Shine on Éabha fundraiser – Sunday 23rd November 2014 at the Olympia Theatre

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Back at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin for one night only, Kevin Doyle, Ireland’s leading Elvis performer, will perform live with an 18-piece backing band of musicians and singers. Fresh from appearing at Electric Picnic 2014, Kevin and the band return to the Olympia Theatre, where they performed to a sold-out audience in August 2012. The show recreates the sound of Elvis at the peak of his powers, and Kevin will front a group modelled on the King’s own backing band of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Over the years, audiences have remarked on the visible bonds between the performers on stage and the fun the band have together as they play. It’s no coincidence as behind the music the band have a lifelong connection. The musicians are childhood friends, many growing up together in the same area of Lucan, County Dublin. So it’s appropriate that November’s show adds an extra dimension. Niamh Shine has been an integral member of the band for over 15 years. Last year, Niamh and her partner Noel had a baby girl, Éabha, who was diagnosed shortly afterwards with Aicardi Syndrome; an extremely rare, and sadly incurable, condition where two sides of the brain are unable to communicate, as a result it leaves Éabha in need of daily medication and constant care. The family are working to build a wheelchair-accessible living space in their home for Éabha and support her development with special-needs toys and learning tools. The band members rallied together and all proceeds for the concert will go to the Shine On Éabha foundation www.shineoneabha.com. The concert will raise vital funds to allow Niamh and Noel to provide the best possible care for little Éabha. The connection of Elvis-The Way It Was to this cause is heartfelt, and the aim to give the audience a stellar performance and support one of their own members at the same time should be the real cause for applause. To come along to what is guaranteed to be a fantastic event, and support this worthy cause, book tickets from €20 (plus booking fee) directly from Ticketmaster.ie or from the Olympia Box Office.