2005

 

The Kelly Show
Sadly, the last ever Kelly show will take place on Friday 16th December, ending a seventeen year reign as Northern Ireland's most consistently popular entertainment show and because it is the last one, will last for two hours. Brian will join a galaxy of stars: Peter Corry, The Corrs, Westlife, Ronan Keating, Eamonn Holmes and former hostage Brian Keenan to pay tribute, in words and song. The show will broadcast live on UTV between 8.30pm and 10.30pm. Kelly fans in England, Scotland and Wales can now watch the show via Digital Satellite system. For more information visit www.u.tv

GMTV & LK Today
Tune into ITV1 on Tuesday 20th December as Brian will be chatting to the hosts of GMTV and then performing on the Lorraine Kelly Show. GMTV is now in its fifteenth year and airs between 6.00 - 9.25am, 7 days a week. It brings you up to date with the mornings latest news and views, with real-life stories, celebrity exclusives, TV reviews, etc. Lorraine Kelly presents her own GMTV show - entitled LK Today. Born in Glasgow, Lorraine joined GMTV at its launch in January l993. For more information go to www.gm.tv

Sunrise - SKY TV
.Former GMTV anchorman Eamonn Holmes now hosts the breakfast show Sunrise on SKY TV. Brian will be a guest of the show on Wednesday 21st December between 6.00 - 9.00am.

The Joe Duffy Show
Brian and The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern are amongst guests of The Joe Duffy Show on Saturday 24th December. Tune into RTE1 between 10.00 - 11.00am for a Christmas Special programme. Do remember that you can also listen online at www.rte.ie

George Best - 1946 - 2005

Tens of thousands of people are converging on East Belfast to say a final farewell to Northern Ireland football legend George Best. A private blessing will be held at the family home in Cregagh, before a public funeral at the Parliament at Stormont. Brian has been invited to sing at the funeral by request of the Best family, which takes place on Saturday 3rd December. Three hundred invited guests will attend a special service in the Great Hall at Stormont, to be led by TV presenter and Manchester United supporter Eamonn Holmes. BBC One are holding a TV News Special at 11am and Radio Ulster are also broadcasting live. Visit bbc.co.uk for full details. Personal tributes can be left at the National Football Museum, which will be housed in the museum's collections in Preston as a lasting memory, visit nationalfootballmuseum.com for information.

2006 Eurovision Song Contest

The Hot Off The Press news for today is that Brian will perform Ireland’s entry for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. He has been chosen to represent Ireland in Athens, Greece in May 2006. The song will be chosen by the public, and budding and established songwriters have been invited to submit compositions to RTE. All compositions should be entered before December 17th 2005 and a panel of respected judges will look at all entries and a shortlist of four-songs will be made. The four songs will be performed by Brian and voted upon by the public in a one-hour television special to be broadcast in early spring. “RTE are delighted that a singer of Brian Kennedy’s international reputation, talent, and renown will be representing Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. I believe he will do us proud in Athens and enable us to give it our very best shot,” said Kevin Linehan, Commissioning Editor for entertainment programmes at RTE Television. “He is prolific in a wide range of musical genres and contexts; from traditional Irish songs in intimate venues to international showstoppers on the Riverdance stage. The challenge now is to find the show-stopping song Brian will perform on the night,” Linehan said. The 2006 edition of the song contest will take place in the Olympic Stadium’s Indoor Basketball Hall in Marousi, Athens. The Hall was inaugurated in 1995 and has a seating capacity of 18,500 people.

Celtic Connections Festival 2006

Glasgow's international festival of traditional music is back in January! Brian is also booked to return for a concert on Tuesday 17th January! The biggest winter festival of its kind in the world, Celtic Connections features artists from around the globe in 12 venues across the city. Entering its 13th year, you might say it has come of age, and continues to maintain a reputation that rivals the biggest & best arts festivals in the world. From concerts, ceilidhs and club-nights to drums, drams and dancing, there is something for everyone! Tickets are on sale now from The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY
Tel : 0141 353 8000 www.celticconnections.com

Roman Song'Roman Song' - Brian's new novel is out NOW!

