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St Pat’s gig in Beijing for town folk group

Stonewall members Andrew Cornett, Colin Slaine, Warren Attwell and Kenny Qua. INPT11-020

Stonewall members Andrew Cornett, Colin Slaine, Warren Attwell and Kenny Qua. INPT11-020

Local folk group Stonewall will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day oriental-style when they take to the stage in China for the second year running.

The group, past pupils of Portadown College, will be performing at the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Beijing.

The event is being held in one of the city’s leading hotels, aptly named the Kerry Hotel, and the ballroom will be packed to capacity for the £150 all-ticket event.

The ball is attended by leading business figures from China and a variety of western countries including the Irish Ambassador.

The group, consisting of Andrew Cornett, Colin Slaine, Warren Attwell and Kenny Qua, performed at last year’s event and their wide repertoire of music went down so well they were asked back for a repeat performance.

Drummer Andrew said, “The mix of music from the 50s right up to recent hits by the likes of Avicii with some country, folk and traditional tunes thrown in seemed to really suit the occasion.”

Kenny Qua, who plays bass and flute, is unable to travel this year and will be replaced by Gareth Leslie.

 

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