Last Saturday saw me play in venues in Temple Bar that I’ve never previously played. There was an air of nervousness around me heading in to that evening. The pub is definitely one of the busiest and wildest around, so I was in for a hectic night. I remember, in my “going out drinking every night” days, this was one of my regular joints as the craic was mighty and more importantly, the music was always top class. So here I am, a few years later, playing tenor guitar, backing tunes, and singing the whole night from 7:30 to 2:30….on a Saturday night…the night before the All Ireland Hurling Final….and the day of the American Football between Boston and Georgia. It sure was a crazy night to start my first gig here. I was nervous. Someone once told me, if I don’t get nervous before going on stage, then there is something wrong with you. Nerves make ya better. And how true he was. I didn’t falter the whole night, apart from a few requests I didn’t know, and two broken strings, (it’s part of the game I suppose)…it all went pretty smoothly. I got to play with a beautiful flute player first in the downstairs venue, and then upstairs with a fiddler and a banjo player together till close. I have to say, I never really played with another banjo player on stage before, as I am always the banjo player, and it was amazing, especially when the fella is an absolute banjo genius. It was a great experience for me, and I’m proud of myself for taking it on and completing it satisfactorily. Here’s to onwards on upwards in my music career!