- 16 Sep 21
The Derry native has been called Ireland's 'Godfather of soul'.
Legendary Irish Blues/Soul singer Rob Strong is currently celebrating an incredible 60 years on the road in Ireland with the launch of his biography Still Going Strong. The launch of the biography is set to take place at Workman's Club in Dublin on September 19, 2021. On the night, there will be two separate shows — one at 6.30pm and one at 9.30pm — which will include a gig, interviews with special guests and a short documentary.
Strong's fascinating life story was written by his manager Paul Holland, and a foreword was penned by Barry Devlin of Horslips fames. Known as ‘the Godfather of soul’, the Derry native's son, Andrew Strong, achieved worldwide stardom when he starred in The Commitments movie in 1991.
The biography charts Strong's life, from humble beginnings in Springtown Camp, Derry, in Northern Ireland. Friends, family and musicians recall his early days and his first bands. Strong also looks back at the showband era when he moved to Omagh and played with The Polka Dots and fronted the iconic Plattermen — one of the biggest bands in Ireland in the 60s and 70s.
Many of Ireland’s biggest names in the music world give fascinating interviews on Strong and the Irish music scene from the 60s–90s, with household names such as his son Andrew Strong, Phil Coulter, Johnny Logan, Colm Wilkinson, Brian Coll, Paul Brady, Don Baker, Paddy Cole, Brush Shiels, Mary Coughlan, Frankie McBride, Pat Shortt, Smiley Bolger, Fr. Brian D’ Arcy, Barry Devlin from Horslips and Thin Lizzy original guitarist Eric Bell.
Visit The Workman's Club website to buy tickets.