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Star-studded line-up promises fitting tribute to Teddy

A star-studded line-up will take to the stage in Silverbridge Resource Centre this weekend to honour one of the area’s most renowned and best loved musicians.

Teddy Campbell will be the star of the show at the musical tribute event this Friday evening 3rd June in recognition of his lifetime’s contribution to music.

Self-taught, Teddy began playing music in earnest in his early twenties and spent the ensuing decades sharing his talent in hundreds of venues across the country.

He spent many years on the road as an accordion player with the John Murphy Céilí Band and, when their showband years came to an end, the lifelong friends continued performing together until John passed away in 1996.

Alongside his career in the entertainment industry, Teddy used his talents for the benefit of his community and spent many years teaching music to the youth of the area.  A dedicated parishioner, he led the choir in Glassdrummond Church for more than forty years, and, under his guidance, his children and grandchildren maintain the family involvement.  Teddy’s commitment to parish duties were rewarded when in 2010 he received the St. Patrick’s Medal in recognition of his contribution to the church.

Despite having suffered ill health in recent years, Teddy’s love of music and craic has not waned and, having touched the lives of many through his music, in turn his loyal followers will join together this Friday night in a wonderful tribute night in his honour.

Among the many well-known entertainers taking to the stage to offer a superb variety of music and song are Big Tom, Susan McCann, John Glenn, Cowboy Larry, The Campbell family, Blast from the Past, Margaret Reel, Denis Heaney, Vincent Soye and Céilí with Pat Murphy and friends.

Proceeds from the event are in aid of the Stroke Rehabilitation Ward, Daisy Hill hospital; Silverbridge Senior Citizens and Special Needs Association and The Rainbow Club, Crossmaglen.

Tickets priced at £10 or €13 are selling fast so be sure to secure yours as soon as possible what promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment.  Tickets are currently on sale in Donnelly’s shop, Silverbridge; Centra, Crossmaglen; Donnelly’s shop, Crossmaglen; Murphy’s Shop, Glassdrummond; Beauty on the Loft, Silverbridge; Ardee Car Parts; Casey’s, Culloville; Coole Fuels, Tullydonnell; Julia’s Chippy, Mullaghbawn, Casey’s Eurospar, Crossmaglen.

Doors open at 8pm with the show getting underway at 8.30pm sharp.