This is Georgie Gorman.
He was the guest of the band last night in Connolly’s – so it was more of a songs night than a tunes night. The wonderfully respectful Monday night crowd who come to see us enjoyed the night as did we.
I first came across Georgie about 5 years ago. I was out having dinner with my family and in the booth behind me I could hear young voices talking about the band they were in and discussing in great detail the arrangement they were going to put together of their next song.
There was something off for me – the level of detail was too advanced for the high tone of the voices and so I looked around. There were 4 of them, no older than 11 at a guess, and they called themselves The Biscuits. I asked who taught them. The answer – Georgie Gorman.
I got in touch, complimented him on his work and asked him if he would be interested in getting involved in the theme nights and that was the start of it.
Since then we have collaborated on many occasions and in many guises.
I’ll never forget Georgie coming in to his first Theme night rehearsal in my sitting room to sing Desperado. He was so good that all the neighbours started gathering outside the window to see who it was.
It was Georgie who suggested I should put on the theme nights for teenagers.
And Georgie who suggested the stool feature at the front of the stage in Theme Night #20 – Eagles.
And Georgie who taught me about phrasing and vocal contours when we co-wrote and recorded a Christmas song last year.
He’s a character, a storyteller, an ideas man.
He’s an audience favourite, passionate about songs, songwriting and young musicians.
He’s a historian of Sligo town, and a local treasure.
Long live Georgie.