REBECCA Storm is planning to share a few secrets with her audience in Newcastle West next Sunday. And, in the year when she is celebrating 40 years as a singer, she has, she says, more than a few to share.
“Women all try and knock a few years off their age,” she told the Limerick Leader. “For years I knocked off two or three years.”
But she has now decided, along with some friends to come clean and stand by her real age, which she will share with her Newcastle West audience, along with her real name and “a few dodgy things” that have happened in her 40-year singing career that has made her a household name.
And she is amazed and delighted to find herself still singing four decades after she began - and still busy.
Her Newcastle West concert is part of her celebratory and highly successful 40-year “tour” and she is looking forward to it. “I have never been to Newcastle West although I have been through it many many times.”
Her programme for Sunday’s concert is certain to appeal. “The show is based on songs that have been important for me along the way,” she explained. There will be popular favourites from the musicals for which she is famous: Evita, Blood Brothers, Les Miserables and Piaf. But there will be other gems also such as The Sunshine of Your Smile (“people haven’t heard that for a long time”) as well as a few surprises and a handful of Christmas favourites such as O Holy Night.
Tickets for Sunday’s concert are going well, the president of the Newcastle West and District Lions Club, Berna Scanlan said.
“It is a bit of a coup to have someone of her stature and renown come to perform. We do feel very charmed that she has agreed to do the concert,” she said.
The concert has become an annual feature of the Lions Club calendar, she added. “Throughout the year, money goes to international distress relief situations but the Christmas concert focus is always on local causes. Members are from the community and on the ground and know where the need is.”
Tickets, at €25, must be bought in advance at Tony Hayes shop in the Square or from Berna on 087-2248316 and seating for the concert has been arranged so that everybody has a view of the performance.
The concert will begin at 7.30pm and members of the public should note that the Sunday evening Mass will not go ahead as usual in Newcastle West church. Instead, the Mass will be said in Castlemahon Church.