Birmingham musician Rich McMahon to be remembered in special concert


Rich McMahon

Rich McMahon

Much respected Birmingham singer-songwriter and musician Rich McMahon is to be remembered in a special concert being held by Kings Heath Walk of Fame this month.

The concert, which takes place at Fletcher’s Bar in Kings Heath on Sunday April 10, will also raise much-needed funds for Digbeth-based homeless charity Sifa Fireside.

Beyond Borders is a vibrant music show, originally devised by County Wicklow native Rich, who was a regular compere and performer at King’s Heath Walk of Fame events until his untimely death in 2015.

A former frontman for popular Birmingham Irish band The Father Teds, Rich died in June last year, aged just 42.

He released his first album Rest Awhile in the late nineties and in 2007 he released The Sky Is Getting Higher and scored the music for the soundtrack to Veiled Existence, an independent film,that premiered at the Cannes Festival.

He released three further albums – Last Orders at the Journey’s End, Live At Croc an Oir and in 2015 his final album Songs of Exile, Love and Dissent.

The Kings Heath will feature songs from a range of eras and styles, including classics by the likes of The Beatles, Cat Stevens, The Kinks, Crowded House and many more.

Performers will also be showcasing original material at the event, which runs from 3-6pm.

Performers on the day will include Alex Vann, Pete Kelly, Andy Thomas and Grande Valise.

There will also be a special guest set from The Dissenters – a band whose members are clients of Sifa Fireside, who Rich worked with over a number of years.

Bob Prew, of Kings Heath Walk of Fame, who is organising the event with Ken Whittaker, said: “Music and arts play an important role in helping people to develop confidence and shared goals and to have something to look forward to at a difficult time in their lives.

“The audience is in for a real treat with the variety and quality of musicianship that will be on display.”

Funds raised will go towards the services Sifa Fireside provides at its daily drop-in centre in Birmingham, where an average 130 people attend daily.

It offers homeless and vulnerably-housed adults practical support such as food, clothes and emergency accommodation advice – as well as longer-term support such as counselling, basic skills classes, help to find work and settled accommodation, leading to a more stable lifestyle.

Bob added: “We’re really pleased to be able to support this local charity especially because of its link with Rich and we know that our regulars will enjoy the music and line-up that we have planned for the day.”

Kings Heaths Walk of Fame is a charity established by local residents Bob and Ken, that aims to celebrate King’s Heath’s musical, comedy and sporting heritage.

It organises an annual Beatles’ Fest to commemorate the group’s Birmingham debut at the old Ritz Ballroom, an event which used to be compered by Rich.

Advance tickets for the concert cost £4 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £4.40 from Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.