IRELAND – Late last year, when it was beginning to look like we had finally reached a point where ‘normal service’ in the music world could at last resume, Linda Martin – one of Ireland’s greatest voices and entertainers – had two fabulous concerts lined up for Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral in December.
The first of those was a very special Christmas show featuring Celine Byrne, Michael English, Mary Byrne, Red Hurley, Anna Kearney, the Halleluia Gospel Choir, and, of course, Linda herself. The second was a Eurovision special, with Paul Harrington, Charlie McGettigan, and Niamh Kavanagh joining Linda, with Anna Kearney and the Halleluia Gospel Choir also due to perform again.
As well as being sure of two unforgettable nights, the audience for both shows would have been contributing to two fine charities, both of whom carry out monumental work; Dogs Aid Ireland, and the Peter McVerry Trust.
Alas, with case numbers on the rise and everybody’s health of primary concern to Linda and all involved, the decision to put these shows on hold became an inevitable one. As disappointing as that was at the time, the good news is that the new date for the Eurovision Voices show is almost upon us! Linda, Paul, Charlie, Johnny, Dana, and Niamh, joined by Secret Garden, and Anna Kearney and the Halleluia Gospel Choir are all set to light up the night of Monday, April 25.
Because this show is such a unique and historic occasion, as well as being in aid of such worthy causes, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone about it by revisiting our chat of November last with the woman behind it all, the legend and the lady that is…Linda Martin.