A poignant tribute to talented local musician Stevie Martin was included in the Gasyard Feile’s open air finale show.
The music of the young man, who went under the stage name Rainy Boy Sleep, was incorporated into the Rise of the Phoenix fire and music show at the Gasyard on Monday night.
29-year-old Lifford native Stevie had been missing for almost a month before his remains were recovered near Sligo at the weekend.
Prior to this, a major search for the singer had been under way after his car was located at Fanad Lighthouse last week.
The three songs played at the Gasyard were two of Rainy Boy Sleep’s album tracks, ‘Vantage Points’ and ‘Bottom of the Sea’, as well as a new song he recorded entitled ‘Mary Anne’.
Rainy Boy Sleep’s music provided the backdrop for a series of stunning fire installations and moving, and was also the soundtrack which accompanied the burning Phoenix as it rose into the night sky.
The artist was well know across Derry, Limavady and Inishowen and the rest of Donegal and had played regularly across the north west region. He had also lived in Derry and formerly in Limavady.
His recordings and performances at several major festivals, including coveted spots at Glastonbury and Electric Picnic, have drawn international acclaim and a legion of dedicated fans, including numerous other artists.
He had also performed locally at major events such at Stendhal and Music City in Derry as well as Celtronic festival events.
Stevie’s Funeral is due to take place on Friday, August 19, at 11am at the Derry/Donegal Christian Fellowship, 9 Northland Road, Derry, with cremation afterwards in Co Cavan.
The cremation after the service will be for family only.
The family have asked for no flowers, and donations if desired to Hope Outreach Charity and the RNLI Donegal c/o Shaun Kelly and Son Funeral Directors, Oakfield, Raphoe.