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Memorial concert to celebrate life of Irish blues legend Rab McCullough

Irish blues legend Rab McCullough

A MEMORIAL concert will be held next month to celebrate the life of Irish blues legend Rab McCullough.

An iconic figure in the local music scene with a career spanning more the 50 years, Mr McCullough died in May last year.

The 72-year-old was a well-known, talented blues musician in Ireland, Europe and America who shared stages with stars including Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, AC/DC and Van Morrison.

He also performed with musicians from Cream and The Rolling Stones.

A special concert celebrating his life will take place at The Empire Music Hall on April 14, the venue where he held a 21-year residency and was joined on stage with Hollywood star Tim Robbins in 2008.

Family, friends and musicians are set to come together for a night of music that will pay tribute to the Belfast legend.

His son James said his father "gave so much, so willingly of himself and never asked for anything in return".

"He lived and breathed music and was a family man through and through," he said.

"He touched so many lives and brought people together with his music and his actions, always putting others first.

"As a family, we have been so heartened to hear from so many people from right across the world about the impact that Rab had on their lives.

"This special event will be a real celebration of his life and music and - we hope - a springboard to continue to honour his lasting legacy."

The family are also calling on people to share their memories of the musician via the Facebook page - @Rab McCullough Blues - with plans to share these stories on the night.

For further information, please visit www.thebelfastempire.com or www.ticketmaster.ie.

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