Thursday, 1 July 2010

Johnny Patterson “The Irish Singing Clown” - Feakle, July 24th

Johnny PattersonDue to popular demand Johnny Patterson “The Irish Singing Clown” will return to the stage in 2010. One of the performances will take place in the marquee at Peppers Bar on July 24th at 8.30pm in the village where the great Johnny Patterson was born, namely Feakle, County Clare. Muiris Crowley has taken time out from his career in the US to fulfil the lead role of Johnny Patterson and will be supported by a strong cast to include former Kerry Rose Karen McGillycuddy who will play the part of Biddy Donoghue. This production will also feature Jack Healy of Killarney Musical Society who this year played a magnificent role as The Scarecrow in their production of “The Wiz”. The script-writer is Killorglin's very own Declan Mangan and the show features many of John Patterson's best known songs. Mick Jones supplied fresh arrangements of Patterson's old favourites and composed original new songs to complete the story. The musical is dedicated to Pa Houlihan, the much loved local historian who passed away peacefully at his home in Killorglin (Feb 2010). It was Pa who started the ball rolling by suggesting to Declan that there should be a tribute to the original 'Irish Singing Clown'. Not only have Declan and Mick the luxury of being able to draw on the wealth of acting and musical talent that abounds in Killorglin, but they have also secured the skills of Oliver Hurley, who has agreed to direct the show; and Jackie O'Mahoney who will mastermind the choreography. Oliver's reputation is known and respected far beyond the Kerry county boundary. Both Oliver and Jackie have been involved with countless successful productions at Siamsa Tire in Tralee. Check out all the latest updates on

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