Liam marks ten years of Crooning at Christmas shows

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Liam O'Brien with Valerie and Sarah Dolan in the venue that is hosting his double header of Crooning at Christmas show this Sunday and Monday night. Picture: Dave Gaynor
IT is ten years on the go now and its popularity ever endures. Liam O’Brien’s Crooning at Christmas is back for some Yuletide swing.

IT is ten years on the go now and its popularity ever endures. Liam O’Brien’s Crooning at Christmas is back for some Yuletide swing.

The popular Limerick entertainer, who debuted the show in 2004 and has played throughout Ireland, pours all of his considerable experience into the show, gleaned from his performance as Dean Martin in the touring show The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas.

Joining the crooner are long time collaborators the Million Dollar Swing Band, including musical direction by Peter Hanagan and Limerick Jazz Festival founder John Daly on drums.

Such is the popularity of the show that Sunday’s gig is already almost sold out, with a second added for Monday.

“We are celebrating ten years of the show this year by playing some of Ireland’s most wonderful venues, and are so excited to be playing our final shows where it all began in Limerick,” said Liam, who had a stint as curate Ethan Blake in Emmerdale several years ago and began singing swing in the lounge and bar scene in Leeds during this time.

“City of Culture has given its local artists a platform this year, and celebrating our 10th anniversary and touring across the country showcasing the city’s talent is something just as important to us,” added Liam, who has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, in London’s Palladium theatre and across America during his career. O’Brien will perform all the classics - Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Dean Martin’s Baby It’s Cold Outside and Frank Sinatra’s Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, among many more, with his special guests featuring a host of Limerick talent who have performed at the Crooning concerts over the last decade, including Lisa Bresnan, Denise Broderick, Nigel Dugdale, Emma Langford and Jean McGlynn.

Crooning at Christmas takes place in Dolan’s Warehouse this Sunday, December 21 and Monday, December 22.

See www.dolans.ie.