Red Hand Rocks 2012 Back To Tyrone
The Craic starts in Carmen!!
Red Hand Rocks’ Music Festival returns to Carmen on Saturday June 23rd and what a line-up is in store.
Headlining the night are’ More Power To Your Elbow’ who are celebrating 20 years together along with traditional rockers ‘The Logues’ and veteran Red Hand Rockers ‘Chasin Hooley’ and this year the party will be broadcast live online round the globe!
Check out previous festival coverage here
This year’s festival with have the usual novelties including the ever popular BBQ, Beach Bar, special guests, party promotions and prize giveaways. Co Tyrone’s favourite DJ Stevie King will be MC and will be chatting and having the craic with some of the special guests in attendance on the night and giving away some freebies!
As always the main aim of The Red Hand Rocks is to raise money for a charity based or linked to Co Tyrone and 2012 is no different.
This year the festival is honoured to support ‘The Cormac Trust’ which works to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac arrest. The charity was set up after the sudden death of Eglish and Tyrone footballer Cormac McAnallen in 2004.
Cormac’s death came as a shock to people not only in his local area, but also to people all over Ulster and Ireland and among the Irish dispora throughout the world, as he was a well-known sportsman of exceptional fitness and of ostensibly perfect health.
It was largely due to the death of Cormac and other subsequent cases that the Irish public became aware of the issue of sudden cardiac death among young people. From the time of Cormac’s death the McAnallen family was keen to direct public attention to these cardiac conditions that cause such sudden deaths.
So the family, with the assistance of the Tyrone County Board of the GAA, set up the Cormac Trust. Recent local cases of Sudden Cardiac Death highlight the fact that young people are still affected by this condition and so the very important work of The Cormac Trust continues. Several of Cormacs former Tyrone teammates assisted with the launch of the Red Hand Rocks Festival 2012.
Bringing an extra special dimension to this year’s festival will be the inclusion of Live Broadcasting of the event online so Ex-pats all over the world can join in on the Red Hand Rocks 2012!
Co. Tyrone has been greatly affected by the economic recession and hundreds of young people have had to emigrate out of the County to other parts of the world to seek employment. Many others have temporarily left to travel and see the world, but like anyone away for long there are times when you want to be back on home soil. So for one night only three of the biggest and best Co Tyrone bands will play live in Carrickmore while simultaneously broadcasting to ex-patriots all across the world, bringing everyone ‘Back To Tyrone’ in this truly global event for the County.
From Krakow to Killeshil, New York to Newtonstewart, Sydney to Strabane, Dubai to Donaghmore, Toronto to Trillick, Adelaide to Ardboe, Chicago to Castlederg, Perth to Pomeroy, Darwin to Dromore, Boston to Ballygawley, Glasgow to Greencastle and Melbourne to The Moy, everyone can enjoy a night at home wherever in the world they are.
As always the the craic starts in Carmen!
• More Power To Your Elbow are this year celebrating their 20th anniversary on the road. • Included on the bill are a group of lads from the Castlederg area of the County who have been making a huge name for themselves all over Ireland and further afield. Made up of drums, bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, tin whistle and vocals, The Logues have been bringing their folk-rock circus to audiences since St. Patrick's Day 2006, when they formed for what was supposed to be a one off gig. Since then they have become one of the busiest bands in the country, playing around 150 shows a year all over Ireland in what has been described as ‘psycho ceilidh’ music
• Also on the bill for the night are Chasin’ Hooley who are no strangers to The Red Hand Rocks stage having played at the Festival in 2010; combining a fast paced traditional sound with a bursting tempo of folk and country the group have been gigging all over Ulster and Ireland since their formation.
Tickets cost £12 and can be purchased from the following outlets.• Dalys Hardware: Carrickmore • The Patrician Hall: Carrickmore• Gene Stuarts: Dungannon• Sheehys Bookstore: Cookstown• Musicmaster: Omagh• McCrorys Shop: Castlederg