Tributes, but real funny comedians at ShamRock too

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 16th June, 2010 12:00pm

Tributes, but real funny comedians at ShamRock too

PJ Gallagher is just one of the comedy acts at the ShamRock Music Festival.

With 70 acts on three stages over three days, the ShamRock Music Festival will be the biggest tribute festival ever in Ireland.

One of the three stages at ShamRock will be dedicated to Ireland's best comedy acts. It will feature 12 acts, hosted by comedian David Reilly. Acts include Jason Byrne, Jon Kenny and PJ Gallagher, Karl Spain, Dermot Whelan, David O'Doherty, Eric Lalor, Dead Cat Bounce, John Lynn, Fred Cooke, Andrew Norry and Eleanor Tiernan.

Byrne's inspired, original high-energy lunacy ensures that there is no other comedian like him. His fast, free-wheeling style, fused with an array of offbeat props, makes his act a helter-skelter of a show, where the audience are promised the ride of their lives.

Jon Kenny, who formed the D'Unbelievables with Pat Shortt, proceeded to write and perform the shows The Cattle Dealer's Lament; Mad Jax Show; It's My Shout; One Hell Of A Do; I Doubt It, Says Pauline; and D'Ats Life.

D'Unbelievables proved to be Ireland's most popular comedy duo ever. They performed their shows to sell-out audiences all over Ireland, Britain and America. They also produced four chart topping videos - D'Video, D'Telly, D' Mother and D'Collection.

PJ Gallagher has become one of Ireland's best-loved comedians. Following the huge success of his role as Jake Stevens and others in Naked Camera, PJ rarely has time to be himself these days as he prepares for yet another TV series based in the USA.

For music, the festival focuses on quality tribute bands, rather than the cheesy wig-wearing ones some might imagine. Each day will offer something different to the audience: Friday covers the 60s, 70s and early 80s, Saturday features the late 80s, 90s and contemporary acts, while Sunday is a heavy rock tribute day.

The Classic Beatles, Rattle And Hum, Guns 2 Roses and Oasish are among the line-up.

See and Multisound for tickets: prices start at €29.50 (three-day ticket €59.50).

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