The date is set, the bands are booked and a magnificent city-centre venue is ready and waiting.... Organisers of last year’s sublime ‘First Waltz’ are soon to present a recreation of 1969’s legendary Woodstock Festival - live from Derry’s grand St Columb’s Hall.
On Saturday, February 5, AMP & Fifth Limb Promos will present ‘Woodstock Revisited 2011’. Dozens of the city’s finest musicians will come together to pay homage to the legend of Woodstock.
Acts from all over the world met at Max Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, New York on August 15-18, 1969 for a celebration of peace and music. What began as a paid event drew so many music fans, barriers were felled and it became a free concert open to the public attracting more than half a million people. Woodstock 1969 defined an entire generation.
It’s now 42 years since the original Woodstock, yet this timeless event continues to be rediscovered time and time again by new generations of music lovers. Now scores of local musicians have signed up for this ambitious tribute.
Chris McConaghy and friends will recreate the genius of Jimi Hendrix; The Cannibals will re-imagine Creedence Clearwater Revival; Thumping Jelly Fish are playing The Who, Janette Hutton with guests The Cannibals will recreate Janice Joplin, Rion McCartney is playing Country Joe, Little Hooks with guests Ryan O’Doherty and Mug Brown will recreate the magic of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Marty Doherty featuring The Cannibals will perform a faithful rendition of Joe Cocker’s legendary Woodstock set. Add to this some fantastic solo performances from artists like Paddy Nash and Rory Morrin, who’s tackling the formidable Arlo Guthrie, and Woodstock Revisited looks set to be a sell-out show!
Ryan O’Doherty, one of the event’s organisers, spoke of the enduring legacy of the 1969 musical spectacular.
“Woodstock was a milestone in musical history and has been rediscovered by every generation since 1969. We couldn’t be there in 1969, so we wanted to recreate it ourselves to the best of our ability. We have some amazing musicians on board and St Columb’s Hall is the perfect venue. We just hope us Derry musicians will do the original concert justice!”
Hippy clothes are optional but if you can throw together a groovy get-up, go for it! Tickets on sale for £10 from wegottickets.com or from Masons Bar, Derry. First 150 online tickets sold get exclusive balcony seats and access to the hall’s opulent balcony bar.