Don Mescall pictured with Geri Halliwell
An Evening with Don Mescall and Friends
Following the huge success of last year’s sell-out concert, Limerick-born, award-winning singer-songwriter Don Mescall returns to UCH.
This year’s concert features contributions from Paul Brady, Frances Black, Gary Brooker (from Procol Harum, famous for their hit Whiter Shade of Pale), American Grammy award winning singer songwriter Mike Reid (I Can’t Make You Love Me), Brian Kennedy, The Curraghgower Singers, Gregg Sutton (previously with Bob Dylan’s band), Bazil Meade MBE (founder and choir master of the London Community Gospel Choir), Beibei Wang (acclaimed soloist), Will Robinson (No. 1 Nashville songwriter), St. Mary’s School Choir from Newport and Ahane soprano Siobhan Egan.
Don will also be joined by his incredible 11 piece Italian Band and introductions on the night will be by RTE’s Mary Kennedy.
— Don Mescall (@DonMescall) September 24, 2019
Born in Ahane, County Limerick, Don Mescall is the second youngest in a family of eleven siblings. He left Ireland in the early nineties, to move to London. His first cut as a songwriter was Road to Glory, recorded by Eleanor Shanley, and gradually other songs of Don’s found their way to artist’s including Frances Black, who went on to record nine of his compositions.
Don Mescall songs have gone on to have over 17 million hits on youtube, and have been recorded by such artists as Rascal Flatts, The Backstreet Boys, Lonestar, Geri Halliwell, Ronan Keating, Sir Cliff Richard, Nathan Carter, Mackenzie Porter, Marina Kaye, Sharon Corr, Aslan, American Idol’s Clay Aiken, Boyzone, Idol Winner Theo Thams, Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Lulu, Kirsty, Garou, Woodstock’s legendary Richie Havens, US star Neal McCoy, Brian Kennedy, Luke Dickens, Jaydee Bixby, The High Kings, Frances Black, Grant & Forsyth and many more.
In 2017 he received a lifetime achievement award and was also named Songwriter of the Year at the Irish Country Music Awards in May.
2018 was another amazing year starting with a live performance in March at C2C Dublin at the 3 Arena. In May he was awarded international songwriter of the year at the Hot Country Music Awards, he spent June recording tracks for his album in Sardinia, and in November he launched his new album Lighthouse Keeper with a sold out show in University Concert Hall, Limerick. Lighthouse Keeperwent to No. 1 in the Irish Independent album charts that month.
In 2019, following a Nationwide RTE TV special with Mary Kennedy, Don went on to headline the St. Patrick’s Day show in Trafalgar Square in London in front of an audience of 85,000, which was also broadcast to an estimated 2 million viewers. In June Nathan Carter released Don’s song Gone Girls, which went straight in at No. 1 in the itunes country single charts, making it his 4th No. 1 hit with Nathan to date.
On August 16th of this year, the single Live Long Rock & Roll was released. Don co-wrote this song 18 years ago with the legendary guitarist Henry McCullough (ex of Wings/Joe Cocker Grease band). Following on from Henry being taken seriously ill in 2012 Don started recording the track with a view to creating an income stream to help with Henry’s care.
He gathered together music legends – Gary Brooker, Sir Paul McCartney; Chris Stainton Albert Lee, Nick Mason Fiachra Trench, London Community Gospel Choir, Paul Carrick /Paul Brady and himself – who all contributed their time and gifts to make the song an amazing ode to the man they knew and loved . Don produced and recorded the track in various studios around the world and his own recording studio in London.
The concert will host on Saturday, November 16, 8pm at University Concert Hall,Limerick.
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