Festival of the Strings Success in Dublin!

WOW!  What a show we all had on Saturday night December 9th at The Grand Social in Dublin!  Where do I start?   I’d like to say a massive thank-you, thank-you, thank-you to everyone, firstly to our amazing MC the legendary Pat James from Radio Nova, who kept the show running like clockwork and never failed to give us plenty of laughs along the way.
Huge thank-you to each of the amazing three acts who took to the stage,  who each stole the show doing what they do best – showcasing their own original music to a captivated crowd who loved every minute!
First was Martin Cummins aka The Stonecold Hobo from Drogheda, who delighted the crowd with his story-telling through song and music, with his Cigar-box Guitar and Slide guitar style blues, giving us an amazing collection of his own great songs and music to commence the show in fine style!
Next up was The Gerry Quigley Band, hailing from Cork and Waterford in the South, featuring guitar wizard Gerry Quigley on guitars and things with strings, Ollie Loughnan on drums, Rob Dunphy on bass, and myself (Sharon Quigley) on keyboards.  Gerry and the band delighted the crowd for the first time in Ireland with a full set of Instrumental Progressive Rock – Quigley-style showing us that after 30 years in Australia, this Dublin boy is definitely back!
The last but not least of our three incredible acts for the night was Blackbird & Crow from the north of Donegal, with Maighread Ní Ghrásta on vocals &  Stephen Doohan on guitar, bouzouki & stomp-box with their unique style of powerhouse vocals and in your face rocking stomping blues, who left the crowd lost for words!
A surprise encore followed with all three acts on stage together to perform Maighread’s choice of “Nutbush City Limits” with Maighread of course on vocals, which had the crowd electrified and cheering as the new “Motley Showband” rocked – what was left of the roof – off the place!
Last encore was all the lads on stage this time, including Pat James, who joined in amidst plenty of laughter for the now infamous “Barley And Grape Rag”, which is somewhat now a Radio Nova “Motley Crew” tradition.  A tradition started by Gerry Quigley a few years ago when he played the song on mandolin while live on air in the Radio Nova studio and asked Pat to join in on vocals.
Overall what an amazing night, great craic with great friends and ama-a-a-a-zing music!
We are all lost for words at how spectacular this night was, we have created something very special.  All I can say is “WOW!”.  This triple-headline show really had the “WOW!” factor!
A huge thank-you so much to everyone who came along and supported the show, especially all the “Motley Crew”!
Thanks also to Liam Quigley Photography for donation of the door prizes which you can find for sale at http://www.quigleysarchives.com
By Sharon Quigley