Hamilton IV, Irish group performs in Georgiana

Published 5:45 pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A feast of good southern food, fellowship and fine performances of gospel music is promised later this month in Georgiana.

The Hank Williams Fan Club is hosting a Gospel Concert and Supper at the Georgiana Nutrition Center kicking off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28.

Attendees are simply asked to bring a covered dish and come join the fun, said Mary Wallace, fan club president.

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Colin Elliot, a singer from Northern Ireland who has toured Alabama previously with the “International Ambassador of Country Music,” longtime Grand Ole Opry performer George Hamilton IV, will be returning play at the senior center with Hamilton.

“This time, Colin is bringing his band, Live Issue, along with him. They are often considered Ireland’s most popular Gospel group – very talented, very down to earth and they do love the Lord,” said Wallace.

Live Issue were named “Artists of the Year'” for 2007 and 2008 by New Christian Music in the Country Gospel category.

The group also recorded a live album with Hamilton which went to number one in the New Christian music European charts. LIve Issue has also produced a “duets” album with Hamilton and well-known country stars like Connie Smith, Ricky Scaggs and Marty Stuart.

“Colin is such a talented and dear young man who has performed for us at the senior center with George during their previous tour. What a treat it will be to hear his entire band play in Georgiana for us,” Wallace said.

“And of course, George is a wonderful friend, great talent and a true country gentleman. We always enjoy having him here in Butler County.”

Hamilton has appeared on television in everything from American Bandstand to the Grand Ole Opry, and has performed in concerts around the world.

Local favorites, The Burning Bush Family, will also be performing at the center on July 28.

“We want everyone to come on out and bring their favorite dish and enjoy all the wonderful music, fellowship and good food we will have that night,” Wallace said.