Traditional Irish music

The Declan Nerney Irish Showband play The Venue in Chichester on July 1 at 7.30pm.

A five-piece Irish showband, it will play traditional Irish songs, country music and 60s favourites in a concert featuring the popular Irish singer Declan Nerney.

Declan was born in the heart of Ireland in Drumlish Co. Longford, at a time when the Irish showband boom was about to explode. He would cajole his mother into seeing Joe Dolan, Big Tom, Philomena Begley, The Capital Showband, and many more perform.

Declan started saving spare pennies in a jam-jar until £12 was raised, enough to buy a guitar he had been drooling over in the window of the local record shop in Longford. At the age of 16 it all began. He was invited to step in along with a local showband The Hi-Lo’s based in the Roscommon/Longford region, where he served his early musical apprenticeship

Later on he progressed to the Gene Stuart Band, and in later years to Brian Coll and the Buckaroos, when eventually he took the decision to start his own band in the late 80s.

Tickets £10 on www.festivalofchichester.co.uk.