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The Stunning’s reputation as a live band has gone from strength to strength in recent years and, as well as headlining numerous festivals all over the country, the band were called upon to close the show at Féile in Semple Stadium in Thurles both this year and last year. After a long hiatus from releasing new material, in 2017 the Stunning proved that they hadn’t lost the knack for writing hits: the single ‘Brighten Up My Life’ was one of the most played Irish songs on the radio that summer. They followed this with the release of  ‘Twice Around The World’ - the first album by the band since 1994, it went straight to Number 1 upon its release in March 2018.  Rave reviews and the fact that it contains some of the bands biggest hits (Everything that Rises, Heads Are Gonna Roll, She’s on My Mind & Mr.Ginger) along with Brighten Up My Life helped it on its way to the top of the charts. 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Stunning’s classic debut album, Paradise in the Picturehouse. This album, featuring hits such as Brewing Up a Storm, Half Past Two, Got to Get Away and Romeo’s on Fire, stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks upon it’s release in 1990 and catapulted the band to fame. For the first time in almost 30 years, Paradise in the Picturehouse will be available on vinyl from December of this year from the band’s website thestunning.net In between ‘Stunning’ duties the band members have their fingers in many pies. Lead singer Steve Wall’s acting career is really taking off. Following his lead role performance in My Foolish Heart a feature film based on the final days of legendary trumpet player Chet Baker, he’s recently filmed a new sci-fi series with Ridley Scott, completed an episode of Tin Star with Tim Roth and is currently filming The South Westerlies, a new drama series for RTE due out next year. Guitarist Derek Murray tours with comedian Tommy Tiernan. Keyboards and trumpet player Jim Higgins is a well-known musician on the trad scene and has become a stalwart in Christy Moore’s band. Drummer Cormac Dunne plays with everybody west of the Shannon, sometimes twice a day! Joe Wall has been involved with the Music College BIMM Dublin since it opened in 2011. In his spare time he writes and records (and hatches plans for future Stunning ventures). “The band are looking forward to returning to the Set Theatre in Kilkenny –the atmosphere and the reaction has always been amazing. The Kilkenny crowd know how to let their hair down!” –Joe Wall

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