Saxophonist to entertain at New Year’s Domino Drop

Published 10:30 am Monday, December 30, 2013


Andalusia area residents can enjoy music from a man who plays the saxophone a lot like Kenny G as they await the domino drop, fireworks, and the arrival of 2014.

Tourism and Relocation Committee chairman Jewel Curry said Eirinn Abu will perform on the square from 10:30 p.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve.

“We want people to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the music,” Curry said. “We will be serving hot cocoa and apple cider in a family environment. We encourage people to bring their bubbles and noise makers and enjoy clean, decent, All-American fun.”

Garrett Davis, youth director at Carolina Baptist Church, will emcee the event. Local music will begin at 10 p.m., and Abu will perform beginning at 10:30 p.m.

At midnight, the giant domino that first became part of New Year’s in Andalusia a year ago will be dropped from the Timmerman building for the countdown. Fireworks will follow.

Born Jerry Doyle, he received his first saxophone as a gift when he was 10. He previously peformed under the name “Jerry D,” but said he felt that comparisons to Kenny G were blocking his career advancement.

“Eirinn Abu” means “Forever Irish,” and Abu said he chose the name in honor of his Irish roots.

Abu’s two recent CD releases, “Forever in Love” and “A New Creation” guest features the talents of multi-platinum singer/songwriter legendary Grammy winning icon, Dolly Parton, accompany Eirinn on her No. 1 all time country love song, “I Will Always Love You.” He recently completed his first Christmas CD, “A Saxy Christmas.”

One can hear samples of his music at