Jimmy Webb to celebrate the music of Richard Harris in Limerick

Acclaimed songwriter to perform greatest hits at the Lime Tree

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Jimmy Webb to celebrate the music of Richard Harris in Limerick

Jimmy Webb will peform his greatest hits and his collaborative arrangements with Richard Harris

GRAMMY award winning performer Jimmy Webb takes to the Lime Tree Theatre stage this weekend in the first musical element of the Richard Harris International Film Festival.

The concert, which kicks off at 8pm on Saturday, October 29, will celebrate the special relationship between Richard Harris and the man behind the Limerick actor’s debut single, MacArthur Park in 1968. Webb wrote that hit and Wichita Lineman among hundreds of other hits.

Promoting the musical event taking place as part of the festival — which spans Thursday to Sunday, October 27 to October 31 — the local icon’s nephew, Hayman Harris, said that Webb’s work “summed-up Richard”. 

“This is the first year that we are introducing a musical element to the festival. And the reason we are starting off with Jimmy Webb is because we intend on bringing in a musical element in the following years. As well, it’s because he has a huge association and connection with Richard," said Hayman, who lives in Limerick.

“He is flying in specially from America for this show. He is currently on holidays, as he has just finished a European tour. It is a one-off show, and he is heading back to America afterwards. He wants to do this because of his friendship and history with Richard. He is delighted to do it for us,” Hayman, a native of Rhebogue, told the Limerick Leader.

Mr Harris said that this event is particularly special for him, as he had a close relationship with his uncle Richard.

“I have known him all my life. I first went to London when I was 18 in 1970, and I lived with him for six months. We go back a long time, the two of us.

"He was a huge superstar at that time. I saw, firsthand, how big a superstar he was, as an actor and as an artist. When he performed on Top of the Pops, I went to see him. And this is why we are very keen to have this celebration of Richard’s and Jimmy’s collaboration and association in their hits,” he enthused. 

He added: “(Jimmy Webb) is a multi-platinum-selling songwriter. And it’s easier to list the artists he hasn’t worked with than he has. He has worked with Frank Sinatra, the Supremes, everybody. This is a guy who has sold millions of albums and has worked with nearly every superstar.

“And as well as celebrating Richard, we celebrate Jimmy as a songwriter also. He is probably one of the most important songwriters over the last 40 to 50 years.”

It is understood that a number of notable faces in the Irish music industry have expressed an interest in the special event.

Tickets cost €25, and can be purchased online at www.limetreetheatre.ie or by telephoning the box office at 061-953400.