ith Covid having dealt a heavy blow to the live music industry in this country, it’s good to see the Arts Council reaching out to even the smallest, most eclectic venues.
Which is how The Hot Spot Music Club down at Greystones harbour have ended up staging a live 90-minute folk fest in front of state-of-the-art studio cameras.
Phelim Drew & Ger Doyle
Turning it all the way up to 7 for the big day (hey, think of the ukuleles) were the likes of Glimpse, The Eileen Hogan Clan, Paddy O’Gorman, Martyn Travis, Hidden Stills, Rachel Kerrigan & Peter Reade, Bert Versey, Pat Byrne, Mick Heffernan, Phelim Drew, Ger Doyle, Fionn Crean Mac Oireachtaigh, Dominic Mulvaney and John Hutchins plus Gerry O’Donnell & Bray C.C.E.
Who knew that the Bray Community College for Eejits had a musical wing…?
Here’s the official spiel…
The Hot Spot Music Club has been host to Pat Byrne’s acoustic session on Sunday afternoons with sidekick Bert Versey, for a couple of years now.
It is un-miked as opposed to open mike and takes you back to those days when you could have a sing-song in a bar.
The scene is set from around five o’clock and the order of the session is to bring along your guitar, banjo or ukulele and give us a song. Pat is the MC and Bert is the maestro who will back you on his guitar – no matter what key you sing in, Bert will find you! You’re guaranteed a listen as the audience is actually part of the gig.
Crime-fighting duo Kerrigan & Versey
As we all know, Covid struck and put an end to this hidden gem until the Government stepped in with support to take it online, providing access to a high-quality recording session which Pat produced and directed. The Mighty Session, which is an hour and a half of music, is presented by guest musicians Phelim Drew and Rachel Kerrigan.
The music ranges from traditional to folk & country and singer-songwriter, etc.
The Eileen Hogan Clan
It’s an eclectic mix of music played by people who just want to play!
This recorded session was done without rehearsal and all the musicians and singers did it in one take. It is a full show consisting of ninety minutes of entertainment and can be watched by all the family over Christmas.
Recorded to television standard, you will see the wealth of talent in your community so put it on your telly and enjoy!
Fair fecks to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media LPSS scheme for putting up the moolah. You can find out more about The Hot Spot right about here.
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