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Fitness guru Pat Henry's silver strummers set to rival acts half their age at the Picnic

AGE really is nothing but a number -- and these Dublin rockers are proving just that.

The Transformation Blues Band, consisting of a who's who of Dublin's cultural, media and medical worlds, have been taking the music scene by storm.

The five-piece band is set to play Electric Picnic this summer, and are currently in talks over a show at Glastonbury next year.

And they are not short of any additional qualifications along with their musical talents.

Professor Austin Leahy, a vascular surgeon at Beaumont Hospital, rocks out the lead vocals on stage, with Norman Teeling, Ray McDonnell, Operation Transformation guru Pat Henry and Shay Hillen completing the line-up.

Also joining them is Pat McSweeney as a regular guest playing the harmonica.

TV personality and bassist Pat Henry (61) told the Herald how they have been soaking up the success since forming last year.

"It was my birthday, I didn't want a party so we decided to do a gig with the guys. We did a sold-out gig in Crawdaddy to raise funds for Beaumont Hospital and raised a lot of money," he said.

And they promise to rival musical acts half their age when they take Electric Picnic by storm with a primetime slot on the Saturday night.

"We were only asked last week and then it was confirmed. We're not nervous at all, we're going to rock the place. It's not depressing blues stuff, but very drums and guitar driven.

"Our set is normally two hours but I think it's one hour. We'll start off light then go into some Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

The band have since been riding the wave of their musical success, recently landing a slot playing iconic pub De Barra's in Clonakilty.

"We've sold out in De Barra's, which is fantastic -- all the greats have played there like David Bowie and Pink Floyd, and even Christy Moore is playing there tomorrow night," he explained.

They officially joined together last Christmas, and although some had been playing their own music for years, they have been more successful than ever since forming the Transformation Blues Band.

"I've been playing the bass for the last 35 years, but we hadn't played together before. We enjoy it so much. I'm a firm believer that music is great for the soul. It's a great release of energy," Mr Henry said.

cmcbride@herald.ie