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Greene turns Cork red

Monday, 25th June, 2018 3:31pm

Live at the Marquee always brings a great atmosphere to Cork each summer but, Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra with Gemma Sugrue brought it to new heights over two nights this weekend.

I was at the Saturday night gig and was really looking forward to this one. It’s strange to think that dance music accompanied with a live orchestra and love vocals would work so well.

Having sold out Friday night, Saturday night was almost full I would think.

Jenny, on her own really, had everyone dancing and enjoying the build up to the entrance of the orchestra during her warm up set from 8-9pm. Earlier, Jay Hartigan was on from 7-8pm to kick the night off. 

Songs including Faithless’ ‘Insomnia’ and Urban Cookie Collective’s ‘The Key, The Secret’ from way back in 1994 had people on a journey of musical memories for over two hours.

One highlight was when two members of the orchestra were dancing along to ‘Insomia’ with a huge Cork flag held high to rapturous roars from the Cork fans, some of whom had come straight from Cork's Munster Final in the neighbouring Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Jenny Greene herself donned a Cork jersey towards the end, while singer Gemma Sugrue was thrown a red and white traditional wool headband from the crowd and she duly responded by putting it on , even though she is a Kerry native!

The security, Marquee staff, gardaí, and all the event staff were in great form, everyone got in quickly to enjoy the sun-soaked Marquee atmosphere.

Truly, a great night of music was had by all!

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