One of the greats of the Irish popular music industry, Irish blues rock legend Rob Strong, is returning to Drogheda this Saturday, 12th October, for a gig in Odd Mollies at the top of Peter Street.
Rob is now 72 and this year he celebrates an amazing 55 years on the road.
Back in the 1960s the Abbey Ballroom and The Abbey Cinema were the focal point of social life in Drogheda until a fire destroyed most of the complex in 1969.
Rob is one of the many great musicians to have played there with his band The Plattermen.
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Rob is rated as one of Europe's finest blues/rock and soul singers and he regularly travels to Sweden, Denmark and Germany. He has a strong fan base in Europe and more in the USA and is a huge favourite at the Cork Jazz Festival.
Fifty five years on the road and Rob is still gigging and can still hold his own with the best of them. He is the father of singer/actor Andrew Strong who shot to fame in the 1991 film the Commitments.
The band is managed by Paul Holland who is originally from Drogheda. Here's some old footage of Rob plaing alongside members of the Dubliners including Drogheda legend Eamonn Campbell: