Canadian ambassador Kevin Vickers has been invited to SMS
A FESTIVAL which mixes Canadian tunes with local melodies will return to Limerick for the 23rd year in a row.
Summer Music on the Shannon kicks off this Bank Holiday Monday, with two free concerts in the city.
The first is a 1pm recital at King John’s Castle, with a second being the festival’s ‘Meet the Musicians’ launch which takes place at 8pm in LIT’s Millennium Theatre.
Organiser Bob Creech, who hails from Vancouver Island in Canada, has even invited the high profile Canadian ambassador Kevin Vickers down to witness the festival.
The ambassador – who gained fame for stopping a suspected terrorist in his tracks in Ontario, and also apprehended a protestor at a 1916 memorial parade in Dublin – will attend the LIT Millennium Theatre, which has been set up as the base for Summer Music on the Shannon (SMS) on Tuesday, August 2.
Here, he will witness the SMS youth opera theatre’s performance of the Adventures of Jonah.
The following day, Mr Vickers will enjoy a free lunchtime event at the Hunt Museum, before travelling to the Star of the Sea Church in Quilty, to enjoy one of the off-site events.
Mr Creech says one of the aims of SMS is to bring together Canadian and European musicians.
“When I first moved here 23 years ago, I wanted to organise a festival which brought Canadian and European musicians together. This is the whole ethos of Summer Music on the Shannon. We are trying to provide financial assistance to encourage people to come. But other than that, it is to bring international students and visitors together,” he explained.
He is “delighted” Mr Vickers has taken up the invite to attend, adding: “I have been trying to get him down for a long time, so I am just really pleased. I think it is important for him to recognise we are doing something in Ireland to accommodate the Canadian community.” More information at 065-7087566.