Lincs: Essence of Ireland will spread through the county

Hit show The Essence of Ireland is coming to Lincolnshire
Hit show The Essence of Ireland is coming to Lincolnshire

The smash-hit show Essence of Ireland is coming to Lincolnshire next month with dates at both Lincoln Theatre Royal and Scunthorpe Baths Hall.

Guaranteed to ignite audiences with its compelling love story inspired by true events, Essence of Ireland is set against the music and dance of Ireland, USA and Spain.

“We set out not just to tell a powerful love story, but to tell a bigger tale based on true events about the love between a man and his country – something which audiences really relate to,” said Ged Graham, principle male singer, creative director and co-writer.

Ged, originally from Dublin, has been performing music for over 25 years and has pent many years touring the UK, Europe, the USA and Ireland with The Borderline Showband in the hit production show Route 66 and as a solo artist.

He has recorded two successful albums with the The Borderline Showband which also featured Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts).

Ged has most recently worked with international recording star and Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana as part of her UK band.

“Our show is guaranteed to entertain and move audiences young and old, whether through our hard-hitting story or through our quality music and dance extravaganza,” he continued.

Set against the backdrop of Ireland, England and America in the 19th century, Essence of Ireland tells the story of love, joy, happiness and heartache endured by Coro McGowen and Sean Dempsey as they are separated by emigration from each other and their beloved Ireland.

As the story moves across to England and then on to America, the show takes you on a journey through many historical events including America’s introduction to rock & roll and John F Kennedy’s historic presidential visit to Ireland in 1963.

Simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming, many of the much-loved Irish songs that run so deep within the country’s music heritage are seamlessly entwined within the show’s engaging story, including Galway Girl, Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears, Tell me Ma and Irish Rover along with original scores.

“The Irish have a cultural identity like no other and that pride in their cultural identity, heritage and traditions, manifests itself in the global phenomenon that is St Patrick’s Day,” said Ross Mills, director of production and fellow co-writer with Graham.

“The tour, which has been scheduled around St Patrick’s Day aims to really capture that authentic Irish feeling and celebrate this infectious heritage, which is now shared by all cultures worldwide.”

“The 2015 tour will include new material and new costumes so we are very excited about getting back on the road again.”

The show is at Scunthorpe Baths Hall on 8th April and Lincoln Theatre Royal on 15th April.

Tickets for Scunthorpe are available from the box office on 0844 8542776 or online at www.tickets.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk

For Lincoln Theatre Royal, call the box office on 01522 519999 or online at www.lincolntheatreroyal.com