St. Pat’s Gig October 7th
Tues. 7th October. We were playing in St. Patrick’s Hospital for Mental Health Services in Dublin as part of their ‘Reclaim your Creative Soul’ programme of events for Mental Health Week. There’d been a sharp drop in the temperature and it was one of the first nights this year when it really felt like winter, a tough time of year for many people. I can’t speak for the other group members but personally I must admit I was just not in the humour for a performance when I arrived. And then. A crowd began to arrive, not a huge one but enough to generate an atmosphere. From the moment we started to sing there was a lovely sense of positivity in the room, with some people up and about, clapping & swaying, and some simply nodding or smiling. Personally I found it profoundly moving. And an encouraging rebuttal to the notion that Irish audiences will only participate in a gig when we’ve had a few drinks! Many people approached us afterwards and said we’d given them a great lift. The one that will stay with me is the lady who said she hadn’t smiled in a long time but she smiled right through our gig. That one did us all good I think. Thanks for having us St. Patrick’s.
– Cathy 10.10.14