By Shelley Marsden
Stars record classic Irish ballad to mark special St Pat’s performance
To mark this one-off performance, the band have recorded their very own version of Irish classic The Irish Rover, as a prelude to what audiences can expect on March 17 at Trafalgar Square.
The Commitments have been bringing Dublin Soul to London’s West End to great acclaim since opening at the Palace Theatre last October. Now the cast have ditched their day off in favour of a special one-off performance to celebrate the big day in true Irish style.
Featuring over 20 classic soul songs including Think by Aretha Franklin, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones, Papa Was A Rolling Stone by The Temptations, Night Train by James Brown, In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett, Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding and of course Mustang Sally, this St Patrick’s Day performance may be the biggest and loudest show yet.
The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesiser band who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help.
Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig.
Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The backing singers are all getting off with the middle aged horn legend, the singer has entered Eurovision and the saxophone player has dangerous leanings towards a jazz career…
St Patrick’s Day Performance: Monday 17 March at 7.30pm. Usual performance times at Palace Theatre, Tuesday – Sunday at 7.30pm, Saturday & Sunday at 3.00pm.
For tickets call Box Office on 0844 874 0790 or visit www.thecommitmentslondon.com.