You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me

Well after last Thursday’s gig, I’m feeling like I ain’t never had friends like you all. After our Monday gig last night, Seamie said to me – “I can tell you’re still landing” – and he’s right. It can take a while to recover from big milestones like this, and so it is, but underneath it all there is a deep sense of satisfaction about what we all did last week.

So today’s blog will be one of thanks. No names, because there are so many, but you all know who you are.

To the audience – old and new, Sligo and non-Sligo who came out in numbers to make this big step so much easier for us.

To those individuals and companies who forked out that bit extra in order to make the show financially possible for us.

To the musicians and performers, who each (as Dean Gurrie so eloquently said) left their heart and soul on that stage.

To those who recorded the evening’s proceedings so beautifully.

As Dave Flynn quotes in the video below – ‘I got a powerful urge to help you out, so what you want – I really wanna know’ – and that’s how it felt for me with so many people willing to go out of their way for me.

Especially the 5 others on the organising committee who took so many jobs off my hands in the lead-up to the show so I could focus on the music. So a huge thanks to you guys too.

I’ll let you know when all the videos are up on YouTube, but apart from that, this is Theme Night #22 – The Story So Far – put to bed.

Theme Night #23 will begin a new chapter of the story, and it’s less than three months away. Since last Thurs there is a new bar to reach now – so it’s down to work!

One thought on “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me

  1. Kieran, want you to know how much my daughter and I loved your show in Vicar Street last Thursday. Initially, I bought the tickets just to ‘support’ the major importance and effort made by all your team to take the show to the capital. We were absolutely delighted to see all the wonderful Sligo people who came to show their respect, pride and enthusiasm for such a great effort. Well, I was ‘knocked-out’ and m-o-v-e-d by the seamless flow of talent who took to that stage, from singers to musicians. They were of the highest calibre and some have world-class ability as musicians and vocalists. Sunshine on Leith (and I wouldn’t have been a big Proclaimers fan) was painfully beautiful to listen to….what a lead vocal on that one…enhanced by the harmonies. Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case of You’…..beautifully, bitter-sweet vocals, with controlled ease. The young girl who shyly did the Imelda May song….she is very special and deserves to have a ‘perfect’ song written for her. The musicianship of Seamie Dowd (new to me) and feeling permeating the accompaniment; and the 3 young boys (Carnegie Hall should showcase them), the musical orchestra of young people to the right of the stage. I could go on and on and on…..it’s unfair really to mention any particular singer because there wasn’t a dud among them…each one played their part and touched all of us. Tabby Callaghan, and his brother, excellent voices and entertainers and Sandy Kelly….the warmth, the humour, the talent. The violinist – Niamh? – and young man with her as well as Oleg….a.natural, joyful virtuoso. Queen song….beautifully done. Now, Kieran, before I shut up, I often (probably incorrectly) assumed from your blogs that you were sometimes in awe of other piano players and didn’t feel maybe you could do what they do. Well, cut that out! The beauty of your playing with all these singers and musicians last Thursday showed how much you ‘feel’ for every artist you accompany. You got inside the heart and soul of what they wished to portray from the well of love inside their inner being…..you gave from the tips of your fingers on the keys and you were in the song/tune as much as they were so you ‘fed’ what they felt and the giving back in return was magical. My daughter even said: “He plays that even better than Joni Mitchell” on said song. You are, as of now, freed from any chains of doubt you may have had…..continue to soar, all of you. Sincerely, Deirdre.

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