IT was a packed house in Hope Cafe in Shannon as fans turned out in force to watch world renowned singer-songwriter Mick Flannery take to the stage.
The Cuppa Tea TV organised gig, supported by local artist Craig McIntyre, showcased a growing venture that aims to create a unique music scene in Clare’s second largest town.
The initiative is the brainchild of Shannon native Damian O’Rourke, who said he was “buzzing” after the recent gig, which saw one of the finest singer-songwriters to come out of Ireland in recent years, come to his hometown.
“I have been a fan of his for many years now so to be able to present Mick Flannery onto a Shannon stage is something special,” Damian explained.
“Once again a huge thank you to all who came in to support original music – long may it continue,” he added.
Seeing the demand for a live music scene in Shannon, Damian’s passion stems from his desire to share the feeling music gives him, a feel good factor that he hopes artists such Mick Flannery can regularly bring to his hometown.
“It was great having him play in my hometown,” he said
“I travel up and down the country to see him play.
“The first gig of his that I saw was in 2008. It was one of the early White Horse Sessions in Kenny’s in Lahinch.
“I got talking to him that evening. I saw him many, many times up and down the country thereafter- I even slept in my car going to some of his gigs.
“I will continue to go and see him but to have him play in Shannon was mighty.
“I got to meet him and chat to him a bit more intimately in Shannon and he just the same kind of lad he was when I first met him ten years ago – in ten years he has gone on to do great things but he is still the same lad that you can have a simple conversation with.”
Upcoming Cuppa Tea TV events include an original music gig in Patrick’s Bar in Ennis on Thursday, April 4 at 8.30pm, the ever-growing ‘Youth in Music’ initiative in Hope Cafe on Wednesday, April 17 at 7pm, and in Insomnia coffee shop in Ennis Shopping Centre on Friday, May 3 at 6pm.