'Roman Song' is the much anticipated sequel to Brian's novel 'The Arrival of Fergal Flynn'. When Fergal Flynn's remarkable singing talent is discovered by world-renowned opera star Alfredo Moretti, the young man sets out from his native Belfast for Rome, to study under the famous singer. This new, sophisticated world is a far cry from working-class Belfast. But Fergal soon finds out that escaping from a troubled past is not just a matter of geography. The more he tries to disguise his rough edges, the harder it becomes for him to unearth his true voice. He must dig deep if he is to rise to the challenge. Moving back in time to the glamour of 1950s Venice, Roman Song also tells
the story of three leading lights of Tosca - Alfredo, Marla Davis and Brendan Fiscetti - and of Amelia, the beautiful widowed countess, whose entrance stage-left creates a bitter rift between the three companions. When, three decades on, Alfredo gets word that Brendan Fiscetti is starring at the Teatro where Fergal works backstage, it becomes clear that Fergal is not the only one running from his past. 'Roman Song is an enchanting and funny tale of coming to terms with your true self, and of how facing your demons can open the door to the fulfilment of dreams.

Due for release on trade paperback in Ireland on 29th October 2005 through Publishers - Hodder Headline Ireland. ISBN: 0340832312

Order here your copy of 'Roman Song'!!

'Roman Song' - out on Trade Paperback priced £10.99
Postage and packing is £2.00 within the UK, £3.50 for Europe & £3.95 Worldwide.

Credit card payment accepted by completing the order form here or
send your details by email to jane@briankennedy.co.uk.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘These Days’ and sent to the fan club address: Brian Kennedy - These Days, PO Box 7777, Edinburgh, EH9 1YX, Scotland. Detail clearly your name and address.

'Roman Song' Book Signings

Brian will be signing his book 'Roman Song' at the following stores:

Belfast: Waterstones, 44-46 Fountain Street. On Wednesday 9th November 2005 at 6.00pm
Dublin: Eason Dundrum Shopping Centre. On Saturday 12th November at 2pm

August

Saturday Night With Miriam

The Miriam O'Callaghan Show reveals the primetime presenter's lighter side as each week she chats to three well-known guests, both Irish and international, about their lives and careers. Brian will appear on the last programme of the series, broadcast on Saturday 13th August on RTÉ 1 between
9.25 - 10.30pm. Tune in for some chat and song!

'Clannad - Live In Concert'

Clannad's latest CD release - 'Live In Concert' captures them at the height of their playing abilities performing a diverse range of their material in previously unrecorded arrangements. Brian duets with Clannad on the song 'In A Lifetime'. The track was recorded when Brian opened for Clannad on their tour in the '90s and where he was also invited to share the stage to perform 'In A Lifetime' To purchase a copy of the 'Clannad - Live In Concert' CD visit clannad.ie

July

Tour Dates for Ireland

Saturday 30th July
'Lark in the Park': Terryland, Galway, Ireland
Featuring: Brian & his Band, Hothouse Flowers & Aslan
Gates: 1.30pm. Show: 2pm
Online bookings: Ticketmaster

Sunday 31st July
'A Hooley in Cooley', Father McEvoy Park, Cooley, Ireland
Featuring: Brian & his Band, Hothouse Flowers, Aslan, The Revs & more. Gates: 1.30pm Show: 4.00 - 11.00pm
Online bookings: Ticketmaster

Monday 1st August
United Park, Drogheda, Ireland
Brian & his Band, Hothouse Flowers & Aslan
More details soon.

New web letter from Brian - July 2005

Hey there,

Jane asked me to send you a wee message to say hello and indeed to say THANKS for all your efforts to come and see me on the recent UK tour. I had a great time as always because as you know, playing live is the closest thing to my heart and I love meeting everyone afterwards at the signings.

It was also a thrill to have JAMES BLENNERHASSETT on the road (yes, that's really how you spell his name)...The BLENN (as we call him) and I have been working together on and off now for about 15 years...Can you believe that? Here's to 15 more.

Well, after the tour I went straight to the writers retreat at ANNAGHMAKERRIG, Co MONAGHAN (get your maps out!).... I'm knee deep in the new Novel which is a sequel to 'THE ARRIVAL OF FERGAL FLYNN'... kind of THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF.... but that's not what it's called. It really is the hardest thing in the world to get the time and concentration to work on the stories but I feel incredibly privileged at the same time to be able to devote so much of my life to this stuff.

I haven't forgotten about a NEW ORIGINAL album either... Calum MacColl and I have some plans afoot.... there's a new batch of songs to consider and some more to write but all is going in the right direction I'm glad to say... I still want to do my JONI MITCHELL tribute album... not to mention a possible SWEETMOUTH reunion.. but all in good time I suppose....

