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deCoste Centre to host a night of Irish song and storytelling

Tom Sweeney, centre, with Kevin Evans and Brian Doherty – all performers who will be paying tribute to the late Tommy Makem at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre, on Oct. 7.
Tom Sweeney, centre, with Kevin Evans and Brian Doherty – all performers who will be paying tribute to the late Tommy Makem at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre, on Oct. 7.

PICTOU – Tommy Makem was a celebrated poet and storyteller with an Irish flair. The deCoste Performing Arts Centre will be celebrating his legacy on Oct. 7.

That celebration will take the form of a musical tribute to Makem, featuring the talents of Evans & Doherty and Tom Sweeney.
A media release from the deCoste Performing Arts Centre said, “even though Tommy passed away in 2007, his spirit lives on in the memories of those that watched him as a beloved performer” – Evans, Doherty and Sweeny intend to honour that spirit in their performances.

Sweeney, described by Darlene MacDonald, manager of the DeCoste Centre, as a “genuine rarity in the field of Irish singing,” is a nephew Makem and shares many of his uncle’s talents.

Sweeney is a balladeer, songwriter and storyteller from Omagh, Country Tyrone – and will be a fitting person to perform a tribute to Makem, considering how much he’s taken after his uncle.

Kevin Evans and Brian Doherty of Evans & Doherty are big contributors to the East Coast music scene, with 34 years of performing under their belt. They too are multi-talented performers.

Information from the deCoste Centre described them as “equally at home in a pub-setting, concert hall, festival or convention,” and stated they are renowned for their ability as musicians, singers, songwriters, promoters and producers.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.
Tickets to the performance will be available at the deCoste Centre box office at (902) 485 8848 or 1-800-353-5338. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.decostecentre.ca.

 

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