TWO unique performers will pay special tributes to their musical heroes, past and present, as part of the Newcastle Summer Season entertainment programme.
James Huish will perform his hugely popular tribute to Canadian crooner Michael Bublé at 8pm on Friday 12th August, and Fil Campbell will Say Farewell to Cold Winter in her tribute to Irish folk songs of yesteryear at 8pm on Saturday 13th August.
Belfast-based swing singer James Huish is becoming a household name amongst fans of good music and Michael Bublé in particular, as his musical tribute gains increasing recognition and air-time.
James, who plays all over Ireland and the UK, was invited to perform at the Bungalow B after-show party at the O2 Arena recently, following a sell-out show by award-winning singer-songwriter Michael Bublé at the same venue. He tells this story about meeting the star, “Bublé likes to play table tennis when he has some down time and he was playing when I was invited backstage by the event organisers to meet him. We just chatted about his music and I told him it was great that I could make money by singing his songs. He replied, ‘It’s great, isn’t it! That’s how I make money too!’”
James Huish Plays Michael Bublé will feature all Bublé’s most popular chart-topping songs in a lively two-hour performance. Songs such as Feeling Good, Lost, Call Me Irresponsible, Moondance and I Just Haven’t Met You Yet are belted out with uncanny likeness to the originals, in addition to a selection of songs from legendary singers including Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Leonard Cohen.
On Saturday 13th August why not Say Farewell to Cold Winter and come to the Newcastle Centre where Fil Campbell returns with her affectionate tribute to the Irish folk songs from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.
Fil will perform the songs that were recorded by women like Delia Murphy, Bridie Gallagher and Mary O’Hara, whose lives Fil documented in her RTE documentary series Songbirds. The songs from her most recent CD, Songbirds Part Two: Farewell to Cold Winter as well as those from her earlier recordings such as Old Maid in the Garrett, The Spinning Wheel and many more old favourites, are guaranteed to have you singing along.
Fil is joined by Brendan Emmett on guitar and mandolin, and by Tom McFarland on vocals and percussion. Both performances take place in the Newcastle Centre, Central Promenade, Newcastle.
Check out our FREE Summer Days events on the Prom.
On Wednesdays, 2pm – 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 13th August at 1pm and 2.30pm, The Bad Billies will demonstrate why grown men shouldn’t play with nails and fire whilst wearing tights, in their family friendly show.
And on Sunday 14th August The Martello Jazz Band will entertain those gathered on the Promenade from 2pm – 4pm.
To purchase tickets for James Huish Plays Michael Bublé £12 / £10; Fil Campbell £10 / £8 and for further information, please contact Down Arts Centre box office on 028 4461 2233 or visit www.newcastlesummerseason.com.
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