Commitment

Today we played all the hits.

Old MacDonald, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, Twinkle Twinkle.

Jointly run by The Hawk’s Well in Sligo and The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon, the name of the gig was Rock Babies, led by the rockstar himself – Tabby Callaghan.

And for a man who has played in front of a TV audience of millions, and in some of the biggest venues in Ireland and the UK, you could have forgiven him for phoning the gig in to a certain extent.

But no. As I have written in these pages before about Scruffy Duffy, Eddie Lee and others, one of the most admirable traits in a professional is their dedication to whatever gig it is they are playing at a particular time, big or small, glamorous or run of the mill.

And that was Tabby today. Not resting until he had the crowd engaged – dancing, shouting, running, clapping, moving. Giving each song all he had and making sure he kept their attention throughout.

So when the parents of these children get a solid night’s sleep tonight, I hope they know who to thank.