Diarmuid O’Leary and the Bards to play the Bridge House Hotel on April 16

2010 was a significant milestone for legendary folk group and top entertainers, Diarmuid O’Leary and The Bards as they celebrated 30 years since their no. 1 hit song “Julia at Lanigan’s Ball” - a comedy song, which became a classic and one of the biggest selling records in Ireland, earning them a Gold Disc Award.

2010 was a significant milestone for legendary folk group and top entertainers, Diarmuid O’Leary and The Bards as they celebrated 30 years since their no. 1 hit song “Julia at Lanigan’s Ball” - a comedy song, which became a classic and one of the biggest selling records in Ireland, earning them a Gold Disc Award.

To mark the occasion “Ireland’s Own” magazine did an extensive interview on Diarmuid’s life and times and featured him on the front cover on July 16. This inspired Diarmuid to come up with the group’s latest comedy release “The Cover of Ireland’s Own”. It’s a parody on the Shel Silverstein song “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” which was a chart hit for Dr. Hook back in 1973.

The group will be appearing in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday April 16. A key ingredient to the endurance and success of Diarmuid O’Leary and The Bards is their distinctive ability to perform a unique mixture of comedy, contemporary songs and classic ballads together with a strong and exciting instrumental dimension.

As well as the new comedy single, the group have also released a new contemporary album - a collection of 14 tracks – mostly new recordings like “If I Go Sailing”, “Why Not Me”, “Breaking The Line”, “A Soft Place To Fall”, “Time Changes Everything” and “The Way Old Friends Do” - but also included are three of their best-known songs, “Shaney Boy”, “The Old Dungarvan Oak” and “The Railway Hotel” which is the title track.

Other songs included are “Summer Friends” and “The Gypsy Maiden” - produced by Donal Lunny, “The Last Blue Whale in the Ocean” - a haunting and atmospheric recording about the hunting of the great blue whale into extinction and for “Roll on the Day” the group were joined by international singer songwriter Chris Rea on slide guitar and vocals. The final track on the album is a return to an up-tempo, tongue-in-cheek song with a message we should all remember from time to time, “Enjoy Yourself – It’s Later Than You Think”.

“Breaking The Line” is a poignant song that is proving to be one of the highlights of the current live show. The song tells the story of the plight of a small farmer who can no longer earn a living from the land that has been handed down in his family for generations and he is faced with the heartbreaking decision of having to sell up, move out and so, “break the line” of inheritance.

Their other comedy hits include “The Mother Tongue” and of course “The Oldest Swinger in Town” – all of which are available on their 2007 “Comedy Hits Album”.

Make the most of this opportunity to see and hear Diarmuid O’Leary and The Bards, you will certainly enjoy their blend of music, song and humour and come away filled with the enthusiasm, which they generate everywhere they play.