COMING UP: The Commitments at Echo Arena 16/03/12

After a sell-out run of dates in Ireland in 2011 to celebrate the 20th anniversary since The Commitments first hit our cinema screens, members of the original band are coming to the UK in 2012 for three dates only including Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Friday 16th March. BUY TICKETS

The 21st anniversary reunion will feature Andrew Strong, Robert Arkins, Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher, Michael Aherne, Felim Gormley, Dave Finnegan, Kenneth McCluskey and Dick Massey

It was 1991 when the film The Commitments burst onto our movie screens and into the hearts and souls of music lovers across the world. Now, to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Ireland’s favourite film. The concert will be a full blown soul extravaganza with songs from the movie and many added extras!

A few of the members of the band, recognising the impending 20th anniversary, started looking into the possibility of a series of reunion gigs. Pretty soon a team was coming together including Paul Bushnell who was the Music Director on the movie and co produced the soundtrack CD’s with Kevin Killen and Alan Parker.

“We gathered together in Dublin” says Bushnell, “performed a few songs as a band, then sat down over pints and thrashed it all out between us to see if we could make it work. And we did! So here we are!”

They will be joined on the billing by Nothern Ireland singer songwriter Rainy Boy Sleep. Fresh from supporting James Morrison on his winter tour, the 23 year old, aka Stevie Martin spent the Summer of 2011 capturing the hearts of many – playing Glastonbury, Hard Rock Calling and the Reading and Leeds Festivals on the BBC introducing stage.

You can hear a couple of tracks from his current EP release here: http://soundcloud.com/imaj-promotions

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