And like we had never been away, January's Open Mic was filled with great talent from across several counties
and genres .
The house was full of anticipation for Conchur White's launch of his first solo album 'Swirling Violets'.
Hotly tipped for a big future in the music business by all the indi rock press, Conchur's request to launch in Abbey Lane OMN
was due to the welcome and enthusiasm our audiences show. We wish recently married Conchur all the best in his marriage
The Open Mic had poets, singers, storytellers and musicians filling the evening and starting with Mollie Maguire, poet; Tim Hanna, film review; Thomas Healy poetry and songs; Mark Brownlee, mental health odes from his recently launched debut book ' Manic'; Dennis McCloskey musician/ singer. After a short break for our famous raffle our Poetry competition winner was announced as Jay Rafferty with his entry 'The Blade' (Friendship topic) and highly commended Ellen McKenna with 'By the Sea' ( favorite walk). Both of these entries will be posted on our website.
Continuing the night Malachi read his now finished poem 'I can't resist a sausage'; Frances Lavery and Fergal Donnelly duetted beautifully with 'So here's to you'; Ellen McKenna poetry; Jay Rafferty poetry; Theo Sinton sang his own composition and
Willie Nelson's hits; Malachi read 'Invited for coffee' and Dymphna Ferran rounded of a super evening with jokes, yarns and her poem
in memorance of her Mum.
Thanks goes to all the helpers on the night who set up , helped at raffle, lights, sound and clearing up after. etc. Best wishes to Rachel
who is down with one of the many bugs..get well soon Rachel.
Our next Open Mic is February 23rd....short month folks and hope to see you there.