Wednesday 23 January 2019

Crooning consultant lures crowds

HE'S the doctor whose musical prescription has crowds flocking to the National Concert Hall.

Dr Louis O'Carroll, one of Ireland's leading psychiatrists, plays the concert hall tomorrow - with only a few tickets remaining.

The crooning consultant has taken the music world by storm since releasing a compilation in March- all in aid of the Kerry Hospice.

Now the Earlsfort Terrace venue is set to fill with Kerry emigres and music lovers alike as he plays numbers from the hit River to Sea.

Modest Dr Louis told the Herald he only considered making the hit album when a friend convinced him to "make a go of it".

"I would be somebody that would of sing on various occasions, predominantly Kerry songs, or other trad songs," he explained.

"I still do a bit of part-time work as a psychiatrist," he said. "I was a consultant psychiatrist in north Dublin for 20 years. Then I retired to Kerry, where I do part-time work."

Commentator Billy Keane, son of playwright John B, praised Louis' singing skills and said the concert was a must for music lovers.

Dr O'Carroll enlisted some of the biggest names in the trad music world to support the album -- and donated all proceeds to charity.

Legendary vocalist Francie Conway joined in, as did Tom Shanahan and Dermot Daly.

Dr O'Carroll gave up his flourishing Dublin practice to re-locate to his native Listowel.

The concert takes place in the John Field Room at 8pm, with tickets available at €15.


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