2006

The Alan McGuire Show

South East Radio

Brian will be popping into South East Radio in Wexford to join Alan McGuire on Friday 17th November to help co-present Alan's morning radio show. 

Tune into 95.6FM or listen on-line at www.southeastradio.ie from 10.00am onwards.  You can contact the show via their website or by email: request@southeastradio.ie or by phone on +53 9145222.

The Singer and the Song

The Singer & The SongThis book offers readers a unique insight into the origin of well-known popular songs in Ireland today and will uncover the real story behind the favourite songs of some of Ireland`s most well-known composers. In a unusual and thought-provoking collection this group of recording artists tell us why they decided to record a certain song and invites readers to listen to the songs in a whole new light.

Covering all genres, it includes a contribution from Brian and other artists such as Luka Bloom, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Sharon Shannon, Johnny Logan, Mundy, Liam Lawton, John Spillane and many many more.

The Singer and the Song is out now. Publisher: Hodder Headline Ireland. ISBN: 0340924071.
Half of the royalties from this book will go to Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association
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Black Mountain Review issue 14Brian's short story re-published

Brian's short story, 'The Value Of Flames' is published again in issue 14 of Black Mountain Review.

The Podge & Rodge Show

Podge & RodgeIrish fans watch out - Brian will be a guest on the Podge & Rodge TV Show on Tuesday 7th November. 
Join the terrifying twosome live from Ballydung Manor between 22.50 - 23.20 on RTE 2.

New Irish Concert Dates

New Irish concert dates have just been announced for the up-coming months. Please note that tickets may not be on sale at some of the venues and some box offices may not have the dates registered on their system.

Full dates and details are also listed in the diary page.

 

OCTOBER

Friday 13th - Castlebar:  The Royal Theatre, Old Westport Road. Tele: 0818 300 000  www.royaltheatre.ie
Sunday 15th - Ballybofey:  Jacksons Hotel.  Tele:  +353 (0)74 9131021 Website:  www.jacksons-hotel.ie
Friday 20th - Monasterevin: St.Peter & Pauls Church, Co. Kildare.  Tickets call Jacqui Kennedy on 045 525676.
Saturday 21st - Belfast:  Grand Opera House - Special Re-Opening Concert.  www.goh.co.uk
Friday 27th - Roscommon:  Royal Hotel, Castle St
Monday 30th - Cavan: Kilmore Hotel, Dublin Road. Tele: +353 (0) 49 433 2288 www.hotelkilmore.ie

NOVEMBER

Saturday 11th - Galway:  The Blackbox Theatre, Dyke Road. Box Office: 091-569777 www.townhalltheatregalway.com
Sunday 12th - Dublin:  National Concert Hall - 25th Anniversary Celebrations. With Bill Whelan, Sharon Shannon, Carlos Nunez, Orchestra & Choirs.
Saturday 18th - The Millennium Forum, Derry. Box Office:  02871 26 4426 www.millenniumforum.co.uk
Tuesday 21st - Waterfront Hall, Belfast. Box Office: 02890 334455 Credit Cards: www.tickemaster.ie
Tuesday 28th - Tullamore:  Bridge House Hotel. Tele:  +353 506 22800  www.bridgehouse.com
Wednesday 29th - Wexford:  Riverbank House Hotel, The Bridge.  Tele:  +353 (0)53 23611 Website: www.riverbankhousehotel.com/

 

