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Al Porter, take a bow!

Monday, 19th June, 2017 11:04am

Al Porter made his big debut at Live at the Marquee and the crowd in attendance could not have imagined the fantastic night that was in store.
Al’s house band, Sugar Cube, were on hand for the night and they performed songs across all genres while a new member was put in the spotlight early on by Porter with some very funny one liners.
Eric Lalor was up first and he gave 20 minutes of non-stop howlers. Many of his gags were to do with the fact he plays a part in Irish soap Fair City. Whether or not you were familiar with his character meant nothing as his jokes were quite good and he had the crowd in tears before Al arrived on stage at 9pm.
Al started off with a song, getting many on their feet, and with that he was off to a flyer. Two unlucky security staff were the butt of his jokes, pardon the pun, and the pair at front of stage could do nothing but sit back and take it, with the crowd loving every moment! 
Value for money was definitely on offer for all of Al's fans and he made it a very local gig as he touched on our own Crystal Swing and his journeys to Cork from Dublin on the train.
One big mention must go to 84 year old Nana Pat from Gurranabraher. She was his official movie reviewer for his radio show a few weeks back and she got a rapturous round of applause when he mentioned her.
The end of the show came in the form Al's own rendition of Smokie Alice, where he substituted in Jesus for Alice and he praised Cork for singing the response as he has never had anyone sing back before he finished with some classic songs including Abba among others.

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