Blackthorn is coming to Limavady’s Drumceatt Square, outside the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre / Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró, on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, 17 March from 1 - 3pm.
The longest serving Blackthorn member Brian McAteer, plays the fiddle, keyboards, guitar, bass, tin whistle and he sings... and when he’s done all that, he manages the band’s affairs. Blackthorn has featured Brian’s song writing talents on ‘Give it Some Stick’ and ‘Heave Away’.
When Blackthorn welcomed lead singer Davy Muldrew into the band in walked a singer songwriter, film score composer, session guitarist and radio broadcaster.
Dermot McAteer joined Blackthorn a few years ago, playing flute and whistles. Dermot’s first recording with Blackthorn was on the ‘Give it some Stick’ CD which includes his version of the Furey’s classic ‘The Lonesome Boatman’ and he has toured with the band in Bahrain, Germany and of course gigs across Britain and Ireland.
Being a multi-instrumentalist (bass, acoustic guitar, banjo, whistle, to name but a few) and with a love of folk music Mark Johnston was talent spotted playing with folk band ‘Shindig’. Mark began his Blackthorn career in 1997 and has not looked back. He has recently established his credentials as a song-writer recording ‘Into the West’ a song about his home in Cushendun.
Eamonn O’Carroll was well known to the drumming fraternity all over Ireland as a member of the famous Baraka rock/blues outfit lead by Rab McCullough. Eamonn notably played support for legends AC/DC. Eamonn also adds to the vocal range of the band.
Geraldine Smyth, Arts Outreach & Events Officer, said, “Come along and join us for an afternoon of craic in the Sqaure with Blackthorn. As one of Northern Ireland’s best loved bands, let Blackthorn kick-off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.”