Three of Northern Ireland’s most respected bands are combining for a special show in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, all performing one of their classic albums in its entirety. Ash (1977), The Divine Comedy (Promenade) and the Undertones (The Undertones) will play the Ulster Hall in Belfast on November 3rd, with tickets priced £20 and £22 will going on sale on Thursday 22nd September at 9am from the Ulster Hall box office.
Speaking of his involvement, Tim Wheeler of Ash said “my Dad passed away in January this year. He’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2008 and lived the last 6 months of his life in the Psychiatry Of Old Age Ward at Downe Hospital. I spent a lot of time in the hospital with him and saw many other patients and families going through exactly the same thing as we were going through. When I heard that Neil’s father had also been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I thought that we could actually do something using our music to help fight Alzheimer’s. It is a growing worldwide problem and as yet there is no cure. The main hope seems to be in prevention and a lot of funding for research is needed”.
“So using the uplifting power of great music we are going to make a contribution”, he continued. “It’s going to be a wonderful and emotional night for me. The Undertones have been a big influence on Ash, they are Northern Irish music legends and it’s going to be a real treat hearing them play their first album. I’ve been a friend and massive fan of Neil for years too and always love being on the same stage as The Divine Comedy. With Ash, we’re really excited to be playing our debut album in full, something that we’ve only ever done twice before. My Dad loved music, playing piano was one of his joys and he would never miss an Ash gig in Belfast. I know he’ll be there in spirit”.