Margaret Graham with Daniel O'Donnell.
A CHARITY country music night in the Chestnut
Lodge, Moira, promises to be a night full of music and fun -
just like the woman it is in memory of.
The night has been organised by Denise Frazer
and Velma Hawthorne in memory of Lisburn woman Margaret Graham,
who passed away in October 2007.
Margaret, who was blind, was diagnosed with
breast cancer a number of years ago, and having recovered, sadly
succumbed to pneumonia.
Margaret was well renowned for her love of
music and her friends have gathered together to organise the
evening on Wednesday June 4 in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care
and the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).
Artists appearing include Conal Gallen of
'Horse it into ya Cynthia' fame, The man with the Hat, TR Dallas
from Co. Westmeath, Trevor Moyles from Co. Mayo, Warren Smyth
NICMA radio presenter of the year from Downtown Radio, Conor
McKay The Singing Brickie, Gary Gamble NICMA Newcomer of the
Year, Helen McCabe with her fiddle, Kenny Paul from Maghera and
Cowboy Larry from Radio Star. The compere will be Paul Martin
from Radio Star, whilst Breakaway will be the backing band.
Denise said: "Margaret loved music, the
number of CDs and videos she had was unbelievable. Even though
she was blind she always watched her videos because she said she
could feel the atmosphere from them."
Denise and Margaret met 18 years ago when
Denise, who works in Lisburn Library, was out in the mobile
library and the pair got talking about a shared love of country
Denise commented: "I asked her if we had what
she was interested in and told her it didn't matter how obscure
it was, when she said who she liked she was talking to the right
"This was about a month before Daniel O'Donnell was due to
play in Belfast. Unfortunately Margaret wasn't able to go due to
illness but I got a card and sent it to Daniel with her number
and told him all about her. During the evening she got a phone
call from him and when he said who it was she said 'sing to me',
so he sang down the phone to her. He never forgot her and always
spoke to her when he saw her or said her name from the stage,
everyone knew her and loved her.
"Everyone performing has been brilliant, giving their time
for free and the Chestnut Lodge have given the room for free and
are sponsoring the food. Local businesses have also given prizes
for the raffle."
Denise continued: "Margaret was full of confidence, full of
life and full of fun. She'd have loved this night, she was such
a caring person."
Admission to the event costs £12.50. Doors open at 7pm and
the show begins at 8pm until late.
* The Star have two pairs of tickets to give away to the
charity night. Just tell us, What song is Conal Gallen famous
for? Send your answer with your name, address and contact number
to Stacey Heaney at the Ulster Star, 12A Bow Street, Lisburn
BT28 1BN or email your answer to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is
Wednesday May 28.