SIN for Hopsice

THIS Saturday night will be a real treat for lovers of music as a stellar line up take to the Kavanaghs stage, and all in aid of a very worthy charity.

THIS Saturday night will be a real treat for lovers of music as a stellar line up take to the Kavanaghs stage, and all in aid of a very worthy charity.

Both local and national music stars will be coming together to perform as part of SIN for Hospice, which will be raising much needed funds in aid of Laois Hospice. Included on the bill are the wonderful Duke Special, Strength in Numbers (SIN), Adela Meally, Bill Coleman, and Gary Dunne.

Strength in Numbers members have organised the gig and have been floating the idea around for a few years. Band member Vinnie O’ Brien told Stage Left that tickets are selling well so far for the gig, but he encouraged people to get out and get theirs soon if they haven’t done so already.

As well as a wonderful night’s entertainment from a very talented bunch, the main aim of the night is to raise as much money as possible for Laois Hospice.

“The Hospice are absolutely brilliant, I have had dealings with them in the past and they do their jobs really well. All of our band members have lost family members and have dealt with Hospice. The thing about them is people won’t know about them until they have a tragic moment in their lives”.

For those not familiar with SIN, they formed in 1986 and have been playing on and off ever since. Consisting of Michael Rogers on lead vocals, Michael Brennan on lead guitar, Ger Horan on guitar, Ger McEvoy on bass and Vinnie O’ Brien on cajon, the group have been playing Ramsbottoms in Portlaoise regularly to a packed house, and from next month will be taking to the stage in the Druid in Mountmellick.

Duke Special needs no introduction as he played to a full house in Kavanaghs recently. Always a popular performer when he comes to Portlaoise, this is an opportunity to catch a snippet of the quirky Befast crooner in an intimate setting. Maybe fans will hear ‘Freewheel’, or ‘Sweet Sweet Kisses’, or maybe some new material but either way this is a set not to be missed.

Adela Meally has been on a roll since releasing her album last summer, with her band The Meanits. After a whirlwind tour of the country last August, Adela’s star is on the rise. She is also a popular performer in town with her cathy riffs and melodies. Gary Dunne is a Portlaoise native who has been living in London for the past number of years. This is his first time to perform in his hometown for a long time, but rumour has it that Gary has been working on some new material so fans may get a sneak peek this Saturday.

Cork native Bill Coleman is another popular musician who has always received a warm welcome from Portlaoise audiences when he played here. The Cork native has also been working on new material this year, after last year’s unusual project, where he wrote and recorded one song every week and released them on his website as a series called ‘Throwing Shit at a Wall’.

Tickets for the gig are priced at €20 and are available now from Ticketmaster (search under Duke Special), from, and from the pub. Those who cannot make the gig but wish to support the cause can do so by buying a support / donation ticket for just €5. These are available from Kavanaghs, Allbooks, and Planet Golf in Kealew Business Park.