Friday, 20th July 2018
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Chicago Blues Greats by Paddy Smith Band at Theatre Royal Waterford April 20th

Calling all Blues music fans . . .

The Blues. It's both a feeling and a kind of music. As Paddy says himself, "You either feel it...or you don't."

No one is sure whether the blues caught up with Paddy or if Paddy caught up with the blues, but it doesn’t matter. They're here now. Together. Whether he’s been living in Ireland, Chicago or California, the blues has been inescapable and ever present in Paddy’s life. Most notably, he lost his 17-year-old daughter to cystic fibrosis in 2010.

"Ciara was 17 years of age. She had just finished her exams with honors. She chose to have a lung transplant in Newcastle, England. But, she died on the operating table. After she died, I spent two years trying to kill myself drinking but one day I stopped and I got help. The music is what’s saved me.”

In 2013, Paddy released his 12-track album called 'Let Those Blues In.’ It earned him kudos and airplay on radio all over Ireland. In 2016, a short documentary by the same name aired on Irish national television & won high praise and global awards for telling Paddy’s life story about the blues and his life today in recovery. In 2016, Paddy also released a 4-song EP called 'Ran Out of Road.’ He’s currently working on new original material for a record launch in 2018!

Show starts @ 8p.m. Tickets: e25 available from the Box Office 051-874402 or http://www.theatreroyal.ie

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