X-factor feel for Irish fest

Mary ByrneJ-McNICHOLL

This year’s Crawley Irish Festival – Hawth Theatre on Sunday August 26- has the X Factor. John McNicholl headlines a fabulous line up of musical talent from across Britain and Ireland from modern and traditional Irish music and open dance competitions.

He is joined by X- Factor semi-finalist Mary Byrne making her debut at Crawley. Although she was pipped for a place in the final in 2010, she won the hearts of millions with her big, warm personality and powerhouse voice. She has since gone from strength to strength with performing for the Queen on her historic State Visit to Ireland and has shared the stage with Neil Diamond.

The event now in its 23rd tear and recognised as the only Irish festival of its type in Britain attracts fantastic crowds from across the South East of the UK, has built a reputation as a great family day out over the August Bank holiday weekend. All in all its about showcasing Irish culture with the remit also to encourage Crawley’s diverse and vibrant community to participate in a greater understanding of that culture.

It features three different music areas catering from traditional to country to contemporary. Martin Logan of Sky TV is recording a programme on the festival for his ‘Irish in the UK’ tv show to go out a week later.

Neil Munday from Bletchingley of SuzyRadio103.4 and his team are broadcasting live all day. It all kicks off at noon and runs for seven hours
Photos show John McNicholl and Mary Byrne

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