s with many a fine idea, Greystones first and only ever rock’n’roll circus came together in something of a flash.
With Circus Gerbola in town, and local band The Universal Funk Orchestra about to take on Thin Lizzy’s Live & Dangerous as that month’s classic album, all it took was one moment of madness and one very worthy cause for a truly unique night to arrive.
The night was Saturday, June 7th 2014, and the worthy cause was Gavin Glynn, parents John and Jayne instantly recognising that such a rockin’ night was the perfect fit for their rockin’ son.
And so it was, with only four days of planning and spreading the good word, that the ever-changing UFO pulled together such devoted Lizzy heads as Elliot and Dylan Crampton (the brothers stepping in for Brian Meakin), Brian Mitchell, Emma Nicolai, Aoife Hester and sax maniac James Connor to tackle Dublin’s finest-ever rock gods.
And given that this was a circus, the line-up for the night also included not only bluegrass babes HueGrass but also trapeze artists, clowns, jugglers, strongmen and exotic dancers.
All the naughtiness, in other words, that young Gavin would have happily stayed up way past his bedtime to savour.
And just how wild was the night? Well, the short, grainy clip below of the closing Whiskey In The Jar might just give you an idea, looking like the wrap party for Fraggle Rock.
Thanks to John Vickers for the sound system, Ramona Farrelly for the groovy video, Sean Rowe for the groovy shots, and Circus Gerbola for the golden opportunity…