with Special Guest Niamh Strong
The legendary Rob Strong returns to the Mermaid Arts Centre after a sold-out show with Don Baker back in 2018. Rob has always enjoyed a big following in the Bray area and sold out The Hot Spot in Greystones in 2020 . The Derry man recently celebrated an amazing 60 years on the road, and as the title of his recently released biography suggests, is ‘STILL GOING STRONG’!
Rob started out with The Polka Dots in Omagh in 1965 in the Showband era and progressed to front The Plattermen, one of the biggest bands in Ireland in the 60’s and 70’s. Rob spent a year with Johnny Logan in a band called The Giants in 1975 and also fronted The Las Vegas Showband with Kelley, The Rockets and for over 30 years, The Rob Strong Band, in a career that has spanned almost six decades. The man known as “The Godfather of Irish Soul”, once turned down the opportunity to become the lead singer of Deep Purple, while his son, Andrew Strong, starred as Deco Cuffe in “The Commitments” the smash-hit movie worldwide in 1991. Rob’s daughter, Niamh Strong, is a fabulous singer in her own right and frequently guests with The Rob Strong Band, which includes two more fabulous musicians, Sean Behan on lead guitar and Cormac Crowley on drums. Here are just some of the incredible quotes on Rob Strong from the as recorded by his fellow Irish legends for Rob´s Biography STILL GOING STRONG´
‘Rob Strong is unique. He is incredibly talented. In my opinion he is the best Blues or Soul singer to ever come out of Ireland. His innate gift is his voice and his timing is incredible’Colm Wilkinson
‘Seeing Rob Strong with the Plattermen in the late ‘60s was a big influence on me. To hear a fellow Northerner sing the soul music I loved so well, gave me a lot of confidence that one day I could find my own voice. Rob is one of the true originals!’Paul Brady
‘When I think of Rob Strong I think of a big voice doing Bluesy stuff with a raw edge. Rob Strong has a big engine and a great vocal range’Phil Coulter
‘For me Rob is world class. I’d say he is one of the best Blues/Soul/Rock singers in the world. Rob is also a great bass player. He has a beautiful tone on the bass. It’s like he’s caressing the bass. I’ve played with lots of bass players- Rob is the best! ’Don Baker