DECEMBER

Friday 1st - Cookstown: Burnavon Arts & Cultural Theatre. Tele:  +44 (0)28 867 67994  www.burnavon.com
Saturday 2nd - Cookstown: Burnavon Arts & Cultural Theatre. Tele:  +44 (0)28 867 67994  www.burnavon.com
Monday 4th - Armagh:  Market Place Theatre, Market Street. Tele:  +44 (0)28 3752 1821 marketplacearmagh.com
Tuesday 5th - Armagh:  Market Place Theatre, Market Street. Tele:  +44 (0)28 3752 1821 marketplacearmagh.com
Wednesday 6th - Banbridge:  Iveagh Movie Theatre, Downshire Place. Tele: +44 (0)28 4066 2666  www.iveagh.com
Saturday 9th - Tipperary:  Excel Theatre, Tipperary Town. Tele:  +353 62 80520  www.tipperary-excel.com
Tuesday 12th - Enniskillen:  Ardhowen Theatre, Dublin Road. Tele:  + 44 (0)28 6632 5440 www.ardhowentheatre.com
Wednesday 13th - Enniskillen:  Ardhowen Theatre, Dublin Road. Tele:  + 44 (0)28 6632 5440
Thursday 14th - Coleraine:  Riverside Theatre, University of Ulster.  Tel: 028 7032 3232 www.ulster.ac.uk
Friday 15th - Coleraine:  Riverside Theatre, University of Ulster.  Tel: 028 7032 3232 www.ulster.ac.uk
Thursday 21st - Tralee:  Siamsa Tire Theatre, Town Park.  Tele:  353 66 7123055  www.siamsatire.com
Wednesday 27th - Newry:  Canal Court Hotel, Merchants Quay. Tel: +44 (0)28 3025 1234 www.canalcourthotel.com
Thursday 28th - Newcastle:  Slieve Donard Hotel, Downs Road. Tele: +44 (0)28 4372 1066  www.hastingshotels.com 
Friday 29th - Letterkenny:  Mount Errigal Hotel, Ballyraine. Tel: + 353 (0) 74 91 22700 www.mounterrigal.com
Saturday 30th - Castleblayney:  Glencarn Hotel, Monaghan Road. Tel:  +353 (0)42 9746666 www.glencarnhotel.com

Grand Finale Of 1 To Remember

1 To Remember

I know many of you enjoyed the grand finale of '1 to Remember with Brian Kennedy', the winning song from the series was 'Release Me' performed by Red Hurley. 

A big thank you to everyone involved, from the voting public to the studio audiences and to all at RTE and Palemino Productions.

'Hello' Magazine

Issue 933 of the 'Hello' magazine out next Tuesday 22nd August will feature an exclusive interview with Brian. 

'Hello', with a readership of nearly 2.4 million each week, recently interviewed and photographed Brian at his home in Dublin.  For more details log on to www.hellomagazine.com

The Gerry Anderson Summer Showtime Cruise

Driftaway Travel presents The Gerry Anderson Cruise featuring Brian, The Chevy's, Big O & Sean Coyle.

The cruise ship 4* Plus MV Athena departs from the Port of Larne on 13th August and visits Lisbon, The Algarve, Gibralter, Morocco & Spain over ten days.

For more information phone Driftaway Travel on 00353 74 9189460.

Short Stories

BMR issue 13Following on from Brian's short story appearing in 'Breaking The Skin' a few years ago, Black Mountain Review have published another short story of Brian's - Everybody's Married Now. The short story appears in Issue 13 of the magazine.

Black Mountain ReviewIf you missed Brian's short story - 'The Value of Flames' in the 'Breaking The Skin' issue, then good news as they have published it again in Issue 14 of Black Mountain Review.

Copies can be purchased from Black Mountain Review, PO Box 9, Ballyclare, Co Antrim, BT39 0JW.
Issue 13 - £4.00 each plus £1 p&p in the UK.
Issue 14 - £7.50 each including p&p in the UK
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Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford

Brian will be talking about how his career has been strengthened by his own beliefs, as well as performing two songs live on Heaven and Earth - Sunday 6th August. 10.00 am - 11.00 am.

Bray Summer Fest 2006

Brian is now confirmed as the headlining act for Summerfest Sunday's Live Music Extravaganza at the Seafront Bandstand in Bray on Sunday 16th July at 9pm.  This is a free outdoor event.

For more details visit www.braysummerfest.com

University of Ulster - Honorary Degree

Brian received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from Ulster University yesterday in recognition of his distinction as a popular artist.

