ONE of the most popular Irish bands of 1960’s and 70’s, the legendary Miami Showband, will grace the stage of the Newcastle Centre as part of the Newcastle Summer Season entertainment programme on Friday 5th August at 8pm.
On the 31st July 1975, The Miami Showband made headline news all around the world for all the wrong reasons – the most successful showband of the seventies suffered a tragedy, which is still talked about today, when three members of the band were killed in a paramilitary attack.
However, following a hugely successful reunion theatre tour in 2008, the three original surviving members decided to take the show back on the road and they are making just as big an impact today as they did back in the glitzy 70’s!
Des Lee, Steve Travers and Ray Miller are joined by three of Ireland’s finest musicians – Barry Woods, Gerry Brown and occasional member Johnny Fean.
The band have been playing to sold out crowds, earning standing ovations and giving their fans a superb show, complete with three-piece brass ensemble and seamless four piece harmonies, all topped off with a professionalism that only seasoned showband musicians can deliver.
Free Summer Days events on the Prom – On Wednesdays (2-4pm) why not drop into our weekly Drumming Circle sessions where tutor Aidan Milligan will teach participants to play the South African Djembe drums.
On Thursdays (10am – 12pm), Martin McParland will introduce the Art of Outdoor Sketching.
On Saturday 30 July at 1pm and 2.30pm Mr H, the silent clown, will grapple with everyday objects in his attempt to turn the world inside out and upside down in his one-man family friendly show. Expect spectacular acrobatics!
To purchase tickets (£15 / £12) and for further information, please contact Down Arts Centre box office on 028 4461 2233 or visit www.newcastlesummerseason.com.
The Ultimate Guide is available for download at www.downartscentre.com.