Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Fundraising concert to prove tonic for ill rock legend Henry McCullough

Irish musicians and friends of legendary guitarist Henry McCullough – who suffered a massive heart attack last year – are to stage a fundraising concert in Dublin tomorrow to help pay for his ongoing care.

McCullough, who played guitar for Paul McCartney & Wings, was rushed to hospital in November following the heart attack. Complications arose and the Portstewart man remained at Musgrave Park Hospital for treatment and rehabilitation.

However, it is understood preparations are being made to move him to his home between Ballymoney and Coleraine in the next few weeks, where his rehabilitation will continue.

A number of well-known Irish musicians, many of whom worked alongside McCullough, will take to the stage at Vicar Street in Dublin tomorrow for a special Salute To Henry fundraising concert.

Among the artists taking part are Christy Moore, Declan Sinnott, Mick Flannery, John Spillane, Johnny Duhan, Honor Heffernan, The Ed Deane Band and The Kevin Doherty Band. Two bands for whom he played in the past, Sweeney's Men, and Fleadh Cowboys, are also part of the line-up.

The gig was organised by Pete Cummins of Fleadh Cowboys and ex-Pogues manager Frank Murray. Pete explained: "The concert is to raise lots of money to help Henry and his partner Josie with his ongoing care."

McCullough played with Joe Cocker, Marianne Faithfull, Dr Feelgood and Pink Floyd.

Plans are under way to hold a Belfast fundraising concert next month. The gig is expected to take place on April 21 in the new Limelight complex.

McCullough's agent revealed that both Paul McCartney and Joe Cocker had been in touch to check on his progress.

Profile

Henry McCullough was born in Portstewart in 1943 and took up the guitar as a boy. He supported Jimi Hendrix and went on to play with some of the biggest names in music, including Joe Cocker and then Paul McCartney & Wings. He left Wings after just one album and later turned to session work with major stars.

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