Michael 'Mog' O'Grady
Kilkenny will honour one of its finest musicians keyboard players, Michael 'Mog' O'Grady with a very special tribute night in The Set Theatre on Friday, March 2. Many of the bands and musicians that Michael played with during his music career will be performing on the night.
Brendan Ryder and Gay Brazel from Tweed will perform with their new line up The Backyard Band. Expect some Tweed favourites here.
Trad/folk/rock band, Reel to Reel, are reforming especially for the gig while Billy Barron's new look Contraband are also on the bill.
Andy Murray and Willie Maher from The 5th Degree will perform as will Kilkenny guitar legend Dave Prim.
Also on the bill for what promises to be a night to remember are Carlow's John(GI) Brennan, Pat Ryan and many more. MC will be Pat Holland.
Mog O'Grady as he is affectionately known began his musical career in 1968 when he joined The Nomads Showband in Kilkenny.
From there he went on to play with The Jim Cantwell Big Band and following that went on to form the band Tweed with Brendan Ryder who also had been in the Nomads. Tweed went on to be one of Ireland's top bands with Michael writing many of their songs with Brendan on vocals.
Michael's life took a new direction in 1974 when he left Tweed and the band scene and went to Birmingham to study Industrial Design. He later went on to be a lecturer in this subject for 33 years in the Carlow Institute of Technology.
During this time he continued to play keyboards in bands like Contraband, Reel to Reel, Jigs and Power, Rappitup, Backdoor Blues, David O'Darby The 5th Degree and more.
He also served 10 years on the Kilkenny Arts Festival Committee and was involved in many theatrical productions while also giving his time and talents freely to many charity gigs.
He was a great supporter of Rockfall Music Festival in Kilkenny and in 1989 came up with the title Rockfall and also designed the first Rockfall poster which is still used today 30 years on.
At the request of Michael O'Grady all profits from the night will be donated to the Kilkenny branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. Doors 8.30. First act 9pm. Tickets €10 available from Langtons.
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