Keith Donald’s one man show NewBliss, John Field Room @ NCH on 28 February

Keith Donald’s one-man show NewBliss will be performed in the John Field Room in National Concert Hall, Dublin at 8pm on Tuesday 28 February, 2017.

NewBliss is more than a play, it’s a musical memoir, with 5 instruments, 10 songs and 900 lines of verse. NewBliss tells the story of Keith’s journey from a troubled and talented child growing up in Belfast to a masterful musician in Ireland, Europe and beyond. It is an insight into the life of a musician, from pit orchestra gigs to pay the bills, all the way through to sold out stadium tours.

For more than thirty years Keith’s successful musical career was blighted by addiction. Twenty years after getting sober, Keith sat down and wrote NewBliss, a one-man play which is an unflinching and emotional look back at his life and his desperate battle with alcoholism. It combines Keith’s words, verse and music to tell the story of his journey from addiction to redemption.

With brutal honesty and humour, in music as well as words, he tells us about the mistakes he made, the hearts he broke, the huge successes and moments of light, the promises he couldn’t keep and the loss of friends and colleagues on the way. Finally, he reveals how he eventually found redemption. It’s a raw, heart-breaking and at times blackly comic story, told first hand by its survivor.

Keith Donald is a renowned saxophone and clarinet player who is most well-known as a founding member of Moving Hearts. In a career that has spanned over fifty years Keith has played on over eighty albums and worked with artists including Van Morrison, Mary Coughlan, Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore, Don Baker, Louis Stewart, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, Barney Kessel, Vusi Mahlasela, Mary Black, Tom Robinson, Fiachra Trench, Noel Kelehan, and dozens of others in many genres.

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