Tribute to Diamond is a gem

PETER Byrne will bring his Forever Diamond tribute to the music of Neil Diamond, to St Johns Park Bowling Club this Friday night.

The show features more than 40 years of hits, selected from albums including Hot August Night, Love At The Greek, Beautiful Noise and The Jazz Singer.

You can expect to hear renditions of Diamond favourites Cracklin' Rosie, Solitary Man, Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue and You Don't Bring Me Flowers.

Byrne started his career in the pubs of his native Dublin, Ireland. His first break came as a support act for the Fureys.

It was while singing folk music and Neil Diamond songs at Kitty O'Sheas in Sydney that Byrne was first approached to assume the role of Diamond for a show called Idolz In Concert.

The gig sent his creative juices into overdrive and after a month of research and planning, Forever Diamond was born.

Over the years he has appeared on various television programs, including Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton and The Midday Show with Kerri-Anne Kennerley.

A highlight of Byrne's time performing as Diamond came when he decided to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of the performer's Hot August Night album.

To make the occasion truly special, Byrne organised a 40-piece orchestra backing.

The 4000-strong audience at the Sydney Convention Centre gave him a standing ovation.

Since that time, the Hot August Night tribute has been performed by Byrne each August on stages around the world.

Tickets for Byrne's local performance cost $5 for club members and $8 for their guests.

Showtime is 8.30pm.

St Johns Park Bowling Club is in Edensor Road, St Johns Park.

Details: 9610 3666.

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