Showband fans have a trip down memory lane to savour in Carrick-on-Suir this Sunday night when some of the top musicians and singers from that era perform in a tribute show for former Savoy and Partners Showbands lead singer Don Duggan.
The Don Duggan Tribute night at The Carraig Hotel will feature prominent showband musicians from the Carrick-on-Suir and Waterford area along with many friends and guests including Johnny Fean of Horslips fame. Carrick-on-Suir musician Stephen Travers, formerly of the great Miami Showband, and Carrick-on-Suir singer/musician Liam O’Dwyer are among the great friends of Don, who will be performing in the show.
Liam O’Dwyer, one of the key organisers of the show, says Don Duggan, Stephen Travers and himself have battled and overcome serious health problems, and he is delighted and proud they will all be performing together on stage on Sunday.
Bass player Stephen Travers suffered serious life threatening injuries in the Miami Showband massacre in 1975. Waterford based singer/guitarist Don Duggan suffered a heart attack in recent years and later developed bowel cancer but is currently in recovery. And Liam, who was a local town councillor for 30 years, suffered a stroke in January, 2011 but has fought back to health with the help of physiotherapists, doctors and prayer.
Liam says the fact the three of them are still performing despite the health set backs they have suffered is a positive message to others battling serious illness.
As well as showband hits from the 1960s and 1970s, the concert will feature a “This is your life” segment in tribute to Don Duggan, who was also talented hurler in his youth and played on the Waterford senior team. The late Joe Dolan was one of Don’s best friends and would be joining him on stage on Sunday if he was still alive.