Two men badly in need of a haircut, a shave and a night’s sleep. And as Luke said to me last night as we signed off on the last few bits and pieces of the epic project that was the making of Theme Night #27 – we may be mad, but at least we didn’t sit on our arses just because we had no gigs!

He’s probably right on both counts, but we are far from the only ones with no gigs, and definitely far from the only mad ones – and so I’d like to thank everyone who put so much into this show, all done with a smile and in the spirit of fun, community and making the best possible music and art with others. A special mention to Kris Manulak who is still working on the last few bits and pieces as I write having worked all through the night.

Like putting out any piece or work, you put so much into it, but have to accept losing ownership of it once it is aired. And so now the show is ready to go. And you can watch it from 8.30 tonight here. For free. And you can make of it what you want.

It wasn’t cheap to make however, and so if you would like to make a contribution towards the making of the show, you can do so here. We would really appreciate whatever you can afford to give. All monies will go to the artists and technicians who worked so hard to put this show together.

If you can’t make the show this evening you can watch it after the event on Facebook and also all songs and videos will be available on my YouTube channel from 11pm this evening.

Finally – remember that you can watch this gig with friends and family all around the world. Let them know it’s on.

And if you want to have a bit of craic with them tonight while watching the show here are 5 things for you to try and spot…I’ll put up a couple of free piano lessons for anyone who gets all 5 correct – send me an email to

  1. The club tracksuit top of what Sligo GAA club is shown off in one of the early videos?
  2. On what beach do the girls singing Shine enjoy a picnic?
  3. How does Barry Brennan greet friends these days?
  4. How long does it take you to recognise the song that Luke Devaney sings? Anything inside 30 secs gets you a mark for this question.
  5. What was the theme at Chris Baillie’s first theme night?

Finally, if you want to be the first to hear about Theme night #28, the best way of making sure of that is to subscribe to this blog or to the special Theme Night email list.

Enjoy the show!