He enchanted the audience at the Waterfront Hall when he broke into song as part of his acceptance speech. 

To hear his unique tribute log on to the Ulster University website at www.ulster.ac.uk.

Dr Brian Kennedy!

2006 Special Olympics Ireland Games Opening Ceremony

Special Olympics

From 21st-25th June Belfast will host the 2006 Special Olympics Ireland Games. Around 2000 athletes with learning disabilities from all over Ireland will arrive in Belfast to represent their regions across 13 different sports

The Opening Ceremony of The Games, which has attracted a total of 2,000 athletes, 500 coaches and delegates, 5,500 volunteers and 4,000 friends, families and guests will be held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Wednesday 21st June.  Brian will take part in the ceremony by performing a couple of songs. For more details visit www.2006games-belfast.com.

New NI Dates

New Northern Ireland concert dates have just been announced for November.  Tickets go on sale Friday 16th June.  Full dates and details are also listed in the diary page.

Saturday 18th November

Millennium Forum, Derry
Tickets £25.00 / £22.50 / £19.00
Box Office:  02871 26 4426 Credit Cards: www.tickemaster.ie

Saturday 18th November
Millennium Forum, Derry
Tickets £25.00 / £22.50 / £19.00
Box Office:  02871 26 4426 Credit Cards: www.tickemaster.ie

Homebird - Brian's new CD

Homebird cover

At last, Brian’s much anticipated new album has been released! 'Homebird', the new double disc CD includes 14 new studio tracks and a bonus disc of remixes and bonus recordings. It is out now in Ireland and the UK so make sure you have ordered your copy

The track listing below includes 'Go With My Heart', Brian’s brilliant new single, 'Every Song Is A Cry For Love' which represented Ireland at the recent Eurovision Song Contest and 'Homebird' which Brian has been trying out on his recent tour of Ireland.

The CD will be released on the Curb Records label and the Catalogue Number is CURCD217. It is available to purchase now from carolinemusic.com - priced at £14.99 plus P&P.

Listen to the soundbytes below and get a little taster of what to expect. Click on the underlined titles below:

CD 1
CD 2
 
(BONUS ACOUSTIC DISC)
1: What You Wish For
2: Every Song Is A Cry For Love
3: Go With My Heart
4: Destination
5.  Every Song Is A Cry For Love
5: Homebird
6: West 
7: If You Don't Believe Me
8: You Are
9: Silver Hearts On Chains
10: Sea Of Stars
11. West
11: Coming Home
12: For Once In Your Life
13 You Raise Me Up 
13: Let Me In
14: Turn To Me

'1 to Remember'- The new TV Series for Brian

1 To Remember

We are pleased to announce that Brian will present a brand new half-hour 10-week summer entertainment show, ‘1 To Remember with Brian Kennedy’, full of number one hits from the Irish charts through the years. The series will be broadcast on Sunday nights at 8.30pm on RTÉ One from 23rd July.

Members of the public will decide just what number one hits Brian and his guests will be singing. A website has been specially set up to allow members of the public to vote for their favourite five number one hits for each of the ten shows. Ten songs per show will be offered to pick from. After the votes have been counted a selection will then be performed on '1 to Remember with Brian Kennedy'.

The first Irish chart was released in 1962. The 100 number one hits available for the public to choose from will be from across the decades from then right up to the present day. A wide range of songs across the spectrum of genres, styles and tastes will be offered for the public’s vote.

The website, www.rte.ie/tv/1toremember will be launched from Wednesday 24th May. Interested music fans can log on there to cast their vote for the full 10 programmes of the series – along with their favourite Christmas songs for the Christmas Special.

The summer series will culminate in a Grand Finale in which the 10 most popular Irish Number One Hits from the entire series – voted upon by the public each week – will be sung.  

