David Gray: Headlining free web gig in aid of Barretstown Inspirations

A major Irish rock concert will be streamed live from the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on the web today in aid of Paul Newman's charity.

The Internet gig has been arranged to support Paul Newman’s Barretstown Camp for kids coping with serious illnesses, which he founded in Ireland in 1994.

Since then it has helped 18,000 children to enjoy an outdoors holiday that in many cases is the first of their young lives.

The show features a host of top acts including David Gray, Paddy Casey, Mundy, Duckworth Lewis Method, Jape, Lir, Villagers, Gemma Hayes, Jerry Fish and more all performing songs by their own musical heroes.

In the past charity gigs relied mostly upon ticket sales to raise cash, but today’s Irish concert has its sights fixed firmly on the generosity of the worldwide Irish community logging on to watch the live gig from both home and abroad.

The live broadcast will commence at 19.00 GMT, today Friday 5 March. While the broadcast will be free to view, viewers will be encouraged to click thru and donate to Barretstown. Viewers will also be able to engage in live web chat during the concert.

It has been revealed that some of the highlights of the night will include David Gray singing Springsteen, Paddy Casey performing Prince and Mundy singing The Doors. The stream will also feature exclusive backstage interviews with the artists.

Organizer Gary Cohen said, “This is a great chance for music fans everywhere to join the Irish audience at this amazing show and at the same time help a wonderful cause. All proceeds will go to Barretstown, the camp for children affected by cancer and other life threatening illnesses set up by the late Hollywood actor Paul Newman.”