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Saturday 22 September 2018

Shawn's historic gig is a big hit with music fans

Shaun Ma performing in the Red Elephant
Shaun Ma performing in the Red Elephant

Brendan Keane

The Red Elephant restaurant in Wexford town provided the venue for a history-making gig when it played host to a performance by Chinese guitarist and vocalist, Shawn Ma.

The gig, at which he was accompanied by pianist, Declan Cosgrove, was the first time Mr Ma had performed a full performance outside of his native country.

Now based in Wexford where he teaches guitar and vocals, Mr Ma is a formidable performer and the gig featured an eclectic set of well-known songs in a variety of styles from pop and blues to jazz.

Some of the songs were performed in English while others were in Chinese and one of the standout performances of the night was an amazing rendition of the legendary, 'My Way'.

Known for being one of the world's finest exponents of jazz and blues guitar Mr Ma studied at the Shenyang Music Conservatory and has a bachelors degree.

The performance received a great response from the sell-out crowd and the fact Mr Ma was accompanied by one of the county's most talented pianists added greatly to the enjoyment on the night.

Wexford People

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