Tuesday 20 September 2011

Ash/Divine Comedy/Undertones Alzheimer's Society Benefit Concert: November 3rd 2011

Earlier today, Tim Wheeler of rockers Ash and Neil Hannon of chamber-pop group The Divine Comedy held a press conference to announce a benefit gig for the Alzheimer's Society, which will be held in the Ulster Hall, Belfast on November 3rd 2011.

What makes this concert very special, aside from the fact that proceeds from the concert will help to support the Alzheimer's Society, is that three of the greatest bands to come out of Northern Ireland in the past 35 years, Ash, The Divine Comedy & The Undertones, will each be playing one of their classic albums in full.

Ash will be playing their debut album, "1977" in full as a trio. The album was first released in 1996 when the band were still in their teens, and features classic songs such "Oh Yeah" and "Girl From Mars".

The Divine Comedy, featuring Neil Hannon on piano plus a string quartet, will be playing their second album (or third, depending on who you speak to), the concept album "Promenade", which features tracks such as "Tonight We Fly" and "The Summerhouse".

The Undertones will be playing their debut album, their self-titled punk classic from 1979, which features songs such as "Here Comes the Summer" and the legendary "Teenage Kicks."

Opening for the bands on the night will be up and coming local singer/songwriter John D'Arcy.

Both Tim Wheeler and Neil Hannon have been personally affected by Alzheimer's, with Tim's father succombing to the illness earlier this year, and Neil's father is currently living with it, so it is a cause that is close to both musicians' hearts.

The tickets for the concert will go on sale this Thursday, and are priced at £22 and £20, and will directly benefit the Alzheimer's Society. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to contribute, there is a Just Giving page, where you can make a small donation to the cause.

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