Harry's new Classic rock show

Published: 6 Sep 2012 13:000 comments

Flash Harry may be known for its crowd-pleasing homage to Queen, but this month sees the band unveil a new set that is bound to have fans once again rocking in the aisles.

Flash Harry opens their Classic Irish Rock Tour at the Ardhowen.

Flash Harry opens their Classic Irish Rock Tour at the Ardhowen.

Flash Harry's Classic Irish Rock Tour opens in none other than the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen.

The band will be taking a month out from their famous Tribute to Queen show to play the seven date theatre tour across Northern Ireland. The Enniskillen date is on Saturday, September 15.

The Classic Irish Rock Tour will celebrate the musical heritage of Ireland and its music that has rocked the world.

Talking to The Impartial Reporter about how the idea for the show developed, he said: "It is really a celebration of the music of Ireland, rock music really in essence. I was listening to Thin Lizzy and thought how they represented a generation and how we got into music originally. We started in bands in the early 1980s and Thin Lizzy was music we would have loved.

It is great to do a celebration of all that music. We touch on Snow Patrol, The Corrs.

"It is really the music that inspired us to pick up instruments. There is so much when you think about it, so much from Ireland . . . Van Morrison, U2. Go to any theatre in the world and play those songs and it is something to be proud of," he said.

"We have been rehearsing for a good number of weeks. As you can imagine, it is a long time since I had to learn a full set because we have been doing the same music for so long. I have to learn all these words. That is something I haven't done for a long time. That in itself is certainly challenging and it is something I am nervous about. I am in my 40s! But I don't think I need to get the teleprompter just yet," he laughed.

His inspiration is his 80-year-old Dad. "My father had five gigs last week. He plays jazz music. When the opportunities come, he still jumps at it," he said.

Asked about the new challenge, he said: "It is wonderful. With the Queen show you know exactly what you are going to do, what clothes to wear".

The band will be joined by special guests to form a massive 10 piece band, complete with twin lead guitar and brass section. Expect to hear classics from the likes of Thin Lizzy, Van Morrison, U2, Snow Patrol as well as the best from the Queen back catalogue.

Flash Harry have entertained thousands of people and played to sell-out audiences across all Ireland and the UK including: Belfast's Odyssey Arena and Waterfront as well as The Point Theatre, Dublin and The Royal Albert Hall in London.

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