Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Debuts, Awards, Grand Slams and World Champions

What a great week ..last week! In the midst of world recession,doom and gloom etc and anchored around St Patricks Day....Sharon Shannon gets the Lifetime Achievement at the Meteor Awards and what more,Galway Girl achieved the most downloaded single of 2008....this is the second year running for Sharon and Mundy. Further surprises for me were in store, when Sharon took to composing and acceptance speech backstage on the night.She normally would say a few words but this time defied my expectations and composed, revised edited and rehearsed in the dressing room backstage at the Meteors......a speech which Josephine Nestor of Meteors described as "warm, strong and couargeous" . Well done, Sharon. Then Sharon and Mundy and big band launched into a stomping version of Galway Girl before being joined onstage by Camille O Sullivan who took the place apart with MamaLou.

As if this was not enough, the Irish Rugby team thrilled and delighted the Nation with a Grad Slam victory after which President Mc Aleese presented the trophy to Brian O Driscoll while The Galway Girl played in the Millenlum stadium. Later on that night Bernard Dunne became super-bantam weight World Champion at the 02.On the same night, Katy(my daughter number 3) made her debut musical appearance on electric vilolin with boyfriend Craig Mulvaghs Six Foot Small at Eamon Dorans ,Temple Bar.The new Scarlett Riviera!!! Well done Katy!

So a brilliant week........now its down to Senor Trappatoni and the national soccer squad....next week with Bulagari and Italy!!!

Meantime Sharon ,Gerry O Connor, Mike Mc Goldrick, Dessie Donnelly and Tim Edey begin a 10 date acoustic tour of Ireland visting small music clubs, arts centres and community centres next Friday.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Home from Charlies

Im just back from a week in Lanzarote where Sharon has been guesting with Skin and Hide at Charlies Bar over there as part of the Magners Irish Sessions.It was a brilliant week with sunshine during the day and great music every night! A huge thanks to Barry Murphy and the staff at Charlies and to Shaky,Sergie,Massimo,Widgeon and John(Skin and Hide)...Sharons mother, Mary joined her for the trip as well three friends from Galway,Sean Staunton,Jimmy Healy and Brendan Macken......who became known as The Craggys(after Ted, Dougal and Jack)
Sharon gained some new fans and became re-acquainted with some old ones.We also ran into Peter Kenny(head of RMG Distribution Ireland) and his wife Tina......and from Tralee ,Donie Moore....and Reuben Lynch from Cork.
Now its back to the grind and preparation for the Meteor Awards performance.After that Sharon with Gerry"Banjo"O Connor,Mike McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly and Tim Edey are undertaking a small acoustic Irish Tour starting 27 March until April 5th....(see tours for details) and then heading for UK with the Big Band and guests Camille O Sullivan and Shane Mc Gowan......(see tours)
By the way, if any of you are ever in Galway of a Sunday ...check out No Banjo at the Roisin Dubh....incredible!!