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Johnny Depp to turn out for Shane McGowan's birthday bash

An event will take place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin next month to celebrate Shane MacGowan's 60th birthday
Marie Louise McConville

HOLLYWOOD actor Johnny Depp will join a host of musical stars in Dublin next month for a special celebration to mark songwriter, Shane MacGowan's 60th birthday.

The Sweeney Todd actor, who is a friend of the singer, will be joined by a host of other stars including Cerys Matthews, Glen Hansard, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Carl Barat of The Libertines, Finbar Furey, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols and Terry Woods of The Pogues.

The celebratory concert will take place at the National Concert Hall (NCH) on Monday January 15.

From A Pair of Brown Eyes to Fairytale of New York, Shane MacGowan is widely recognised as one of the greatest international songwriters and the concert will be part of the NCH Perspectives Series, which will celebrate the power and poetry of Shane's work and his contribution to Irish music.

Also present on the night will be a newly created band featuring members of The Pogues led by Music Director Terry Edwards.

The celebrations will be hosted by RTÉ broadcaster and presenter John Kelly.

Tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow at 10am and are available by calling 003531 417 00 00 or online at www. nch.ie

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