Firstly this isn’t a sponsored post because I’m sure some of you will think it is. My friend Heidi told me that Spotify Premium is 99 cents for three months if you are a new user. I hadn’t used it before although Lucy has been raving about it for months.
All the musicians were fantastic and I won’t bore you with a really long blog post but if you want to see the rest of the photos they are here.
I just wanted to let you know about this great event coming up on Saturday. If you don’t want to be stuck in watching the Eurovision song contest why not come along and support North West Hospice and the SGS Music Department. Not only will past and present choirs from the Sligo Grammar School be taking to the stage but the wonderful Sinead Conway will also be appearing.
Another Sligo native and classically trained baritone, Jonathan Carter, who is also a past pupil of Sligo Grammar School,will be performing with the Past Pupils Choir, and also as a soloist on the night.
So all in all a great night of entertainment is planned. I’m really looking forward to it.
I had a very short visit to the UK over the weekend to see Magnum playing at the Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton. For those of you who don’t know I’m called Magnumlady after a rock band…and I’m still a groupie after 30 odd years of being a fan! The photo above was taken somewhere over Birmingham as I flew from Ireland West airport in Knock to Birmingham. I know people complain about the €10 fee to leave the airport but I rather drive 35 minutes down the road than have to go on a 3 hour train trip to Dublin.
After arriving at Birmingham airport I got the monorail (which I love) to the railway station and there was a train just about to leave for Wolverhampton so I was there in about 40 minutes. I had to head to the Wulfrun Hall first to pick up my ticket because they wouldn’t post it out to me as I don’t live in the UK…so that was a bit of a pain, anyway I found the place and got the ticket. As I was walking away I turned around a corner and there was Bob, Mark and Harry from Magnum. I was so excited I started babbling and fan girling! I do embarrass myself sometimes. After yapping for a bit I went on my way to find the hotel but I got lost and ended up walking for over an hour in circles. I went back to the hall so I listened to a bit of the Magnum sound check and tried to get directions from the security guard.
The security guard, bless him, spent quite a lot of time telling me where I should have stayed! In the end he did tell me where my hotel was and after a bit of walking I found the place. I stayed in the Novotel Hotel which was handy for the train station but a bit of a trek from the concert venue. I quickly left my bag and went back to the hall to meet the ‘Magnum family’. I met these guys through the internet years ago and some I’d met in real life at another gig, others I’d never met. They are a fantastic bunch of people 🙂
When we went into the venue our bags were checked by security. They spotted my camera and said I couldn’t use it during the gig. I’ve got a terrible memory so forgot that they told me that….well that’s my excuse anyway! I didn’t take too many pics as I wanted to enjoy myself but I did take some. Luckily I’m a shortarse and no one saw me taking them. The pic above is of the support band NeonFly who are the best new rock band I’ve heard in a long time.
After a brilliant set by NeonFly it was time for Magnum to take to the stage. What a brilliant gig, I almost lost my voice from singing, most of the people were really enjoying themselves apart from the occasional ‘dry shites’ who stand at the front and do nothing! I always wonder why those type of people bother going. The only downsides were the heat in the place, I reckon I lost about half a stone it was that hot and someone near us had a dreadful wind problem!! Apart from that it was all brilliant. One of the funniest things was Magnum have a new song called Too Many Clowns and Clare, who I was with, had got us all red noses to wear during the song, the look on the bands face when they saw us was priceless!
Another highlight was having Rodney Matthews, a wonderful artist and a real gentleman, hanging around with us. Rodney has done the artwork for many of the Magnum albums. I also got to meet some of Magnum and all of NeonFly. We didn’t leave the venue until midnight…I was starving because I hadn’t eaten since I left Ireland so we all went off looking for a kebab shop. It was all going well until one of the lads walked into a lamp-post! He was fine but it was funny (I have a warped sense of humour). Rodney also ended up with a road cone on his head! After all that we went back to the hotel and sat in Rodney’s room drinking, I only had a small Bailey’s because I had an early start to get the plane back to Ireland and because I don’t really drink. It was great chatting to the others though, they are such a nice bunch of people.
All in all it was a fantastic weekend, I had a ball….it’s great being a groupie 😉 The rest of my pics are here.
Following a sell-out show last November, Kieran Quinn and a new cast of exceptional musicians return to the Hawk’s Well Theatre for what is set to be another night of music to remember on Saturday April 12th.
Kieran released his debut album, ‘Not Just Black and White’ in December 2013 to great acclaim, and looks forward to playing once again with many of the musicians who collaborated with him on the release.
Kieran has had a busy spring since his album came out, including the re-establishment of the popular themed music nights concept at the Velvet Rooms, and the launch of a new themed music night for teens at The Model.
This special night at the Hawk’s Well features Steve Wickham, Cathy Jordan, Seamie O’Dowd, Sinead Conway, Dave Flynn, Gerry Grennan, Felip Carbonell, Anna Houston, Eddie Lee, Steve Kohlmann, Ken McDonald and the Oddsocks this is an event not to be missed.
The Fleadh Cheoil is the world’s biggest and best traditional Irish music festival and will take place in Sligo between 10th-17th August 2014.
It’s a very exciting time for Sligo and I for one am delighted that so many people will get to see the beautiful area we live in.
It’s expected 300,000 people will visit Sligo so if you have any spare rooms you might want to think about offering them as accommodation. You can find out all the information here.
Also they are looking for volunteers so even if you can only offer a few hours do get in touch with them.
In the meantime check out this wonderful video.