The first time.

“The first time ever I saw your face, I thought the sun rose in your eyes. And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave – to the dark and endless skies” – Ewan MacColl.

You will often hear from sportsmen that their first time to win a trophy was the best.

I remember the thrill of the first time I saw the Manhattan skyline in the flesh at 22 years of age. Never the same since.

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Above was our promo pic for the very first teenage theme night in Sligo in 2014. It went great.

However, after the thrill of the first time had subsided, we decided we were onto something and so we worked hard to get more people involved, to grow our audience, and 4+ years and 14 shows later they have reached the point where a performance like this one is possible.

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This one was taken yesterday. I had a great time in Letterkenny last week teaching at the brilliantly run and wonderfully spirited Donegal Summer School of Music. We pioneered a similar Teenage programme there this year and it was successful. Everyone involved got the buzz associated with the first time something goes well.

Will it go any further? Time will tell, but it would be nice if it did.

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