In the meantime, thanks again for all your interest and support and I hope to see you again soon at a venue somewhere down the road, be it a book shop / record shop or a GIG!

LOVE....BRIAN KENNEDY X
JULY 05....DUBLIN

June

Coulter And Company

Brian will join Phil and guests on this music and chat show hosted by composer and musician Phil Coulter. The show is due for broadcast on Friday 24th June on RTE1 TV from 9.30 - 10.35pm

Tour Dates for Ireland

The Four Seasons, Carlingford, Co. Louth, Ireland

Sunday 7th August. For tickets and further information contact the hotel on 00353 (0)42 93 73530

02 Present Twilight Racing

Brian has been booked to perform at Limerick Racecouse on Friday 24th June 2005.
Gates open at 4pm. First race at 5.30pm. Brian on stage approx 8ish.

Tickets from: Dolans - 061 314483. The Race Course - 061 32000. Ticketmaster - ticketmaster.ie

The Arrival Of Fergal Flynn'The Arrival of Fergal Flynn' is out now on paperback

The paperback first edition of 'The Arrival of Fergal Flynn' was released on 1st June 2005. ISBN: 0 340 83230 4

Key Reviews
Sunday Tribune: ‘A brave and impressive achievement.’ Dermot Bolger,

Irish Times: ‘The strength of the book is in the detail … the dialogue … and the humour.’

Sunday World: ‘Intriguing and superbly constructed story.’

Woman’s Way: ‘Highly recommended.’

Ireland on Sunday: ‘A perfect blend of pathos and humour … sensitively written.’

Book signings: Thursday 9th June:
Please contact the bookshop directly for signing times -
Eason Dundrum Town Centre
Eason Tallaght
Easons Liffey Valley
Easons Blanchardstown
Easons The Pavilions Swords
Hughes & Hughes The Pavilions Swords

May

An Exclusive Evening with Brian Kennedy

Join Brian in concert for this one-off intimate show, hosted by BBC television presenter, Craig Doyle at the Radisson SAS, St Helen’s in Dublin on June 2nd 2005 includes a 4-course dinner. All proceeds of the event will go to The Leprosy Mission (TLM) charity.

Despite popular opinion, leprosy continues to be a public health problem in 14 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Leprosy Mission works to cure and rehabilitate leprosy sufferers, their families and communities. Ireland has made an enormous contribution in the global campaign to eradicate leprosy.

Tickets are ­120 Euros per person. To book, please contact Ian Horner at 003531 269 8804 - www.leprosymission.org or Deidre O'Connell at Ross Communications on 003531 633 4033

The Millennium Forum, Derry

Two shows have just been announced for Sunday 20th & Monday 21st November 2005 at The Millennium Forum in Derry. Tickets are now on sale priced between: £14.50 - £22.50.

Box Office Number: 028 7126 4455 Venue Info - www.millenniumforum.co.uk

Mark Radcliffe - BBC Radio 2

Brian mentioned at his Manchester show that he was recently interviewed by BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe. Curb Records have just confirmed that the interview will be aired on Mark's show between 10.30pm and Midnight on Monday 23rd May.

You can listen to Radio 2 on 88-91FM or digitally on your TV via Freeview, Satellite, Cable and Digital Radio. Or worldwide via the internet at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2, which also offers a listen again facility.

Middlewich Folk Festival
Brian will be performing at the Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival on Sunday 19th June.
For tickets contact the Box Office on 0709 239 0501. For further festival information log on to middlewichfestival.org/

April

BBC Radio Ulster celebrates 30 years of radio with top Northern Irish talent

To mark the station’s 30th anniversary and to thank its listeners for making it the most widely listened to radio station in Northern Ireland, BBC Radio Ulster will host a massive music event at the newly opened Custom House Square, Laganside, Belfast.

On Sunday 29th May from 6-11pm, Brian along with Andy White, Juliet Turner, Cara Dillon, Altan will take to the stage to say “thank you” to the station which has championed so many Northern Ireland acts over the past 30 years. John Toal and Cherrie McIlwaine will present the concert live on air while John Daly presents from the stage with Kim Lenaghan in the audience.

