Musicians band together for flood benefit gig in Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Limerick band Windings, who narrowly missed out on a Choice award last year, will play the flood benefit gig on Monday night
SOME of Limerick’s top acts are coming together for a benefit gig for victims of the recent floods.

SOME of Limerick’s top acts are coming together for a benefit gig for victims of the recent floods.

The musicians have come together for a benefit concert to raise funds for those most affected and to show solidarity across the community, particular St Mary’s.

The top line-up includes Windings, Leading Armies, Protobaby, the O’Malleys and the Funk Junkies, as well as Kathleen Turner, Eamonn Hehir, mynameisjOhn, Godknows Jonas, MYC and Moley O Súilleabháin.

The gig will take place in Dolan’s Warehouse next Monday and organiser Boris Hunka of Music Generation Limerick, explained that the benefit concert is already over subscribed, with willing participants eager to pitch in.

“That just shows the strength of community feeling,” he explained. “Every time we do anything like this, we are always overwhelmed by the response. That line-up came together within 24 hours and now it is a question of overflow and putting musicians in the bar, we are getting offers in that we can’t physically take.

“People want to help and it has got momentum now, it will be a great gig in its own right and to see all those different bands on one stage in one night will be very special.”

Tickets for the gig are just €10, but Boris is hoping people will contribute more if they can.

“We work quite a lot in St Mary’s with people on the ground and what we saw ourselves, and a lot of the musicians we are working with and talking to wanted to do what they could to help,” he explained.

“We are supporting St Mary’s, which bore the brunt of it, and the local community development project, the community centre there which is co-ordinating the response to the floods and directly working on small scale interventions.

“As well as fundraising there is the notion of showing solidarity from other parts of the city, that we are aware of them and will do what we can,” he added.

For more see Dolan’s.