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Belfast blues star Rab McCullough’s birthday surprise

By Staff Reporter

Belfast blues musician Rab McCullough toasted his 70th birthday with a surprise concert that celebrated his life in music.

The event, which was organised in the Black Box in Belfast by close family members, was attended by a host of familiar names from the local and international music scene.

They were treated to jamming sessions from music guests as well as performances from Manuka Honey and Soul Foundation, plus a DJ set by Terri Hooley, who described Rab as a “legend”.

Rab, who had a record deal with Warner Brothers and shared stages with names such as AC/DC, Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison, as well as opening for Jimi Hendrix, has also played with musicians from Cream, The Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse’s band over the last 50 years in the music business.

He is renowned for holding the longest residency in Northern Ireland, with a 21-year stint at The Empire Music Hall in Belfast, and he made front page news when Hollywood A-lister Tim Robbins joined him on stage in 2008. 

He continues to play across Europe, headlining festivals and flying the flag for the blues.

Rab said: “I’m shocked but I’m also really pleased to see so many friends and family here. I cant thank them enough for coming along and making the effort.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday than enjoying my favourite music surrounded by all these people.”

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