Playwright Billy reunited with his old red guitar

By Maria Pepper

Billy Roche and his red guitar.
Billy Roche and his red guitar.

The writer and playwright Billy Roche is returning temporarily to his original career as a musician by embarking on the Red Guitar Tour which will stop off at Wexford Arts Centre on Friday, July 21, at 8.30 p.m.

Billy, pictured right, a former member of the Roach Band, will be joined by another ex-band member Mike Odlum on bass and keyboards and the legendary drummer/percussionist Pete McCamley for a special brand of psychedelic folk.

The tour has been named after Billy's beloved red guitar which went on many adventures with him, from the concert halls and colleges of Ireland to the folk clubs of London. All the Roach Band songs were written on the guitar, including the Shamrock Shuffle and Italy.

He sold it many years ago and bought his present guitar, a Yamaha. He was sorry to say farewell to it but times were hard and two guitars was a luxury he couldn't afford.

Almost 35 years later, Matthew O'Brien of Corner Boy informed Billy that he had the precious red guitar and wondered if he would like it back.

'Long story short, I said yes and we have been united again. Songs spilled out of me when I took her in my arms again and these are the songs I will be singing in Wexford Arts Centre,' said Billy.

'I will be joined by the wonderful multi-instrumentalist Mike Odlum and the amazing Pete McCamley. Both men sing like angels - fallen angels!', he added.

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