Ticket requests for this date must be made via the BBC NI Ticket line on 0870 333 1918

London date added to Brian's UK tour
Saturday 4th - St James Church, 197 Piccadilly, London
Enquiries: 020 7381 0441
Ticketmaster 020 7344 4040
Venue Info: www.st-james-piccadilly.org

March

3 More Dates Added To Brian's Up-coming UK tour

Thursday 19th May: Manchester Academy 2, Oxford Road
Box Office: 0161 832 1111
Venue Info: www.manchesteracademy.net

Friday 20th May: Liverpool Academy, 160 Mount Pleasant
Box Office: 0151 256 5555
Venue Info: www.liverpoolacademy.co.uk

Wednesday 1st June: Leeds: City Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street
Box Office: 0113 243 0808
Venue Info: www.cityvarieties.co.uk

Music Live: Sondheim - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Brian will join Maria Ewing, Jacqui Dankworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra to celebrate the music of Stephen Sondheim recorded at the Millennium Forum in Northern Ireland. The concert will be broadcast on BBC4 on Thursday, 24th March at 7.00pm

Sondheim first hit the big time with West Side Story and since then has become one of the most celebrated musical lyricists of all time.

Brian will be returning to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Tickets are now on sale for Brian's concert at The Waterfront Hall on Wednesday 16th November.

For Credit Card Bookings & Information contact the Box Office on 02890 334455 (10am-6pm) or Ticketmaster - 0870 243 4455 (24 hours). Online bookings at www.ticketmaster.ie
Venue Info: www.waterfront.co.uk

Brian's Tour Dates for New Zealand - March 2005

Wednesday 23rd
Wellington: Tele: 04 384 2896 Sunday 27th
Christchurch: Canterbury Family Festival Of Music
Tele: 03 980 7541
Thursday 24th
Dunedin: The Arc, 135 High St
Tele: 03 474 1135 Tuesday 29th
Lyttleton: Harbour Light, 24 London St
Tele: 03 328 8615
Friday 25th
Geraldine: Tele: 03 693 8090 Wednesday 30th
Auckland: Tele: 09 376 4600

Saturday 26th
Christchurch: Canterbury Family Festival Of Music
Tele: 03 980 7541
Thursday 31st
Auckland: Real Groovy Records (In-store Appearance)

'Brian Kennedy in New York'

Brian will be getting BBC ONE NI viewers in the mood for St Patrick’s Day with the one-off special - 'Brian Kennedy in New York' due for broadcast on Wednesday, March 16th, 10.50pm

Brian crosses the Atlantic and heads to the Big Apple to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style and looks at how Irish music has made an impact on New York over the years. Offering an intriguing history into a rich musical culture, Brian explains how musicians with Irish and Northern Irish roots have made their mark on such famous New York spots as Broadway, Madison Square Gardens and Carnegie Hall and provided a soundtrack to Manhattan life.

With contributions from a wide range of singers, musicians and writers, such as Moya Brennan, Frank McCourt, Dana, Dolores Keane, Shane MacGowan and Michael Ball, Brian tells of such musical greats as composer George M Cohan; Londonderry singer-songwriter Stephen Foster; the ‘father of the American Bands’ Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, ‘Irish Beatles’ The Clancy Brothers and, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.

To help illustrate the music written or performed by these lauded singers and songwriters, Brian performs some of their most famed work, lending his own distinctive style to George M Cohan’s - 'Give My Regards To Broadway', Stephen Foster’s - 'Beautiful Dreamer', Gilmore’s - 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home', The Clancy Brothers’ - 'Irish Rover' and 'A Fairytale of New York' by The Pogues and Kirsty MaColl.

Michael Ball, Moya Brennan, Liam Clancy and Dolores Keane are among the artistes who duet with Brian in the performances, which are all set to a stunning New York backdrop.

February

UK Tour Dates to be announced shortly!

Plans are under way for Brian to tour the UK in May/June 2005.
Please keep checking the website for further announcements and details. Please note tickets may not yet be on sale at some venues listed below!

MAY 2005
Tuesday 17th
Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon
Box Office: 020 8688 9291
Venue Info: www.fairfield.co.uk

Saturday 21st
Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon
Box Office: 01793 524481
Venue Info: www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

Sunday 22nd
The Robin 2, 28 Mount Pleasent, Bilston, Dudley, Wolverhampton
Tele: 01902 401211
Venue Info: www.therobin.co.uk

Thursday 26th
Exeter: The Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street
Tele: 01392 667080 www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

Friday 27th
Morecambe: The Platform, Old Station Building, Central Promenade
Tele: 01524 582803

Saturday 28th
Carling Academy, 121 Eglinton Street, Glasgow
Ticket Sales: 0870 771 2000 or www.ticketweb.co.uk
Venue Info: www.glasgow-academy.co.uk/

Monday 30th
Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields
Box Office: 0191 454 1234
Venue Info: customshouse.co.uk

JUNE 2005
Sunday 5th
Wavendon: The Stables, The Laine Dankworth Centre, Stockwell Lane, Milton Keynes.
Tele: 01908 280800
Venue Info: www.stables.org/

Madinat Souk Theatre, New Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Brian will perform in the great new venue - The Madinat Souk Theatre in Dubai on Monday 7th March.
Ticket information: +971 4 3666546. Tickets are priced at AED 165.
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show commences at 8:30 pm.

