Ever since the day he mesmerised the audience at his local school concert singing Don McLean’s “American Pie”, Marc Roberts was destined for stardom. Now, the Crossmolina native is set to join Ragús as Mayo’s top trad group return to the Royal Theatre to celebrate their tenth anniversary in style with their final show on a whirlwind world tour. Marc Roberts was bitten by the showbiz bug after being chosen to represent Ireland on the international stage, singing in the Eurovision Song Contest before 300 million TV viewers at the Point Theatre in 1997.
“Marc is a very talented musician and singer and we’re thrilled that he will be joining Ragús for this spectacular show at the weekend. Marc has a massive following in the west and having performed on such shows as Richard & Judy, Open House, The Late Late Show and the Kelly Show in recent times he is right up there will the top musicians, songwriters and singers in this country,” stated Ragús founder and fellow north Mayo native Fergal Ó Murchú.
Since the glory days of Eurovision, Marc has been carving out a lifestyle as a live performer, singer/songwriter and even finds time to host a popular Saturday afternoon radio show on Galway Bay FM. “I have a very busy schedule at present but when Fergal invited me to join Ragús for their homecoming concert I dropped everything,” Roberts stated. “Ragús are an outstanding band, full of energy and passion and their live show this weekend is a must for all music lovers,” Roberts said.
In recent times, Marc has also become a mentor to his showbiz pal Daniel O’Donnell, guiding and encouraging the superstar to become a songwriter. The Crossmolina native has also worked with Brian Kennedy and Nashville legend Rodney Crowell. Apart from Marc Roberts, several world-renowned musicians and singers including Eimear Quinn, Fergal Scahill, Seamus Brett and Monto will all be joining Fergal Ó Murchú and Ragús this weekend in Castlebar as they celebrate the band’s success at home and abroad. This special show celebrating the success of Ragús on the international stage on November 8 will surly give you shivers down your spine. Tickets for the Ragús show in Castlebar are on sale at all ticketmaster outlets nationwide, www.ticketmaster.ie or from the Royal Theatre box office at 0818 300000. www.ragus.ie