The Overtones are excited for Belfast return

The Overtones’ Timmy Matley has spoken of the band’s excitement for their return to Belfast.

Saturday, 15th February 2014, 2:30 pm
The Overtones, including Timmy Matley (left), will perform in Belfast next week.
The Overtones, including Timmy Matley (left), will perform in Belfast next week.

The band will be in the city next week when they perform at the Ulster Hall on Wednesday February 19.

Speaking to the Star recently, Irishman Timmy said: “I’m really excited. We’ve never actually done that venue.

“We always have a great time in Northern Ireland. We always appreciate the Irish crowd. We are working really hard getting the show together, so for one night people can forget their worries and concerns and have a great night.”

The change of venue brings with it a new excitement for the five piece band, as they follow in the footsteps of the likes of AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

Timmy commented: “I’ve checked it out online and it’s a beautiful venue; it’s a historic old building. You can tell through the history there have been some amazing acts who have played there and I’m thrilled to be on that list.

“We have some songs we haven’t performed yet, like Do You Love Me and Shake a Tail Feather which will come alive on stage, especially in a venue like that.”

With three albums under their belt, The Overtones bring their latest music from ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ on the road for the first time, so what else can fans expect?

“We can’t perform every song, we’re at a stage where we try to cherry pick the best off each album. We work hard as a group to pick the best songs.

“We like to get the crowd going and get them up and then have a little bit of romance. I’ve been to so many concerts and seen artists like Michael Buble and Beyonce, who give the show a real flow, with a higher momentum and then they slow things down, before picking it back up again.

“We’re also getting the moves down and we’ve still got to choreograph six numbers and get everything tight. That’s part of the Overtones show, people expect a nice slick performance. There’s lots of performing in front of the mirror and saying ‘now does that finger click look better at a 45 degree angle or a 90 degree angle!’”

The latest tour kicks of in Timmy’s hometown of Cork, something he is delighted about.

“We kick the Irish side of the tour off in my hometown Cork. My family will be there, my nanny and my mam.

“That show sold out, which is amazing. To feel the love from where you’re from and to be appreciated for what we do is incredible. To bring the show home on the first night, I am absolutely thrilled.

“It’s lovely to feel that home support. A piece of my heart has always remained at home. All my family are back there so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. My nanny just loves it, you know what Irish nanny’s are like! I’m the only boy and my mum thinks I’m still 17, the same as I was when I left.”

Original songs are also a staple feature of The Overtones work, something the guys are very proud of.

“We’ve got a great song called Superstar which is for our female fans who maybe read a magazine and don’t feel skinny enough, or tall enough, or beautiful enough and we’re saying ‘You’re grand the way you are’.

“It’s important to us the album has great originals. No matter what, people still refer back to the music. I’m proud to be part of a group like The Overtones. We work really hard and are just about to be certified Gold, which means we’ve sold over 100,000 copies, the album went top 5. There is lots to be proud of and thankful for.

“We have a lot to thank our fans for, we’re very lucky,” Timmy added.

The boys will also head to Europe once again following their UK and Ireland tour.

“This time round we have released in Europe as well. We performed in front of the Brandenburg Gate to over a million people.”

The boys are back from a long holiday and are looking forward to getting back on the road. They also have lots of TV shows planned in the near future and will be singing to the ‘Mammy’s’ who follow them around Mother’s Day.

They also hope to head back into the studio this summer to begin work on their fourth album.

Timmy concluded: “As always I’m looking forward to coming back to Belfast. We always have a great night and the fans are lots of fun. I want to thank you all for your support.

“Make sure you dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for a great night.”

Tickets for the show are available from the Ulster Hall & Waterfront Box Office: Tel. 028 90 334455 or book online at: www.waterfront.co.uk