Brian talked of his excitement about the new series. “It’s been a hugely busy, exciting and nerve-wracking time throughout the lead-up and performances for the Eurovision. I’m delighted with how I performed for the country – and for myself – and I’m very much looking forward to the new series. I’m hoping that the Irish public will come out in their droves to vote for their favourite no 1s. After all, they couldn’t vote for me in the Eurovision – but I’m begging them, vote for my songs now – give me the really good ones to sing!”

Members of the public who would like to attend the recording of these shows will also get the opportunity to request tickets on the same website. The e-mail address for tickets to the show is one2remember@gmail.com.  Anyone can request tickets, by leaving both your email and phone number. The show will be recorded at the RTE Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin between 23rd June - 30th June.

2006 Eurovision Song Contest

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The 51st Eurovision Song Contest final took place on Saturday 20th May. Brian's own composition 'Every Song Is A Cry For Love' qualified for the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest and made a piece of Eurovision history by being the 1000th act to perform in the competition at the semi-final show.

Lordi representing Finland were the winners on the night, with Ireland claiming tenth position. Brian wishes to thank you for all your support and votes! View the fans reactions here.

Eurovision 2006 - Brian out and about in Athens!!
Brian and Lordi Brian in AthensBrian in Athens

Photos by Kyran O'Brien/Kobpix - click on photos for slideshows

Click for more Eurovision news & pictures

The Eurovision Song Contest 2006

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 contest will take place in the Olympic Stadium’s Indoor Basketball Hall in Marousi, Athens.

Dress rehearsal

Brian will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final which takes place on Thursday 18 May, in which twenty-four countries will compete for ten places in the final.  These ten will join the fourteen countries who have already qualified for the final, which will be held on Saturday 20 May.  For all the Eurovision updates visit www.eurovision.tv

The following channels will broadcast the contest:
Thursday 18th May: Semi Final
RTE 2 & BBC Three: 8.00 - 10pm

Saturday 20th May:  The 51st Eurovision Song Contest Final
RTE One:  8.00 - 11.10pm / BBC One:  8.00 - 11.05pm / BBC Radio 2: 8.00 - 11.00pm
Good news also for fans in Australia the SBS TV Channel will broadcast both the semi-final and final - visit sbs.com.au/eurovision

Eurovision Press Conference & Dress Rehearsal

Dress rehearsal
Eurovision fever is certainly building as Brian jetted out to Athens on Wednesday 10th May, accompanied by his backing singers: Paula, Una & Fran, as well as a RTE entourage and Curb Records.  The press were also in force for the press conference held at Dublin Airport, so tune into the local news for the coverage. Click here to see what he said to TV Now.

For regular up-dates listen to Marty Whelan's early morning radio show on RTE 2FM, as he will be broadcasting live every day from Athens.  Meanwhile, Ray Darcy's mid-morning radio programme on Today FM will also keep you up-to-date from his base in Dublin

“The first rehearsal went very well,” said Brian. “The sound people were brilliant and the technical crew were second to none. It is always a bit worrying when you’re performing in a new place with a new crew, but they were fantastic.”

Press conference

“When I was first asked to do Eurovision, I really hadn’t seen it coming,” he said. “But I like to take risks in my career. A lot of people pretend not to like Eurovision; it’s a guilty secret. But I’m embracing it and it feels 100% right.”  Asked how it feels to represent a 7 time Eurovision winning country, Brian smiled and said: "No pressure".  For the full transcript log on to www.eurovision.tv

Promotional Itinerary

Throughout April & May Brian will undertake various radio, TV and press interviews.  The promotion is for his Eurovision single - 'Every Song Is A Cry For Love', as well as the release of his new album 'Home Bird' due out in May.

Wednesday 12th April:
Irish World & Irish News - press interviews
BBC Radio 2 ‘Good Morning Sunday’- Aled Jones pre-record interview
BBC Radio Newcastle – live interview
BBC Radio Leicester – live interview
BBC Radio Sheffield – pre-record interview
BBC Radio GMR –  live interview
KCLR Radio – Alan Swan

Radio 2FM Ireland - Playlisted!

