TOP Country Gospel band, Live Issue will be returning to Lurgan on Saturday night for one last concert before they leave for a major tour of the United States.
The Lurgan concert will take place in Queen’s Street Methodist Church, where one of the band’s members, Roy Dreaning, is pastor.
Roy explained how the concert came about: “We are normally booked many months in advance, however, many local people were asking if we would come back to Lurgan again and host a concert.
“We were able to find a free weekend and decided to come back to the church where we have had so many wonderful evenings over the past six years.”
During Live Issue’s tour of the southern States in early July, the band will be representing Craigavon at the 4th of July celebrations in LaGrange Georgia, before heading to Chattanooga, Pigeon Forge, Winston Salem in North Carolina and venues in Alabama and Nashville.
Since Live Issue reformed back in 2006, the band’s unique style of music and ministry has reached a whole new generation across Ireland, the United Kingdom and America. In February 2012, the group was invited to perform at the “International Festival of Country Music” held in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. During this event Live Issue had the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs and George Hamilton IV.
Live Issue literally made history the last time they visited Nashville by becoming the first group from Ireland, and only the second group from the British Isles, to perform on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Live Issue comprises of Colin Elliott, Roy Dreaning, Sam Armstrong, Carl Sands and Ivan McLernon. Although the group still plays at many events in Northern Ireland, they are also regularly found performing at concerts and conventions throughout Britain.
Live Issue has shared the stage with Country legends such as David Frizzell, Joanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Louvin and Jimmy Fortune, from the Statler Brothers, and their live performances in Nashville have been broadcast across the world on WSM Radio and Music City Television.
Live Issue will be joined by one of Northern Ireland’s top female Gospel singers, Kathryn Mitchell. Kathryn is currently recording her new album on the band’s ‘Hillcrest’ label and it is due for release in September.
Doors open for the concert at Queen’s Street Methodist Church at 7.15pm and the concert starts at 8pm. There is no charge at the door however a donation towards expenses will be taken up during the concert.
Live Issue’s new album, ‘On The Line’ and all their previous albums and DVD are available in Christian bookshops or alternatively online through the band’s website or ITunes.
For further information on Live Issue visit their website at www.liveissuemusic.com.