As part of the South Side Festival activities, a green celebration of Irish culture has been swinging along nicely over this St Patrick’s day time.
On Saturday, 16 March, at the Glad Cafe in Shawlands at 1006 Pollokshaws Road, Declan Sinnott will be playing and singing to entertain folks in this intimate community enterprise venue. With a career spanning over 40 years, Declan has worked with Irish folk luminaries such as Christy Moore, Mary Black, Sinead Lohan and John Spillane. He was a founding member of Horslips and Moving Hearts – two of the most influential trad /electric bands in Ireland, and spent 13 years guiding Mary Black’s career, producing the majority of her music.
Since 2000, Declan has been guitarist and producer to Christy Moore, who was recently named as Ireland’s greatest living musician in RTÉ’s People of the Year Awards.
Following the release of his critically acclaimed debut album “I love the Noise It Makes” in 2012, Sinnott has been touring. The penultimate of five stops on the tour, the Glasgow gig is not to be missed – though you’ll have a job finding a ticket at this stage.
Described by the Daily Telegraph as “One of Ireland’s most respected musicians”, Sinnott’s performances in Coatbridge and York will be part of their St Patrick Day Festivals.
Anyone keen to help with the running of the fabulous South Side Festival is invited to a stewards meeting on Thursday 26 May between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in Queen’s Park Church, 170 Queen’s Park Drive, Glasgow G42 8QZ.
On the day of the festival – Saturday 28 May in Queen’s Park Recreation Ground – a big team of helpers will be needed. The procession will need stewards to follow it, people to take part in it and a variety of tasks around it. Others will be needed to give out information, look after the stage area where lots of live music is scheduled – plus the putting up and taking down of marquees and keeping the Recreation grounds tidy during and after the event.
The Festival has started as you read this ENEWS. On Friday 20 May, Eleanor McEvoy, Lorna Brooks and Neil Sturgeon launch the music run-up to the Big Day, with a show in the Glasshouse, Queen’s Park at 8pm. From then till the Festival proper, it will be music (almost) all the way with a wide variety of acts in various venues. Check the Festival’s website: www.southsidefestival.org.uk for full details.