It’s been over six months since the untimely passing of Dolores O’Riordan and this week an array of talented musicians and singers will gather in Limerick to pay tribute to the singer with a very special concert in Dolan’s Warehouse.
I Heart The Cranberries follows the template set by Dubliner John Byrne for a series of tribute gigs that have taken place in Whelan's over the past few years. Emma Langford, the very talented local chanteuse & organiser of The Limerick Lady series of concerts sought permission from Byrne to adopt his model and in conjunction with Limerick Pride sought to create an event that would be a loving tribute to Dolores and the music of The Cranberries.
Initially planned as an intimate gig in Dolan’s upstairs venue the event was quickly moved to the warehouse and sold-out in less than four hours, with fans from near and far desperate to pay their respects to the memory of Dolores. The sell-out ensures that crucial funds have been raised for two vitally important local resources; Adapt House which supports victims of domestic abuse; and Limerick Mental Health (Noel Hogan suggested the mental health organisation as he believed it would be the type of organisation that would be close to Dolores’ heart).
Speaking ahead of the event Langford had this to say “After her tragic and untimely death, I among many others were in no doubt that we wanted to make sure a tribute happened here in Dolores' home town and it had to be done right, so I reached out to artists from all over the country to make sure this gig happened. I admired Dolores greatly as she was very true to herself, growing up & developing as a singer she was probably more of an unconscious role-model whose true impact on me only really hit home when processing the news of her passing.”
On the night over twenty artists including the likes of Gráinne Hunt, Niamh Farrell (from Ham Sandwich) and The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra will perform unique renditions of some of the world's favourite Cranberries’ songs. There will also be contributions from a number of fan groups some of whom have travelled from Italy, Spain and the US to be there. The night will culminate with performances of some of the band's chart topping anthems, with Shane Wixted’s carefully chosen house band fronted by leading female vocalists from Limerick and beyond.
The night will be a celebration of diversity, women, the LGBTQ community and Irish music at its very best and whilst it is a sellout some tickets maybe available from those who purchased tickets they can’t use, details of which are available here.