For more information visit www.madinatjumeirah.com

London Irish Rugby Match

Brian will perform three songs before the London Irish rugby match at 11.30am on Sunday 27th February at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

For venue and ticket information go to www.london-irish.com

Nationwide - RTE 1

Nationwide is a magazine programme designed to reflect the daily lives and day-to- day activities of life in Ireland. Presented by Michael Ryan and Mary Kennedy, topics range from business stories to entertainment information. Brian will appear on Nationwide on Friday 25th February at 7pm.

In-store Signing

Plans are being arranged for Brian to do an in-store signing for 'On Song 2' at Celtic Note, Nassau Street, Dublin. This has now been confirmed and will take place on Saturday 26th February at 1pm.

Promotional Campaign

Brian's radio campaign is now in place and commenced on Saturday 19th February. If you don't live in the broadcast area or miss an interview, log on to bbc.co.uk. Many regions have archive and on-line listening facilities. View the promotional up-dates. Please keep checking the campaign for up-dates as more will be added very soon!

Just Jones - BBC Radio Ulster

Brian will take part in a radio interview and perform a song during his visit to Radio Ulster on Wednesday 16th February. This will be broadcast as part of the George Jones Show from 3.30pm onwards. You can listen to BBC Radio Ulster on 92.4–95.4 FM, 1341 & 873 AM, channel 868 on digital satellite and via the internet at www.bbc.co.uk

The Late Late Show

Brian appeared on the Late Late Show on Friday12th February. In case you missed it, this episode is due to repeat on RTE 1 on Tuesday 15th February at 12.45am.

Daniel O'Donnell Show

Brian will be a guest of Daniel's on his RTE 1 TV show due to be broadcast on Monday 14th February between 8.30pm until 9.00pm.

UK Tour Dates to be announced shortly!

Plans are under way for Brian to tour the UK in May/June 2005. Please keep checking the website for further announcements and details.

Saturday 21st May 2005
Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon
Box Office: 01793 524481
Venue Info: www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

Songs of Praise - 'Unsung Heroes'

Over the course of the next three weeks, Songs of Praise go in search of people who have made a real difference to the world in which we live in. The second episode of 'Unsung Heroes' is scheduled for broadcast on Sunday 13th February on BBC1 between 17.10 - 1745. This episode features a performance from Brian within the grounds of Warwick Castle, England.

Brian to Appeal For Good C.A.U.S.E

Brian will make a special appeal on behalf of C.A.U.S.E for Mental Health on BBC Radio Ulster. C.A.U.S.E is a registered charity in its 10th anniversary year who provide emotional and practical support to carers whose lives are affected by mental illness, such as severe depression, manic depression (bi-polar disorder) and schizophrenia. Further information on the work of C.A.U.S.E is available by phoning 028 9023 8284, or writing to the Charity at Glendinning House, 6 Murray Street, Belfast, BT1 6DN. The BBC Appeal will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday 6th February at 8.50am, repeated at 5.55pm

January

Brian Kennedy 'On Song 2 - Red Sails In The Sunset'

On Song 2

Brian's new album featuring seventeen tracks on the Curb Records label is to be released in the UK on 28th February 2005 and in the Republic of Ireland on Friday 25th February.

Containing many songs that featured in the second, highly successful BBC Northern Ireland TV series, ‘On Song’, ‘Red Sails In The Sunset’ is a typically eclectic and marvellously entertaining collection. Stylistically varied it may be, but Brian's usual high quality standard remains a constant.

There are pleasant surprises a plenty amongst the many stellar performances - like its predecessor, ‘On Song’, ‘Red Sails In The Sunset’ also features Brian in duet with several guest vocalists – namely Juliet Turner, Ralph McTell, Liam Clancy, Lulu, Moya Brennan, Eddi Reader and, in possibly the most inspired pairing of all, former WBA Featherweight boxing champion, Barry McGuigan.

