Rock band The Riptide Movement will play a benefit concert in Dublin next month in aid of Focus Ireland.
The performance, which will take place at Workman’s in Dublin on September 10th, will raise important funds for people affected by homelessness.
The Dublin band was formed in 2006 by songwriter and vocalist Malachy Tuohy, guitarist John Dalton, bassist and harmonica player Gerry McGarry and drummer Gar Byrne.
The band’s lead singer Mal Tuohy said The Riptide Movement was happy to be a part of this gig as homelessness is an issue “close to our hearts”.
“Focus Ireland is doing a great job and we are doing our best to support them whenever we can. The last campaign we played for Focus was the ‘Station Sessions’ in December 2020,” he said.
“It was in Grafton Street and Temple Bar that we first had our band experiences. We used to be regular buskers there, and through busking we really got to know a lot of the people who were homeless and living on the streets at that time; and we got to hear their stories.”
He said that the problem of homelessness has “informed” the band’s music over the years and that the crisis seems to be “getting worse and worse every year”.
Mr Tuohy said he himself and artist Davie Furey had written a song about the homelessness crisis entitled You Don’t See Me More and plan to release it as a charity single later in the year.
“We released a music video for a song called ‘All I Ever Wanted’ a few years ago and that video was based on a guy who lost his wife to an illness, he was absolutely heartbroken and his world crashed and he died on the streets of Dublin,” he said.
“The one thing that has always stood out to me from all the people we have met from that time is that homelessness can happen to anyone.
“Everyone has their story, it just takes a knock at the wrong time or a chain of unfortunate events for it to unfold and it can be enough to throw you over the edge, you can lose it all and I think that problem is really been exacerbated Now that housing is scarce and the cost of living is spreading around the world, it can happen to any of us.”
The Riptide Movement Rock Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland takes place on September 10th at the Workman’s Club in Dublin and tickets are on sale now.
https://www.independent.ie/news/riptide-movement-to-play-rock-against-homelessness-gig-in-dublin-next-month-in-aid-of-focus-ireland-41913853.html Riptide Movement are playing Rock Against Homelessness in Dublin next month in aid of Focus Ireland