Josh Ritter is bound for Limerick’s Big Top

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

TOP American singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is to play a show in Limerick’s Milk Market next summer.

TOP American singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is to play a show in Limerick’s Milk Market next summer.

The award-winning Ritter, who plays with the Royal City Band, will play in the Big Top at the Milk Market next July 18, 2013 - just days after his compatriot Bruce Springsteen rocks Thomond Park.

Tickets for the show by the Idaho born singer, widely heralded by critics and fans alike for albums such as The Golden Age Of Radio, Hello Starling and others, will go on sale this Friday, priced at €30.

Ritter has a long association with Ireland, having spent early parts of his career touring the country

Promoter Mick Dolan said securing Ritter’s services was “fantastic”.

“He is only doing four shows in Ireland next year, and one is Limerick, which is fantastic,” he explained.

“He is a lovely person, a great songwriter and great to deal with, top of the range. He just loves what he is doing, and that is what comes across. He is a top songwriter,” added the Dolan’s boss, who has the contract to stage gigs in the Milk Market, which have previously included Imelda May, The Coronas and Bell X1 since the facility was redeveloped.

Ritter has just unveiled details of his sixth studio recording The Beast In Its Tracks, which will be released in Ireland on March 1.

Fans buying tickets for the Limerick show will get a free download of the first single from the new album.

“Buy your ticket and we will give you a free download of the single,” explained Mick.

The concert promoter added that more shows for the Milk Market for next year are to be announced in the very near future.