The contrasting timbres of the guest vocalists allows Brian Kennedy to match his considerable voice with his guests in a way that allows both parties to shine – and the results are spellbinding. Whether it is songs of displacement and yearning, such as the Ralph McTell opus, ‘Clare To Here’, or the rambunctious, carousing and breezily good-time romp of ‘Irish Rover’ (with Liam Clancy) Brian is in his element, his creativity given full free rein. The album’s opener (and also the debut single) ‘The Island’, penned by one of Kennedy’s great Irish singer/songwriter contemporaries, Paul Brady, is a duet with Juliet Turner and the two conspire to produce a performance of awesome emotional appeal.

‘Red Sails In The Sunset’ also features two bonus tracks in the shape of ‘Always There’, which sees Brian reviving his collaborative role with the band Secret Garden. ‘Always There’ is a Gospel-infused, inspirational track that is sure to repeat the success of the earlier collaboration. Lastly, there is ‘Non Siamo Isole’, a neo-operatic track which features Brian with The Celtic Tenors. This highlights the flexible qualities of Brian’s voice, his ethereal tones blending brilliantly with their voices to produce yet another true highlight, bringing to an end this polished gem of an album.

Track Listing:
The Island (with Juliet Turner)
Red Sails In The Sunset
From Clare To Here (with Ralph McTell)
Peggy Gordon (with Lulu)
Sweet Sixteen
Galway Bay
Wild Colonial Boy
Irish Rover (with Liam Clancy)
The Contender (with Barry McGuigan)
Beautiful Dreamer (with Moya Brennan)
Red Red Rose (with Eddi Reader)
Minstrel Boy
Spancil Hil
Lakes of Coolfin
Johnny Comes Marching Home
Always There (Secret Garden Featuring Brian Kennedy)
Non Siamo Isole (with The Celtic Tenors)

Catalogue Number: CURCD160.

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Moss Vale Festival, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

MossVale Music Festival presents exceptional musical acts from all over the globe. Now in its fourth year, the next festival will be on Saturday 19th March 2005. Brian is confirmed as one the International artists due to perform.

Festival information: lyrebirdartscouncil.com.au Tickets information: 613 56 649 239
APPROX on stage time for Brian - 3pm (subject to change).

The Blue Mountain Festival, Katoomba, Australia

Brian will be performing at The Blue Mountains Festival of Folk Roots and Blues. The Festival now in it's tenth year contains contains six stages ranging from the intimate Clarendon Cabaret Room to the Mainstage marquee. The Festival takes place from 18th - 20th March 2005. The actual day that Brian will be performing has still to be confirmed. For further Festival information go to bmff.org.au For tickets contact The Blue Mountains Folk Music Festival Association, PO Box 888, Katoomba, NSW 2780, Australia or ring the Festival Hotline Number on 1800 651 322

Liam Neeson Hosts Lyric Theatre Dinner In New York

Liam Neeson hosted an exclusive star-studded dinner for Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in New York on 8th December 2004. Liam Neeson, is Patron of the Theatre where he began his professional career in the 1970s. The event was part of the Lyric’s ongoing capital development campaign, and Liam introduced a number of high-flying New Yorkers to the theatre’s vision for a new twelve million pound development on the banks of the Lagan.

Those who attended the evening were treated to a special performance of readings and music performed by the playwright Marie Jones and actor Ian McElhinney, and of course, by Liam himself. Brian brought his very special style of music to the event, as did composer Neil Martin and pianist Brian Connor. The menus, inspired by the best of Irish cuisine, were specially designed and overseen by the award-winning chef Paul Rankin. The event was compered by BBC presenter Mark Carruthers who is a member of the Lyric Board.

Speaking at the event, Liam Neeson said, “There is still much work to do in Northern Ireland if we are to create a healthy, prosperous and inclusive community after decades of civil unrest. The Lyric Theatre will always be precious to me. I started my professional career there in the seventies, and it helped to shape my future”.

Brian presenting his book to Liam Neeson

Brian and Liam Neeson

Brian, Angela McCloskey, Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson, Kitty Neeson, Brian

Mark Carruthers, Ian McElhinney, Liam Neeson, Marie Jones, Brian, Paul Rankin

Mark Carruthers, Ian McElhinney, Liam Neeson, Marie Jones, Brian, Paul Rankin

Angela McCloskey, Mark Carruthers, Brian Connor, Liam Neeson, Brian, Neil, David Johnston

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