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Gig set to celebrate life of one of Belfast's best known musicians Marty Lundy

Well known singer Marty Lundy died in April 2020

A GIG to celebrate the life of one of Belfast's best known musicians Marty Lundy will take place next month.

Best remembered as the frontman of Katmandu, Lundy died in April 2020 aged 68.

The son of well-known fiddle player Arthur Lundy, he joined the entertainment business at the age of 11 along with his cousin, Tommy.

Having formed a band, the pair performed at various school gigs, transporting their equipment in an old pram.

In the years that followed, Lundy became a prolific musician playing with a number of bands throughout the seventies, during the Troubles and up until just prior to his death.

His last gig was at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast in March 2020, which raised £10,000 for Marie Curie.

Two years on from his death his contribution to the music industry will be celebrated on June 8 with a gig at the same Belfast venue and will feature Katmandu, The Adventures, The Four of Us and the Ken Haddock Band.

The 'Marty Party' event has been billed as "the long awaited and eagerly anticipated salute to the much missed and loved, the musician’s musician".

Organisers of the gig said: "Spanning a musical adventure of 60 years, Marty met and worked with the cream of local, national and international artists and players.

"Tributes over many years - too many to list - include the renowned Hot Press Magazine which described Marty as 'enigmatic and enduring'.

"Don’t miss this evening for our friend, your friend, Marty Lundy.

"Artist, entertainer and musician. Don’t be sad he’s gone, be glad he happened."

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