Bobby Womack, the man responsible for one of this year’s most critically acclaimed albums The Bravest Man in the Universe, has been forced to withdraw from this month’s shared-bill festival in Marlay Park. The 68-year-old icon had been scheduled to perform alongside Van Morrison and Tom Jones at what some have nicknamed ‘Geriatric Picnic’ but, according to MCD, illness has ruled any chance of the soul superstar appearing.
All is not lost, however. Irish blues legend Don Baker has been drafted in to replace Womack and MCD have also confirmed that a €10 discount will be applied to all tickets purchased between now and the gig date and a €10 voucher will be offered to anybody who purchased a ticket prior to the announcement. The voucher can be redeemed at any of concession stands in the venue. Baker, widely regarded as the greatest harmonica player in the world (even by Bono, no less) should provide ample consolation to anybody hoping to catch Womack this year and the inner-city Dubliner provides just as much grit and soul as anybody else on the circuit.
Womack has stated “I send my deepest apologies to my loyal fans around the world, and would like to thank them for their unwavering love, support and well wishes during my stay here at the hospital” and State wishes him a speedy recovery.
MCD’s ten euro reduction on the concert ticket price is effective immediately bringing the cost to €49.50 including booking fee. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or by calling 0818 719 300 (N.I. 0844 277 44 55).