Award winning singer/songwriter, Tokyo Rosenthal, will be honored by Ireland's The Gathering Clare on May 10th in Killaloe, County Clare, for writing and recording "Killaloe". Rosenthal wrote and recorded the tune about the town that his Aunt and Uncle called home in the late 70's and early 80's. Tokyo returned there this past September for a live performance and that inspired the song which appears on his latest CD, "Tokyo's Fifth".
"Killaloe" made its international radio debut on January 5th earlier this year on Clare FM Radio. The album subsequently hit number 4 on the Euro Americana Chart, Tokyo's highest position to date on that chart. The ceremony will take place at The Anchor Inn in Killaloe at 4pm. Tokyo will also play a free solo concert immediately following the ceremony, also at The Anchor Inn. This will kick off a two week Ireland/UK tour for Rosenthal, his sixth such tour.
"My Aunt and Uncle could never have imagined that I'd be receiving this honor in 2013 or any time for that matter, I'm overwhelmed!", said Rosenthal. "Killaloe and County Clare are some of my favorite parts of the world. I'm glad I could further immortalize this gem of people and land in a song. I thank everyone at The Gathering Clare, Clare FM, The Anchor Inn, and "the locals" for all the support and opening up their arms to me. Seeya all soon."
Speaking of Tokyo's upcoming visit to County Clare in May, Monica Meehan, The Gathering coordinator for County Clare said,"2013 is a special year for Ireland: it is the year of The Gathering and there is no better place to be than County Clare. The Gathering Clare 2013 Steering Group has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote The County and to support festival and event organizers throughout the year and extends a warm welcome to all. The Group is delighted to welcome back Tokyo Rosenthal to Killaloe. To mark his visit, the Mayor of Clare, Councillor Pat Daly, will pay tribute to Tokyo for his song
'Killaloe' at this upcoming civic event."
On the recording, Tokyo sang, played guitar, and handled percussion. He was joined on the track by Chatham County Line's John Teer on fiddle and Chris Stamey of the dB's on bass. Rosenthal records on the Rock & Sock Records label.
Rosenthal will be performing two other concerts in Ireland(Galway and Kildare) before heading to Scotland and England. His full tour schedule is available at www.tokyorosenthal.com .