Week 2 – Sep 21-27
Gigs: 1 (King House, Boyle , Co. Roscommon)
Musicians involved: 4
(Cathy Jordan, Gerry Grennan, Nichola MacEvilly, Joe Hunt)
The quietest week of the tour. Only one gig, and it was fairly local, which gave me a chance to catch my breath after a hectic launch the previous week. The gig took place on Friday in King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon and it was a really enjoyable evening for me. Any day you get to play a Steinway is a treat, and the room in which it is housed in King House is just gorgeous.
Joe Hunt, Nichola MacEvilly, Gerry Grennan, and Roscommon’s own Cathy Jordan joined me on the night for lots of music from both my albums and more. We had a lovely crowd there and it is always great to meet them all afterwards and to hear the various ways they got to hear about the gig. Local man, Sean O’Dowd of realboyle.com, was a fantastic help in publicising the gig and took some lovely photos on the night too.
Part of the appeal of this tour for me is that I will get to do my gig 32 times, and the learning that will come out of that for me should be huge. To see what tunes get the best reaction from the audience, what arrangements work and what doesn’t, what line-up of musicians suits each tune/song best, and which ones I end up enjoying playing the most! In Boyle there were a few surprises in this regard – the title track of the album, The next one – got a massive reaction. People seemed to really enjoy it and be moved by it, perhaps because of the stripped-back way we played it on Wed? Or maybe it was the introduction I gave the song? All interesting things to think about when planning for the next gig.
The coming week is a bit busier and is very exciting. I am heading to the beautiful Lough Rynn Castle on Wednesday 30th Sept for the Leitrim leg of my tour. I will be joined there by Cathy Jordan and Seamie O’Dowd, and the Francie Boylan Show on Ocean Fm are running a competition on Monday and Tuesday of this week where you can win two tickets for the gig as well as an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room in the hotel.
Then on Thursday I hit the road to Munster for the first time. I am playing in glor, the main theatre in Ennis on Oct 1st, recording a feature for the TG4 show Imeall on Fri Oct 2nd, and getting to play another Steinway on Saturday Oct 3rd – this time in Tralee, Co. Kerry in the Kerry School of Music.
It is always a challenge to get crowds along to places where you are not really known so if any of you have friends in Leitrim, Clare or Kerry, please spread the word!
Thanks – Kieran.