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Horslips make a long awaited return to Derry on Saturday March 14th when Barry, Johnny, Jim and Ray take the stage in St Columb’s Hall to play the songs that gave them iconic status back in the 70’s.
‘St Columb’s has huge significance for us’ says flautist and keyboard player Jim Lockhart. ‘We played here a number of times in the turbulent seventies and the gigs were always intense, with audiences that really rocked. But it has a more recent importance in our story. You could call it crucial’.
Guitarist Johnny Fean takes up the story. “ We’d been off the road for 24 years and as far as anyone knew, that was that. But Derryman Jim Nelis, joined by two friends, Paul Callaghan and Stephen Ferris, designed and curated an exhibition in the Orchard Gallery. We agreed to come up and open it. And we got up on stage again to sing a couple of songs and liked it so much, we got back together: and we’ve been on the road ever since.
That exhibition, an amazing and comprehensive collection of Horslips memorabilia – ‘everything from plectrums and rare singles to stage jackets and well naff puce T shirts’ laughs bassist Barry Devlin – was staged in the Orchard Gallery situated in the ground floor of St Columb’s Hall. Now, the plan is to put it on again in a refurbished Orchard space at the same time as the gig. It’s a unique opportunity to see the band in the present on stage and in the past in the exhibition: and admission to the Orchard is included in the ticket price for the concert. The exhibition will open on Friday 13th March 2020 and run until Friday 20th March 2020 (10.00am – 5.00pm).
The last word is with Jim Lockhart. ‘ We’re really looking forward to this very special gig on what will be our 50th anniversary year. We’ve aged a tiny little bit- as the exhibition will show. But the music is as fresh and young as ever.
As part of this special night, a donation will be made by the band and promoter to local disability organisation DESTINED – Empowering People with Learning Disabilities – Promoting Social Inclusion.
Tickets are £27.50 + service charge and go on-sale at 10am on Friday 15th November 2019 at ticketmaster.ie and at Cool Discs, Derry. For more information on St Columb’s Hall visit saintcolumbshall.com