January 31, 2011

SLOT contributes World Champion talent to charity at Jan. 29th Banbridge concert

“An opportunity to do something good for someone else for a change,” is how Pipe-Major Terry Tully describes St. Laurence O’Toole’s participation in a charity concert in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, on January 29th, for the benefit of Diabetes UK.


The 2010 World Champions will take the stage at the Dromore Community Centre as the headline act, joining the Baillies Mills Accordion Orchestra and several other acts at the Chairman’s Charity Concert.


The concert could be the first time that the Dublin-based pipe band has contributed so significantly to a charity. St. Laurence O’Toole is not accepting payment for the 40-minute concert, which will be based on the band’s full-length “Evolution” show that it mounted in Glasgow in August 2010.


Tully said that there is not a significant connection between the band and the charity, although he added that his own wife coincidentally was diagnosed with the condition last year.


“That of course is not the reason why we are involved in the concert,” Tully said. “For most people in the band Banbridge is a three-hour round-trip. It has a very strong pipe band community. We are looking forward to the challenge at this time of the year.”


He added that SLOT will be performing the full “Evolution” concert on March 26th, returning to Northern Ireland and the Armagh City Hotel in Armagh for the third straight year.


Tickets for the Banbridge event are priced at £10 each and available from Civic Building, Banbridge Leisure Centre; Dromore Community Centre; Rathfriland Community Centre and F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio.




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