The Rob Strong Band LIVE at The Strule Arts Centre Omagh
THE ROB STRONG BAND IN CONCERT With Special Guests Niamh Strong & Salvatore Urbano
The legendary Irish Blues/Soul singer Rob Strong returns to his adopted hometown of Omagh in County Tyrone for a special concert and the launch of his biography at The Strule Arts Centre on Friday 26th November 2021. Although born in Derry, Rob Strong moved to Omagh at the age of 16, where he was to join two of Ireland’s biggest Showbands, The Polka Dots (with Frankie McBride) from 1965 to 1967 and the iconic Plattermen from 1967 to 1974. Both moves were organised by Rob’s lifelong friend and legendary singer, the late Brian Coll. His concert at the Strule will include interviews with some of his bandmates from The Plattermen and follows the huge success of concerts there in memory of other Omagh legends, Arty McGlynn and Pio Mc Cann.
In 1961 Rob Strong started out with his first band, The Spartans, in Springtown Camp, Derry, where he spent his early years. After playing bass guitar with The Polka Dots, Rob progressed to become lead singer with The Plattermen, one of Ireland’s finest ever bands. In 1974/75 he spent a year with Eurovision Winner Johnny Logan in a fantastic band called The Giants and later fronted The Las Vegas Showband with Kelley, Ireland’s top female singer at the time. Rob Strong and The Rockets were hugely popular all over Ireland in the late ‘70s and early ‘80. For almost 40 years he has fronted The Rob Strong Band, which currently feature top class musicians, Sean Behan on lead guitar, Cormac Crowley on drums, Niamh Strong on vocals, Salvatore Urbano on keyboards and Rob himself on lead vocals and bass guitar. The band have been receiving rave reviews after 2021 concerts in Bray, Waterford, Monaghan and Dublin.
Rob’s amazing story is described by Brush Shiels as a “ phenomenal biography “ and was written by his manager Paul Holland, with the foreword penned by Barry Devlin of Horslips fame. Ireland’s biggest names give fascinating interviews on Rob and the Irish music scene in the ‘60s to the ‘90s with household names such as 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, his son Andrew Strong and Thin Lizzy original guitarist Eric Bell. They recall many memorable moments of Rob’s career with the overwhelming consensus being that his amazing voice and bass playing have always been world class. In the early 1970s nobody in Ireland personified the raw energy of rock and blues music like Rob Strong. He even once turned down the opportunity to join the world famous rock band Deep Purple!
Rob’s son, Andrew Strong, achieved worldwide stardom when he starred in The Commitments movie in 1991 and nowadays performs in Scandanavia and Australia . Rob’s daughter, Niamh Strong, regularly performs with Rob’s band and is described by the Irish media as a ‘sensational singer in her own right’. Quotes from the biography and our website www.robstrong.ie from his fellow musicians:-
‘Rob Strong is unique. He is incredibly talented. In my opinion he is the best Blues or Soul singer to ever come out of Ireland. His innate gift is his voice and his timing is incredible’ Colm Wilkinson
‘Seeing Rob Strong with the Plattermen in the late ‘60s was a big influence on me. To hear a fellow Northerner sing the soul music I loved so well, gave me a lot of confidence that one day I could find my own voice. Rob is one of the true originals!’ Paul Brady
‘When I think of Rob Strong I think of a big voice doing Bluesy stuff with a raw edge. Rob Strong has a big engine and a great vocal range’ Phil Coulter Contact Paul Holland Manager [email protected] Website www.robstrong.ie ----- Facebook ROB STRONG LEGEND- Twitter @strong_rob
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