Thursday, April 26, 2007

Dublin City Soul Festival May 24-27th 2007

I have just received more information about the above event from the organiser and Chris Maher:
Reclaiming Dublin’s Soul – The First Ever Dublin City Soul Festival is Launched

20 Years Since The Commitments Book

‘Dublin City Soul Festival ~ a celebration of peace, unity & love’
Thursday May 24th – Sunday May 27th 2007

Dublin’s summer schedule of events gets off to a flying start on Thursday May 24th with the first ever Dublin City Soul Festival.

Over the space of four days, a series of concerts and gigs will take place in venues all over the capital, culminating with the Soul Picnic on Sunday May 27th, a free event for the people of Dublin which will see the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and The Commitments perform alongside some of the biggest names in soul from all over the globe.

The highlight of the festival though will surely be the legendary Rance Allen Group performing in the Round Room at the Mansion House on Saturday, May 26th. This is Rance Allen’s first visit to Dublin and this is likely to prove extremely popular with lovers of gospel and soul.

Festival organiser, Ambassador of Soul and Honorary Tennessean Chris Maher said: ‘The idea of the Soul Festival is to bring people from all walks of life together for a positive, feel-good celebration of all things wholesome. I am delighted that the people of Dublin will get free access to some of the best talents in soul from the UK, Europe and the US.

In a time when crime seems to dominate the headlines and Dublin seems to have lost some of its soul, I hope that for four days at least, people will focus on the positive side of things and get behind this event.

The timely launch of this event comes exactly 20 years after the release of Roddy Doyle’s iconic book The Commitments and will feature a live performance from The Commitments band at the world’s first ever ‘Soul Picnic’ in the beautiful surroundings of Merrion Square Park on Sunday May 27th,in association with Dublin City Council. Tickets are FREE and will be available soon from various outlets.

The first annual Dublin City Soul Festival will also see a host of soul stars jetting in to Dublin for the weekend including Dr Bob Jones, Kev Roberts, the Soul Rabbi and US Soul/Gospel giants The Rance Allen Group who will perform an intimate gig in the Round Room at Dublin’s Mansion House.

Organiser Chris Maher said: “The Rance Allen Group is one of the greatest performing acts I have ever seen anywhere in the world. Concert goers will be blown away by the power of this groups sound”. This is the only event where there is an entrance fee and tickets are available from

Dandelion Café Bar Club on St Stephen’s Green West is set to be transformed into Soulsville HQ for the duration of the festival and with other acts and venues still to be announced this event promises to be a fantastic addition to Dublin City’s Summer schedule of entertainment.
For further information or to arrange interviews please contact:
Chris Maher, Founder and CEO on 087-6031022 or email:

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