Mayo Manchester stages virtual Concert for Mayo Day

Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business Group have created a special virtual one hour concert which features 500 singers, musicians, dancers and spoken word artists from Mayo and Manchester who will be screened online from 5pm to 6pm around the globe to mark this years 6th worldwide Mayo Day on Saturday 2 May. The concert will be shown live on the Mayo Manchester facebook page from 5pm (UK) time, whilst the concert is free to watch, the group will be asking people if they could make a donation to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. The charity has lost a lot of its funding due to the covid-19 and the closing of all their shops and fundraising activities. To donate to charity just visit their facebook page and click on donate https://www.facebook.com/mayoroscommonhospice

Tony Hennigan the CEO of the group and director of the award winning Mayo Manchester Tradfest commented "This years Mayo Day will be a very strange one for us all around the world with us all at home staying safe. So we decided to stage the world's biggest Mayo Day concert virtually to cheer everyone up and to showcase the exceptional Mayo talent that we have around the world. I have been lucky enough to film some of that talent in the concerts that I have organised or the festivals and events that I have helped promote. It features performers from Mayo and Manchester and around the globe who have a connection or a love of our Great County but were not necessarily born there."

The screening will be in two halves with a break in between long enough to top up your pint of Guinness, Glass of wine or a strong cup of tea. It begins with #Sing4Mayo which will feature a whole host of singers and choirs from 5pm to 5.20 from shows like the Heroes from Hospice, The Ballina Proms, The Crossmolina Festival, The Salmon Festival and The Mayo Manchester Tradfest and Young, Gifted and Green. The second half which entitled #perform4mayo gets underway at 5.30pm and features performers with a Mayo connection celebrating #MayoDay by performing virtually to mark the 2020 global celebration. Watch out for virtual visits around Mayo and the UK and performances from the likes of Lord of the Dance - James Keegan, The Keegan Academy of Irish Dance, Young, Gifted and Green, Matt Molloy of the Chieftains, Mike McGoldrick, Mayo Manchester Tradfest stars; Joe Keegan, Sina Theil, Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Foxford Brass and Reed Band, Admiral Brown CCE, Stephen Doherty, David Doocey, Centre Stage Vocal Academy, Billowwood, Atlantic Rhythm, Turley Duggan Irish Dance Academy, Grace Kennedy Irish Dance School, Reel Rhythm Dancers, Marian Waldron, Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club and a host of special guests.

The event will be part of Mayo County Council's Mayo.ie 'Mayo Day Celebrations' which this year has been changed from a flagship event to wear people are being asked to celebrate the occasion with their families in the safe environs of their homes and gardens.

This year, Mayo Day will take place solely online, with live streams and content on www.mayo.ie and Mayo.ie’s social media channels.

There will be Mayo Day music and entertainment like previous years’ events, but this time www.mayo.ie will be the stage for Mayo Day Live – Global Voices, featuring joyous performances from artists such as Lisa Canny, Cathal Gavin and Stuart Moyles coming to you live from their homes.

Mayo Day Live – Global Voices, presented by Liam Horan and Louise Duffy, will also feature interviews from Mayo people in communities in New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Malaysia, Dubai, and Sydney and closer to home, from Mayo Associations in Galway, Dublin and Manchester.

As part of a special campaign ‘A minute for Mayo’ messages from national and international leaders and familiar Mayo faces will grace the screen with messages of hope and solidarity on this special Mayo Day of 2020.

Since we cannot enjoy the spectacle of Mayo GAA performing in MacHale Park for another while yet, two familiar faces from the Mayo team will perform their skills live in your home with an exclusive Mayo Day skills session which will air on the Mayo.ie Facebook page at 11 a.m.

The organisers ask all budding footballers to wear their colours and tag us in videos of their best attempts at replicating their heroes’ skills – the winning entry will receive a signed Mayo Day jersey!

A spokesperson for the council said: “Although, at this time, we cannot visit the incredible parts of this county, we want to highlight our many beautiful places with a collection of the most-loved images of Co. Mayo shared on our social media channels – to remind us all of how lucky we are to have so much on our doorsteps and we can look forward to enjoying when we can travel again.

“Every year Mayo Day places a spotlight on our indigenous craft and food companies at our flagship event. This year we will ‘Support Local’ with an online marketplace on www.mayo.ie linking to companies who have online stores and are open for business during this time.

“#HometoMayo is a competition for you to win two flights home to Mayo from anywhere around the world for someone you love or for yourself in better days ahead. To win, we want to see your ‘Mayo Moment’, a special moment of what Mayo means to you or during the current period of restriction - photos and videos from your home with your family, your pets, your garden, your newly sowed raised beds – all of these are moments that are part of a very unusual time in our lives. By sharing them with us you could share an even more special moment in 2021 with a loved one who is currently living abroad.”

The next instalment of the Mayo Day video ‘Our People, Our Place, Our Day’, that went viral around the world in 2017, will be released on Wednesday, just in time for #MayoDay2020.

“Mayo Day is all about wearing your green and red with pride, no matter where you reside in the globe. This year will be no different. We ask you to wear and fly the colours as emblems of connection with one another. We hope that you will place your flags in your windows, in your gardens, or tie red and green ribbons or scarves around your trees to show that we stand with our front-line workers from Mayo who are working so hard and giving up so much to fight the virus,” added the spokesperson.