Friday 22nd April:  South East Radio, Wexford
Co-present the Breakfast Show, 8-9am. Listen on-line at www.southeastradio.ie

Tuesday 25th April: 
Today FM: The Ray D'Arcy Show
. Listen on-line at www.todayfm.com
TV3 Entertainment News with Lorraine Keane
TTV on RTE 2
Interview on the 6.25pm slot with Aidan Power

Wednesday 26th April:   Nationwide (TV Show)  RTE1
At Home With Brian - 7pm

Thursday 27th April:  FM104 Radio
The Strawberry Alarm Clock Show.  Listen on-line at www.fm104.ie

Friday 5th May:  Late Late Show, RTE 1

In-store Personal Appearances - April
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Friday 21st: Roxy Records, Tralee Square, Tralee - 1.00pm (approx)
Saturday 22nd: Zhivago Records, Eyre Square Shopping Centre, Galway- 1.00pm (approx)
Thursday 27th: HMV Records, Grafton Street, Dublin - 6pm (approx)

BBC Radio 2 - Writing/Music Project

Radio 2 are running a writing and music project with an aim to inspire their listeners to put pen to paper and write about an imaginative encounter with a music hero.

Brian will be promoting this project on Monday 10th April during a live interview on the Drivetime spot with John Inverdale at approx 5.15pm.  Brian will also appear as a guest speaker at the Radio 2 Belfast workshop on 24th April.

To listen to the interview visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

'Every Song Is A Cry For Love' CD

Every Song Is A Cry For Love - CD Cover

The song 'Every Song Is A Cry For Love' written by Brian and performed for the first time on the Late Late Show was voted by the public as the song to represent Ireland in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.

This CD single is due for release in Ireland on Friday 21st April

Catalogue Number: CUBC118.  Additional track: ''All Over The World'.

UK Tour Dates

Brian is pleased to announce he will be back on the road touring again this spring and summer. Please watch this space for more dates to be released shortly.  Tickets for the following venues go on sale Friday 17th February at 9.00am.

Saturday 3rd June:  Manchester: Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street
www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk  B.O.- 0161 907 9000

Monday 5th June: London: Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green.
www.shepherds-bush-empire.co.uk  B.O.: 020 7771 2000

New dates announced for Dublin

July:  10th, 11th, 13th, 14th & 15th
Dublin:  Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street
www.tickemaster.ie  Tickets: +353 1 4569569

More details announced for the UK
Wednesday 7th June:  Glasgow:
The Old Fruitmarket
www.cpllive.co.uk /www.glasgowcityhalls.com  0141 353 8000

Friday 2nd June:  Gateshead, The Sage,
St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays,
www.thesagegateshead.org  Box Office: 0191 443 4661

Tuesday 6th June: Leicester, De Montfort Hall, Granville Road
www.demontforthall.co.uk  Box Office: 0116 233 3111

University of Ulster - Honorary Degree

The University of Ulster have unveiled its list of honorary graduates for the summer 2006 ceremonies.  In the field of the arts, Brian Kennedy and dramatist Marie Jones are honoured.

Brian will receive the degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his distinction as a popular artist. For more information visit www.ulster.ac.uk.

St Patrick's Day Celebrations for London

London will turn green on Sunday 12th March, when tens of thousands turn out for the capital's celebrations to mark St Patrick's Day.

London Mayor Ken Livingston is backing this year's festivities which is being organised in partnership with Tourism Ireland, with Guinness also on board as a sponsor for the first time. More than 4,000 musicians, dancers and Irish community representatives will take part in the parade through central London, which this year features Circus Bizarre, a special piece of street theatre by Irish Street Theatre company Macteo that was a highlight at last years Dublin parade.

In Trafalgar Square there will be Hothouse Flowers, Altan, Gemma Hayes, The Chalets, Tara Blaise and very special guest Brian Kennedy.

