Magic in a near-empty cathedral

‘That was amazing – I just wish there were more people there to hear it’.

This was said to many times throughout the course of my 32 county tour in 2015. It was my first time in many of these counties, and so I was playing to small crowds in many of the venues. Thankfully people enjoyed the music, but the fact that there weren’t many people there to enjoy it with them seemed to bug them somehow.

Perhaps they were feeling sorry for me, or maybe they would have enjoyed it more in a busier venue. Both legitimate points of view, but the more I heard the statement the more I grew to dislike it.

This morning Sinéad, Marie and Laura Conway sang like angels for their uncle Christy’s funeral mass. Their voices floated around the vast space in the cathedral in Sligo yet somehow clung on to each other and harmonised in all sorts of differently-shaped corners and through many different frequencies. The effect was amazing and overpowering. Sibling harmonies are always special, but these three girls do it better than most.

And as I was sitting there enjoying the music in the almost empty church , the thought fleetingly crossed my mind that I wished there were more people there to enjoy this stunning music. And then I remembered 2015, and I decided to banish it, and be thankful that at least I was there, and got to play with and listen to these amazing singers.

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.