‘Forgotten’ singer returns to Derry city after forty years

Majella singing in the Embassy in 1968.
Majella singing in the Embassy in 1968.

One of Ireland’s top female vocalists of the 1960s - Derry’s own Majella Brady - is returning to the city for her first Derry performance in almost 40years.

Majella now living in Edinburgh, has travelled the world since leaving her native city and has performed in a number of major cities. She will be on stage in the Millennium Forum at a special ‘Variety Concert’ on Sunday, September 14.

Majella says she is delighted to be returning home after so long. Sometimes, she admits, “I feel I am the forgotten singer of Derry”.

Considering the steady ticket sales for the forthcoming concert, it’s clear that the people of Derry have not forgotten Majella and are looking forward to hearing her singing some old Irish classics like “The Spinning Wheel” once again.

The variety concert is the second in a series of special events which are a throw back to the renowned variety concerts which took place at St Columb’s Hall in the 1960s. These concerts still evoke fond memories for people of a certain era; of brilliant, never-to-be-forgotten Sunday nights in the famous old hall; way back then when admission was, in today’s money. 18p, 25p and 30p.

Well, fast forward the clock exactly 50 years to Sunday, September 14, 2014, and the teenagers of that era who may have been to those famous old concerts can once again sit back and relax and enjoy a variety concert in the Millennium Forum.

On the night, some of the entertainers and musicians who entertained the crowds in their carefree youthful days all those years ago, take to the stage once again for a night of pure local nostalgia. This is a night when you will meet some old friends who you may not have seen for years.

Cast your mind back to the days of the Corinthian Ballroom with Dickie McManus and the Woodchoppers, with teenage guitar sensation Colum Arbuckle playing, or to the Pop Inn or Rocking Chair where a young Gerry McDonald was making his stage debut, singing “Noreen Bawn”.

Maybe you were even present at the old St Columb’s Hall when Ireland’s leading female vocalist of the 60s, Majella Brady, was singing some of the old Irish classics.

Or, perhaps, you remember dancing the night away in the old Stardust Ballroom to the fabulous group, The Knights, with super singing duo Seamus Bonnar and Damien McAdams.

Well, all those entertainers will be on stage once again in this variety concert, aiming to take you on a trip down memory lane.

Also appearing will be The Colmcille Ladies Choir, which has performed all over Ireland and in many different countries over the years. The Foyle Big band, and one of Northern Irelands top comics, The Big O, and country legend Brendan Quinn will also be on the bill.

Tickets are priced at £10 and can be booked on the Millennium Forum website or by phoning the Millennium Forum on Tel: 02871 264455.