Covent Garden – Bap Kennedy, Declan O'Rourke, Claire Sproule, The Men They Couldn't Hang and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann – plus Irish Speciality Food Market.

Leicester Square – Outdoor Ceili, music workshops, Celtic kids zone and crafts exhibition, courtesy of the Crafts Council of Ireland.

This is a free event during the day.  The approx time for the Parade from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square is between 12pm - 3pm.  Festival ends at 6pm.  Approx on stage time for Brian is 2.40 - 3.20pm  Other events are also taking place in the capital throughout the week.  View www.london.gov.uk for more details.

'Late Late Show' Eurovision Special

'Every Song Is A Cry For Love' written by Brian and performed for the first time on the Late Late Show was voted by the public as the song to represent Ireland in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.

The final three songs were:
"Every Song Is A Cry For Love" written by Brian Kennedy
"The Greatest Song Of All" - written by Jimmy McCarthy
"All Over The World" written by Don Mescall

Over 700 writers submitted their songs and Brian performed the final three for Eurosong 2006 on Late Late Show Eurovision Special on Friday 17th February.  The public voted by telephone and text to secure Brian song its place in the Eurovision Semi-final on Thursday 18 May.

Brian, on the announcement that his song had won, said: "I am so delighted that the public have chosen this song but I would have been proud to bring any of the three songs I performed tonight to Athens. I'm really looking forward to representing Ireland on the Eurovision stage. Roll on 18th May!"

Kevin Linehan, Commissioning Editor of Entertainment programmes, said: "Brian did justice to all three songs tonight. Any of them would have given us a great shot on the Eurovision stage. We are sure that Brian will do Ireland proud in Athens in May."

The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final takes place on Thursday 18 May, in which twenty-four countries will compete for ten places in the final.  These ten will join the fourteen countries who have already qualified for the final, which will be held on Saturday 20 May.  RTÉ Television will broadcast both shows live.

Ireland v Wales Rugby International

Brian has been asked to perform the National Anthems at the Ireland v Wales 6 Nations International at Landsdown Road, Dublin on Sunday 26th February.  Kick off is at 15.00.

Visit irishrugby.ie for venue and ticket details.

'Late Late Show' set for Eurovision special

RTÉ Television has announced that a 'Late Late Show' special will be broadcast on 17th February, showcasing Brian performing Ireland's four potential Eurovision songs.

Viewers will be invited to vote for the song to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens in May.

Over 500 writers have already submitted songs and RTÉ has also decided to extend the closing date for song submissions to Friday 27 January. The final four songs, as picked by a committee, will be sung by Brian on the 'Late Late Show' special.

Songs can be submitted to the following address before 5.30pm on 27 January: c/o Fidelma Kelly, Entertainment Department, RTÉ Television, New TV Building, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland

UPDATE:

'Late Late Show' Eurovision Special

The final songs for Eurosong 2006 have been selected from a public competition and Brian will perform them on the Late Late Show Eurovision Special. Tune into RTE TV One on Friday 17th February from 9.30pm to decide Ireland's entry to The Eurovision Song Contest in Athens.

Over 700 writers submitted their songs and the finalists were announced by Pat Kenny on last week's Late Late Show. We are delighted and excited to announce that 'Every Song Is A Cry For Love', written by Brian made it into the top three songs selected to be performed on the night!

Voting lines (phone and text) will open after Brian has performed all three songs and then it is up to you to decide which song will represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens in May. 
To vote for "Every Song Is A Cry For Love" written by Brian Kennedy
call: 1513 71 71 03 or text SONG C to 53600

To vote for "The Greatest Song Of All" - written by Jimmy McCarthy
call: 1513 71 71 01 or text SONG A to 53600

To vote for "All Over The World" written by Don Mescall
call: 1513 71 71 02 or text SONG B to 53600

Everyone who votes for the winning song will automatically be entered into a competition to win a Renault Megane Cabrio (visit rte.ie for more details).  So it's fingers crossed all round!  Get voting!

