Blindness no bar to talent as musical pair set for TV stardom

Trevor Gibb and guide dog Oscar. INPT0616-427
Trevor Gibb and guide dog Oscar. INPT0616-427

Two Ulster musicians who are both registered blind are to appear on the UTV Life show this evening.

Richhill man Trevor Gibb and Portadown student James Cunningham will be featured playing Fly Me to the Moon and Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the Europa Hotel, Belfast.

Portadown College deputy head boy James Cunningham, who is registered blind, with his guide dog Bart.

Portadown College deputy head boy James Cunningham, who is registered blind, with his guide dog Bart.

Mr Gibb will be on the flugelhorn and Mr Cunningham on the baby grand piano – and lying quietly at their feet will be their guide dogs Oscar and Bart.

Mr Gibb, who turns 60 on Sunday, and Mr Cunningham, who is in his first year of a music degree at Queen’s University Belfast, met just before the Guide Dogs for the Blind NI 30th anniversary celebrations last year.

Since then the pair have bonded over a love of music, with Trevor asking James to play at a concert in Richhill featuring Philomena Begley.

UTV Life begins at 10.40pm.