Revisited: Theme Night #5 (Paul Simon)

So here’s the second in the Theme Night Revisited series – back to Oct 25 2012 and Sligo Live weekend.

This was the night I knew we were onto something. It was the 5th in the series, and Source was packed. There were queues down the stairs of people trying to get in and we just couldn’t cater for the demand. Sligo Rovers had just won the league (see the flag in the pic below) and there was a huge buzz around town.


As for the music, well I have so many memories. Cathal Roche straining every sinew in his body playing Michael Brecker’s tenor sax solo on Still Crazy After All These Years – he’s mentally preparing for it in this pic.


It was the first time I had heard Simon’s American Tune – the selection of Cathy Jordan (below) for the night. Also Dave Flynn panicking because the rest of the horn section hadn’t yet showed up for his performance of Cool Cool River – but they did, and it was great. Vanessa Byrne also led many of us backing singers through a gorgeous rendition of Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes.


Each theme night suits different people more than others – I remember Seamie McGowan loving this one – he delivered a note-perfect version of The Boy in the Bubble (below), and I also remember enjoying playing our Odd Couple arrangement of Mrs. Robinson but realising halfway through that perhaps this packed noisy venue wasn’t the place for everyone to appreciate the intricacies of what we had put together!


Our theme night gang was growing all the time – this particular night was the first for some people who have been a huge part of them since – the likes of Aileen Concannon and Niamh Crowley, and it was also the last free theme night – since we needed to put some sort of limit on the amount of people that could get into the room.

Here’s the full setlist…


No. 22 in the series takes place in Vicar St next month (Feb 7). It’s a chance to see more memorable performances and be a part of this musical adventure.

There are still a small amount of tickets available here.

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.

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