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Let’s celebrate St Patrick’s Day Odyssey Arena, Belfast

By Patric Baird

Thursday, March 17, 8.30pm

Twenty years on from the release of Roddy Doyle's BAFTA-winning and Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated tale of an unlikely group of unemployed Dubliners who form a soul band, most of the original cast have regrouped for a four-date reunion tour of Ireland which stops off next Thursday in Belfast for St Patrick’s Day.

Andrew Strong, who played lead singer Deco Cuffe in the film, explained that after 20 years, people are still talking about the film so they “want to put on a great, great show so people are still talking about it in another 20 years”.

The Commitments also starred The Frames' Glen Hansard as guitarist ‘Outspan’ Foster, who subsequently enjoyed a successful musical and film career. Hansard and Strong will be teaming up with fellow Commitments stars, including Bronagh Gallagher and Robert Arkins, to perform all the big numbers from the film's soundtrack.

Tickets are available from www.ticket|master.ie, with a donation from each sale going to the Irish Cancer Society.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for other ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Belfast, the city will be hosting a number of events:

  • Carnival Parade, leaving the City Hall at 12 noon, this year’s parade has been themed on 'the environment' and will feature the Samson and Goliath float, the Belfast Dust Buster and musicians and percussionists playing instruments made from recycled materials.
  • Lemar & Stacey Solomon, this free concert will be held at Custom House Square from 1-3pm
  • St Patrick’s Day Concert, the Waterfront Hall will host iconic Irish music band Horslips for this evening show (see www.waterfront.co.uk for details)
  • And in Londonderry, the city will be holding a Spring carnival from 1-4.30pm in the Guildhall Square, featuring music from band Kintra, dance and a parade featuring the theme of ‘World Myths and Legends’.

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