Some positive words…

Two days to go so hopefully you’ll forgive another blog about Theme Night #27 – there’s not much else going on in my head these days!

I did read two excellent articles about the current state of the music industry in the last 24 hours however.

The first one is very well-written and details clearly how difficult the current times are for musicians – explaining how the virus makes it incredibly difficult to do what we are best at – bringing people together. It emphasises the need for supports for musicians at the current time.

The second one is similarly realistic (and hence downbeat) throughout but does end on a more positive note – and indeed the upcoming theme night is very much in the spirit of the last paragraph of this article.

I have had so much help in putting this show together. From so many people (105 at the last count) – most of whom are out of work at the moment – but it didn’t stop them from diving wholeheartedly into this project with a huge smile on their faces and enthusiasm and spirit to die for. And I’d like to thank each and every one of them for doing that, especially this shadowy figure who looked after us so well on a night shoot recently!

I have also had invaluable assistance from many great Sligo organisations and the people working in them in making it happen. And so I’d like to especially thank the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Ocean FM, Sligo Garda Station, Sligo County Council, Markree Castle, Thomas Connolly’s, Sonny Bree’s, Strandhill People’s Market, GPT Hire, Maitland’s Barber Shop, and the Residents of Union Place.

The kind folk at Thomas Connolly’s have put up a generous competition prize for theme night fans – more details on our event page.

Remember the Theme Night Email List is the best place to be if you want to hear upcoming Theme Night news first.

And the Theme Night will be broadcast live on Ocean FM simultaneously to the Facebook Live broadcast on Thursday evening. Start time 8.30.

I’ll publish one more blog on Thursday with details of where you can watch the show and how you can contribute to the making of it.

But for now I’d better get back to work – I’ll leave you with the words of Gabe Anderson and the last paragraph of his article as mentioned above…

“Lastly…an antidote I see working in the face of a gloomy music business is: consistent enthusiasm. Initiating an idea and seeing it through with a smile on your face and great communication. Making something extra special for the people who want to hear from you. Asking for help from people on your team with optimism in your voice”.

See you Thursday.