Michael helps boost tourism with 'Beyond Celtic' show success
WEXFORD man Michael Londra's star on the rise across the United States and he is hoping to use his success to boost tourism in his native town.
His show 'Beyond Celtic' is currently reaching a huge amount of households on TV in the US, while Michael is now beginning his 50 date tour, which sees him travel from west to east across the country. beginning with a threeweek residency in downtown San Francisco.
' The show features Trad legends Frankie Gavin and De Dannan, Sephira, an amazing girl group from Monaghan, Owen Barrington, World Champion Irish Dancer, and a 21 piece orchestra and choir,' said Michael.
'Beyond Celtic', the TV special, was co-produced by Michael's own production company, CELT Productions, with Mindfox Productions.
The tour based on the show begins in eight weeks time with 50 dates booked nationally in venues of 700 to 3,000 seats beginning with a three week residency in downtown San Francisco in December and finishing in May 2012, when Michael will host a trip to Ireland as part of a package for Colette Vacations.
'I really wanted to get American tourists back to Wexford so when I was approached to do this, I said I would only be involved if I got to design the itinerary. We will spend two nights in Wexford and I plan on a concert in town when I am there,' he said.
A t every date on his upcoming tour Visit Wexford brochures will be also distributed with his merchandise. 'I talk about Wexford during most of my show anyway so I thought if the public brought home a brochure they would perhaps think about us for a vacation,' said Michael.
'I can't think of a better place to come for a holiday. I come home all the time but I may just be a little biased.
' This is the first Opera Festival I will miss in many years but I cannot complain about being this busy. I will however try to get another few days at home before December. I miss my family and friends too much and can't go too long without a pint in Simon Lambert's!' he said.