Irish Entertainers Coming to Town
Charlotte Players is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the week before the big day with a pair of popular Irishmen, comedian George Casey and tenor Cahal Dunne. Both are appearing in one-night-only shows at the William H. Wakeman III Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte.
Casey, also known as the “King of Blarney,” will take the stage on Tuesday, March 12. Born in a remote village in Ireland, he grew up in a large family where he honed his skills as a comic at the expense of his brothers and sisters. “Ireland’s International Comedian” has been entertaining audiences the world over for more than 30 years with his self-deprecating sense of humor and clean jokes and stories. He has opened for and toured with show business giants such as Rosemary Clooney, Melissa Manchester, Charley Pride, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Price, Three Dog Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Donald O’Connor and Bobby Vinton.
He has performed at Caesar’s Palace, the Sahara, and the Riviera in Las Vegas, entertained at private events from many major corporations and performed on all of the top cruise lines. The Boston Herald says his acts contains “BIG LAUGHS from beginning to end” and that Casey “can connect with any audience.”
On Thursday, March 14, Dunne makes a welcome return to the area in “Cahal Dunne in Concert.” The famed songwriter, pianist and storyteller, known as “Ireland’s Piano Man,” is sure to entertain his many existing fans and gain some new ones.
Dunne has performed with Bob Hope, Al Martino and Tony Orlando and has entertained several U.S. presidents. The County Cork native, nephew of former Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University College of Cork in 1974 and had several hits in Europe before winning Ireland’s equivalent of “American Idol” in 1979 with his own song “Happy Man.” The song became number one in Europe and Ireland with record sales topping the 250,000 mark.
In 1982, Dunne played some concerts in the United States. These tempted him to move here permanently and the following year, he emigrated from Ireland. He now lives in Pittsburgh.
Tickets for are $22 for both Casey and Dunne, whose shows run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the theater on 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte. Tickets may be ordered online at www.charlotteplayes.org or by calling 941-255-1022 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.