A special memorial gig in aid of the late James Mannion, who was originally from Balla and was deeply involved in the local live music scene, will be held in the Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar, on February 2.
James sadly passed away recently, and his untimely death was a shock to the local community. Now some of James’s friends in the music business have come together to celebrate his life. A host of local bands and artists will play, including Mayo rock band The Phase. Brothers Pat, Martin and John Gibbons and fellow band members Michael Killeen and Andy Rogers have built up a loyal following of rock fans over the years.
Castlebar-born singer/songwriter Luke Davis is also in the line-up. Davis first came to public attention in 1989 with an appearance on RTÉ’s Nighthawks. He describes his style as ‘easy listening’ and his work is influenced by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and U2.
The Balla Trad Session Group will also be performing, along with well-known Mayo-based singer/song writer Denis McCalmount. McCalmount has been this year, playing live gigs and recording. He has also recently released an album, ‘Nature Of Life’.
Last Minute, a young exciting three-piece band from Westport, will also play. Last Minute (Liam Sammon, Stephen Coughlan and James Groden) play regular gigs in T Bourke’s, Dunning’s and The Clock in Westport.
Other artists taking part in the Jammin’ for James memorial gig include singer Ronan Ward, music duo Noel Davitt and Frank Durcan, and Hammer Duck, a local four-piece playing ‘greasy grooves’ and blues-inflected rock.
Doors open at 7.30pm, with the first band on stage at 8pm. Admission €10.