The very best of Derry’s musical talent will this weekend come together for a fundraising gig in memory of the late Eamonn Moore
All proceeds from this Friday night’s gig at Bennigans Bar - featuring Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas, Best Boy Grip and Our Krypton Son among others - will go to Foyle Search and Rescue (FSR).
Eamonn (21) went missing from his his Jefferson Court home in Derry on November 26 of last year.
His body was recovered from the Foyle in late March.
In June, a BBC documentary ‘Life Patrol: On The Banks Of The Foyle’ highlighted both the work of FSR and the personal experience of the Moore family during the search for Eamonn.
His sister Mairead says the documentary helped get the work of FSR across to a wider audience.
She says the family have since been told the programme affected many people - including the raft of musicians lined up to play.
“All the bands lined up to play have told us how much the documentary affected them. The director Des Henderson did a brilliant job.
“We obviously knew all the good work that Foyle Search and Rescue do, but a lot of people didn’t until they watched the documentary.”
Mairead says all proceeds from Friday’s gig will go towards the charity’s running costs - estimated at around £90,000 each year.
“People are surprised when they hear FSR dont get any help financially and rely so much on donations,” she says.
Among those lined up to play on Friday night are local band Seraphis - who feature a cousin of Eamonn’s in their line up.
“He was very very close to my brother,” Mairead says,”and really wanted to play on Friday.”
She says that willingness to get involved is common among all those lined up to play.
“It’ll be a really unique night. The bands aren’t going to stick to their normal sets and there will be a lot of collaborations on the night,” Mairead says.
“We are really grateful to all the bands who are giving their time for free and to Joe at Bennigans for organising the night.”
As well as Paddy Nash, Our Krypton Son, and Best Boy Grip, Ruairí O’Doherty and Jeanette Hutton are also on the bill.
More names are to be confirmed this week.
The night gets underway with a quiz at 7:30, hosted by Mairead, while the first bands take to the stage around 9pm.
Radio Foyle’s Mark Patterson is hosting the evening, that will also feature an auction.
“Anyone who would like to contribute anything to be auctioned off can drop it down to Joe at Bennigans,” Mairead says.