Muff Man, Luke McLaughlin

18-Year-Old Luke McLaughlin, from Muff has had a rollercoaster ride with his Sixties influenced band The Turning which operates out of West London.

They have toured with The Strypes and Steve Cradock. They have played all over the UK in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds as well as at the Kent Hop Farm where Bob Dylan played.

They’ve played all over Europe too in places like the Rivoli Gallery in Paris (where they appeared on French TV) and in Lanzarote, which they call their Hamburg – harking back to the days when The Beatles cut their teeth there.

Beatles Fan

Now, Luke, a huge Beatles fan has returned home to appear in Ireland’s only annual festival of Beatles music, the BeatlesFest on the Lough in Moville this weekend.

He made his first appearance last year where he made a big impression on Tony Bramwell, the Beatles road manager and talent scout, who saw every gig The Beatles ever played.

Tony discovered James Taylor for the Beatles Record label Apple and later discovered Eva Cassidy. He then went on to head up Polydor Records, one of the world’s major record labels and his own place in the US rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Luke will be a major part of the festival this year in Moville and Tony Bramwell will have another chance to spot, and discover another burgeoning talent.

Beatles Influence

Said Luke “It’ll be great to be back home again and I’m really looking forward to playing the BeatlesFest. The Beatles are big influences on my band The Turning”.

Said Tony Bramwell “I was very impressed with his playing last year and I’m looking forward to seeing him play again and to see what sort of progressions he has made”.

Luke will be appearing at the Caiseal Mara and Annie’s Bar during the festival.

Said festival organiser, Gerry McLaughlin “It looks like, perhaps, the best line-up at the festival we have had. If you love The Beatles music and missed the Sixties, Moville is the place to be this weekend”.