Big plans in train for Limerick's Richard Harris festival as Webb books in

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Big plans in train for Limerick's Richard Harris festival as Webb books in

American songwriter Jimmy Webb is coming to Limerick for the Richard Harris festival

JIMMY Webb, who wrote MacArthur Park and Wichita Lineman among hundreds of other hits, will play in the Lime Tree as part of the upcoming Richard International Film Festival.

Securing Webb’s services for the October 27 show represents a major coup for a festival, now hitting its fourth year and expanded to five days in October, that has major plans for expansion.

Festival director and co-founder Zeb Moore said booking Webb, who wrote MacArthur Park that Harris sang and released in 1968 and which was a massive hit worldwide, was “incredible”.

“When we asked him first, he was absolutely thrilled, because of the association with Harris,” said Zeb.

“He was delighted to come over and the interest in him is huge, there will be people travelling from all over Ireland to see this gig, so we are really excited about it,” he added.

Zeb confirmed that Harris’ son Jared – star of Mad Men – would be returning yet again, as is the agreement with the estate of the late Limerick actor for family members to attend.

The festival again boasts a link-up this year with the Newport Beach film festival and Zeb said there had been a significant increase on submissions for the competition. As well as a large number of screenings and workshops – including an acting workshop with award winning director Terry McMahon – there will be a cultural trail this year, incorporating a number of venues.

A gala screening of Harris’ classic A Man Called Horse will take place and Zeb hinted at the possibility of a major screenwriter coming to Limerick for a reading of a yet to be filmed script during the festival.