Moville is eagerly anticipating Ireland’s only annual festival of Beatles music this weekend.
The 6th BeatlesFest on the Lough takes place from last night (Thur) until Sunday, both inside and outside.
For the third year running, Beatles manager, PR guy and talent scout, Tony Bramwell, will be there.
This year will be a little different as Tony has just set up his own record label and is looking for talent. He had previously been head of both Apple Records when he discovered James Taylor and Polydor Records when he had the Bee Gees, The Jam, Roxy Music and Slade in his stable.
Indeed Tony was in charge of the music for Saturday Night Fever and Grease and got the Bee Gees to write and sing the songs for it. He was also in charge of the music for several of the Bond films and got Paul McCartney to do Live and Let Die. Tony is in regular touch with Sir Paul and lets him know all about Moville’s BeatlesFest.
Said Tony Bramwell “Moville is a great little town with lots of friendly people and I love coming here. It’s one of my favourite three places in the world along with Hawaii and Nashville”.
Mick Dunne, from Dublin, who played in The Cavern during Beatle Week in Liverpool last year will be playing both Rosatos and the Sean Ti. Mick is a human juke box and can play most Beatles songs on request.
Said Mick “Playing last year’s Beatles Week in Liverpool was a real buzz and I’m really looking forward to playing at Moville’s BeatlesFest”.
Also playing will be American Michael Thomas who cut his teeth in New York but now operates out of Portstewart. Derry band Claddagh will fuse traditional Irish music with Beatles music on the Sunday night in Rosatos.
Said organiser Gerry McLaughlin, “I’m really excited by the acts coming here this year and it will be great to see Tony Bramwell again. He’s full of magical stories of the greats and is very approachable”.
It was due to kick off in the Sean Ti on ‘Getting Better Night’ which was a Songwriters Night in front of Tony Bramwell with local acts like James & Niamh and Spring Tides showing what they can do. Tonight will be Come Together Night when American Michael Thomas and Mick Dune will be playing.
“There will be music in the open at the picturesque Putting Green Cafe in Bath Green overlooking Lough Foyle on the Day Tripper and Help afternoons (Saturday and Sunday) when musicians are invited to turn up and play for a cream tea. The action will centre on Rosatos with Mick Dunne playing on A Hard Day’s Night (Saturday) followed by a farewell Hello Goodbye Night on Sunday.
Said organiser Gerry “I’ve gone into training for this by playing tennis in Bath Green and Pitch and Putt at Cooley. I think I’m ready now for four hard nights of carousing to Beatles music. Bring it on”.