The organisers of the Tramore First of the Summer Wine Festival are delighted with the success of their musical event at the Tramore Racecourse.
Almost 4000 attended, fine weather and a strong line up ensured a well attended festival, with another planned for next year, possibly over two days.
Over 2000 tickets were sold in advance said Avery Coryell of Tramore Promotions, when he spoke enthusiastically with the Munster Express at the gig.
Many more were sold on the night as locals came out to see top Irish acts Like Scullion and Imelda May, who headed the line up coming on stage just before 10pm and doing a one hour plus set ending with a popular encore that had the crowd really moving. Everyone knows Johnny got A Boom Boom.
Voted jazz artist of last year by the Irish Times, she lived up to her reputation and put in a solid performance on the trailer truck stage.
The Dublin Liberties woman is a total natural on stage and full of energy, accompanied by a very competent band.
The drummer and trumpet player especially stood out.
Many of the audience knew her Love Tattoo album, which has been in the Top 20 for a year.
Imelda also played at the Grammy Awards and is likely to follow with further success in the USA.
She was a top act to have for this gig and anyone we spoke to afterwards were really impressed with her. The sound could have been a little better, we found her vocals hard to pick up but the band’s sound came over very strongly with a mix of blues, rock and jazz.
Earlier on the main stage, Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club performed.
They were a little restrained as the crowd took a while to warm up, but they certainly entertained us.
We took a break from this set and went over to see Scullion and Philip King.
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