Last night (23rd Nov) my daughter and I were privileged to attend Red Hurley's 'I Believe' concert at Dublin's National Concert Hall, and it was a very, very special and entertaining evening. Backed by a superb band led by Eugene McCarthy and singers Karen Black and Aileen Pringle, Red delivered, as he always does, a brilliant performance which was enhanced even further by the contributions of the CanBelto Ladies Choir and world class soprano Sandra Oman whose voice, matched by a warm appreciation of both her fellow artists and her audience, is exceptional. This was absolutely a night to remember.
It was an added bonus to find that a new CD by Red Hurley has just been issued featuring 20 great recordings and it was our pleasure to purchase a copy to add to our extensive collection of records and CDs by a man who is undoubtedly Ireland's greatest singer and whose career has truly stood the test of time.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Red Hurley (With Rita Coolidge) Grand Canal Theatre Dublin 25 September 2010
Red Hurley once the King of Ireland's Pop Music Scene in the 1970s and early 80s has of late been enjoying a huge career resurgence both in Ireland and the USA. In 2010 he celebrates 40 years in show business with a sell out tour of Ireland with legendary US Singer Rita Coolidge. The highlight was the sell out show at Dublin's spectacular Grand Canal Theatre where Red was joined on stage by legendary US singer Rita Coolidge and many of his friends. The audience profile saw just how successful Hurley's return to the top has become with fans of all ages packing the venue and giving the veteran star 2 standing ovations. He delivered knockout performances of his many chart Hits while dipping into pop history to showcase how his amazing voice can breathe new life into classic pop songs. Particular highlights of the Grand Canal Concert were beautiful and moving performances of Gospel classics 'Deep River' and 'Amazing Grace' (a duet with Coolidge). He closed the show with the truly spectacular 'Danny Boy Trilogy' a fusion of the familiar 'Derry Air' with the American 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' which literally makes grown men cry such is the depth of emotion and pathos which Red Hurley brings to the piece. This man is quite simply not just one of the best singers in the world but also one of the finest interpreters of popular song.
A new admirer of Red's is none other than American Icon (Pullizer Prize Winning Author) Maya Angelou who calls Red 'Her Son' and who has helped introduce Red Hurley to a whole new audience in America. Between 2003 and 2010 Red has recorded 6 successful new albums including a Gospel Album 'How Great Thou Art' and returned to the Irish Top Ten in 2009 with a greatest hits compilation Red Hurley 'The Hits'. He has also starred in a coast to coast TV special for PBC in America in 2006 filmed before a live audience in Dublin's Olympia Theatre. A second PBC TV special is planned for 2011. Speaking in Sept 2010 of the renewed interest in his career Red said that he is 'delighted and really enjoying his life again'. Kevin Myers writing in the Irish Independent in Sept 2010 said 'His intuitive sense of the beautiful is one reason why Red Hurley is such a wonderful singer. He will find the key element of any song -- a single note or phrase -- and elevate that into an unexpected little musical jewel'.
Rarely has an artist had the persistence and self belief to rise above so many career setbacks as Hurley has and re-emerge once again triumphant. His is without a doubt one of the best male voices of all time and his international success is long overdue'. It has taken the world a long time to discover just how great Red Hurley is. Lets hope he keeps entertaining us for many years and that the media both at home and abroad come to appreciate just how great a singer he really is.From David Bradley - 10th April 2016.
In the early 1970s when I was 17 or 18, I first saw Red Hurley, Kelley and the Nevada at the famous Lilac Ballroom in Enniskeane, Co. Cork. I knew on that very first occasion that Red had a great future ahead of him and in those early days I attended a number of his ballroom appearances. Many years later, when I was married and my wife and I had children, I was able to introduce my family to Red's music and they all shared my enthusiasm for his great gift of singing. For some years we have attended his concerts regularly and each event is a very special occasion for us all, and each show leaves with us its own special memories. An added bonus of attending Red's shows is that he generously gives his time after each show to meet with his audience, pose for photos and sign CDs etc. He is a true professional in every sense and never shows any sign of pride or conceit, unlike some in the entertainment industry whose heads are too big to fit in the venues they are appearing in!!! Myself, my wife, son and daughter are unanimous in our praise for Red's singing, his friendliness, humour and interaction with his audience, and the fact that he is a genuinely warm and kind person.
A highlight event was that of Red’s birthday celebration last November at the Red Cow Hotel, to celebrate his 45 years in show business. We were delighted to be there as it gave us an opportunity to show our support to the career of a man who as Ireland’s greatest singer has stood the test of time in retaining his popularity and success over such a mammoth number of years.
We look forward to many more years of attending his concerts. And Red…..may we sincerely thank you for the pleasure your career has brought to us as a family. Not only that, it gave us hope in tough times.