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Star returns to the Broadway in Barking

PUBLISHED: 13:04 10 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:11 11 August 2010

ONE OF Ireland s best known accordionists and singers is bringing his smooth sounds to Barking. Sean Wilson will be performing at the Broadway Theatre on March 15.    The popular musician, who is known for his warm voice and sing-along country-style balla

ONE OF Ireland's best known accordionists and singers is bringing his smooth sounds to Barking.

Sean Wilson will be performing at the Broadway Theatre on March 15.

The popular musician, who is known for his warm voice and sing-along country-style ballads, has a long and successful career behind him.

It all began at the age of ten, when his father bought him his very first accordion.

Sean, who hails from Northern Ireland, told the POST: "After a few lessons from a local teacher I joined our family band. We'd tour around the area, playing and singing at various ceilidhs whenever we could."

"My siblings eventually stopped performing, but I loved it so much I carried on by myself. After leaving school I made a living by repairing sewing machines, but continued playing gigs in the evenings."

In 1989 Sean was taken on by a record company and released his first album. It did so well, both in Ireland and in the UK, he was able to leave his sewing machine days behind him and become a full time musician.

Sean has since recorded a whopping 26 albums and now plays venues across the globe.

He has fans as far afield as America and Australia and even manages to fit in a few weeks a year performing on cruise ships in the Caribbean.

"I've been doing the cruise ships for the past 13 years. As you can imagine it's a pretty nice environment to work in! And I can bring my family with me, which is great."

Sean, who splits his time between England and his rural home in County Derry, says he's looking forward to playing in Barking.

"I performed there a couple of years ago to a packed house. It was a great night - they were a fantastic crowd."

Speaking about the upcoming show, he said: "I'll be playing a lot of my older stuff. That's what my audiences usually want to hear. They know all the words and like to sing-along."

Tickets cost £17.50 and £15.50 for concessions. The concert starts at 8pm. Call the box office on (020) 8507 5607.


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