Creative Belfast Showcase

Belfast City Council is hosting a glittering showcase evening on Thursday 9th February to celebrate the City’s vibrant cultural and artistic life. Creative Belfast Showcase 2006 will celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of Belfast-based arts organisations and individuals. It will also show the important role culture and the arts have to play in our quality of life and in the regeneration of our city.

The Creative Showcase evening promises a fabulous extravaganza presenting a celebration of the year’s most memorable cultural highlights in Belfast. Drama; dance; literature; music; crafts; film; television & video; public art and visual arts will all be represented!

The event is to hosted by Joe Linsey and Emma Louise Johnston and Brian has been invited to perform and close the show, as well as a brief interview about his book.

Creative Belfast Showcase is a free-ticketed event and a limited number of free tickets are available for Creative Belfast Showcase 2006, (limited to 4 tickets per person, offered on a first come, first served basis). Telephone the Waterfront Hall Box Office now on: 028 9033 4455.  For more information visit - www.waterfront.co.uk

Today With Des & Mel on ITV1

Des & MelTV veteran Des O' Connor and Melanie Sykes, a former model present this lunchtime show, with its award-winning mix of lively banter, top celebrity guests, chart-topping musical performances and great competitions in front of a live studio audience.

Brian will be a guest of the show which is due for broadcast on Friday 13th January, between 1.30-2.30pm

If you have a question you would like to ask Brian, please e-mail them in to desandmel@itv.com. For further details visit www.carlton.com/desandmel

'The Very Best of Love Legends' CD

This double CD from Capital Gold brings together a host of classic tracks from a host of top artists. Included on the compilation is Brian's chart single 'You Raise Me Up'

Other artists include John Lennon's endearing 'Woman' to Robbie Williams' anthem 'Angels'.  Hot Chocolate's 'You Sexy Thing' to Bryan Ferry's classy take on 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'.

George Best - 1946 - 2005

I am sure you are aware that tens of thousands of people converged in Belfast on Saturday 3rd December to say a final farewell to Northern Ireland's football legend George Best.  A private blessing was held at the family home in Cregagh, before a public funeral at the Parliament at Stormont.

Brian was invited to sing at the funeral by request of the Best family and I know he found it such a moving day and was amazed he even got one note out, never mind the whole song.

The response to the whole event has been overwhelming and due to the public demand and requests a charity record is due to be released shortly.

George Best - 'A Tribute'

George Best – 'A Tribute' - Charity Single - OUT NOW!
The original music performed at the very moving funeral of George Best, featuring both Brian Kennedy and Peter Corry has been released as a charity single in Ireland & the UK and is available now. To purchase a copy contact Caroline Music on +44(0)28 9266 5691 or online at www.carolinemusic.co.uk

Highest Chart Position:  Number 4 - The Official UK Single Charts (14/1/06)
Irish Recorded Music Association - Number 3 (19/1/06

Track listing:
1. You Raise Me Up - Brian Kennedy
2. The Long and Winding Road - Peter Corry
3. Bring Him Home/Vincent - Peter Corry/Brian Kennedy

Release Date: Ireland - Friday 23rd December / UK - Monday 26th December.

Brian, Peter Corry & Curb Records have donated their royalties to The George Best Foundation’. The Best Family have given their full support, including Calum who will be making television appearances as the spokesperson for the record. 

When informed of the charity record, Professor Roger Williams CBE, George’s surgeon, gave the following quote: "The final photos of George Best shocked many people but George wanted these to serve as a warning.  It was his wish, and that of his family - as a tribute to that wonderful talent that gave pleasure to so many - that a Fund should be established in his name to support research into liver disease, which causes suffering to so many."

George’s sister, Barbara NcNally also said; “The family would like to assure the public that George never took his liver transplant for granted. Through the George Best Foundation we aim to raise funds to carry out research into alcoholism and liver disease.”

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.

Music Week Chart 14/1/06

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