Carlow at American music event
This article sent in by Mick
Purcell Sept 05
A talented young singer/song-writer has been
chosen to represent Carlow in a forth-coming musical extravaganza in
Eric Butler, from Pollerton Little, will play at
the Octoberfest Festival in Tempe, Arizona, next month.
He was the recipient of the Joe T Ford award from
Carlow County Heritage Society for his promotion of the county's ties with
the Arizona city.
He will now go on to represent the county at the
major musical event in America when he flies out on September, 29, for a
ten day visit.
Eric is classically trained on piano and played
with bands like Phobia and the Cracked Bucket.
The Arizona appearance is not the first time that
Eric has performed abroad as he has also been to China with the band,
Anamcara. During his state-side trip, he will also get a chance to visit
New York City.
He is the son of Derek and Mary Butler, also from
Pollerton Little. As a singer/song-writer, he has been performing solo for
the last number of years, when local fans could catch his gigs in the
Carlovian and Cosmo Browne's.
The Joe T Ford Award is given to Carlow people
for their work to promote heritage and culture, and is given by the Carlow
The award was originally set up in 1990 and is
named in honour of the American businessman whose family originally came
Previous recipients of the award include Gala
Hutton, Garda Peter McConnon, Kevin Lacey, John Comerford and Liam Kelly.
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