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November 27, 2012

‘Ireland's Happy Man’ to appear in Centerville Dec. 3

CENTERVILLE — Cahal Dunne, a songwriter, a masterful pianist, a comedian and one of Ireland's best vocalists, will appear in Centerville on Monday,  Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Simon Estes Auditorium under the auspices of the Centerville Concert Association.

Cahal Dunne possesses that certain magical quality that comes from deep within a great entertainer and washes over his audiences, captivating them. His vocal style is rich and deep as he takes you on a musical journey to his homeland. He has an easy rapport and his great sense of humor is shown in a way that appeals to audiences of all ages. He is truly an entertainer extraordinaire.

He has appeared with Bob Hope, Wayne Newton, Al Martino and Tony Orlando and performed for several presidents. He accompanies himself on the piano but has backing tracks on about 50 percent of the songs so there is a full orchestra sound coming from the stage.

Cahal's concert schedule takes him all over the country, but usually centers on the East coast where he has a loyal following. This will be Cahal's second tour for Allied Concert Services, the first, a highly successful 27 concerts performed in the 10-11 season.

He is a native of Cork Ireland, and he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University College of Cork. He has won a number of prizes in Irish Song Contests, Including Ireland's National Song Contest with his winning song "Happy Man" which earned him the right to represent Ireland in the International Eurovision Music Contest in Israel. "Happy Man" became number one in Europe and Ireland with record sales topping the quarter million mark. This gave him the title that most people know him by, "Ireland's Happy Man." Cahal makes his home near Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Kathleen and their family.

Admission to this second concert of the season is by season memberships from Centerville, Ottumwa, Fairfield and Washington. Single tickets will be available at the door for $15.

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