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Tonight's the night for Neil Young tribute act

By Grania McFadden

NBC News mistakenly reported his death two years ago, confusing him with astronaut Neil Armstrong. But Neil Young is, thankfully, still among us.

Described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "one of rock 'n' roll's greatest songwriters and performers", the Canadian singer – now in his 75th year – is preparing to launch a new album this spring.

Which means he's too busy to turn up in person to entertain audiences at Out To Lunch. But the festival has booked the next best thing – Harvest, Ireland's top Neil Young tribute band.

There'll be songs from Young's classic albums Harvest, After The Gold Rush, Harvest Moon and Freedom, as well as from Young's time with Crosby Stills and Nash, and Buffalo Springfield.

The idea for Harvest took root after guitarist Sean O'Leary saw the singer play in Dublin in 2008 and thought he'd like to play some of those great songs himself. He recruited some like-minded musicians. Dara Mulhern is the Young soundalike lead singer, while Sean provides backing vocals and lead guitar. Peter White plays bass, and Conor McCluskey the drums. They're performing two shows on the Barge today and tonight. Young fans won't want to miss this gig. Close your eyes and you'll think you could be listening to the real McCoy.

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