The fundraiser for Andreas Varady’s musical education was a great success for everyone, including the crowds who turned up and donated to the fund, and the Limerick musicians whose generosity seems to be unlimited. Great praise also to Donal Mulcahy, the proprietor of Nancy Blake’s, for supporting the project, providing the premises and feeding everyone. I watched Donal tirelessly flipping burgers and gently directing the confused towards the contribution bucket. And I enjoyed more than one of his delicious offerings, I’m happy and ashamed to say.
The hope and expectation is that other Limerick hostelries will follow his example.
Just to remind you what it’s all about, Andreas is a phenomenally talented 12-year-old jazz guitarist, and this effort is all aimed at making sure that he reaches the heights he deserves. The gig at Nancy’s was to help him attend Skidmore College in New York but there will be more events.
This kid is going to be one of the greats. (His little brother Adrian and his sister Beata aren’t too slow either, as you can see).
Here are a few of the pics I took, and also some by Limerick photographers Darren Ryan and Mac Attack.
Jane Fraser did another Limerick gig last night in Dolan’s, but this time using mostly her own material. Jane lives in London, but brought a damn good backing band, plus a guy from Iceland on guitar. I meant to have a word with him about the Giant Volcano Weapon but he disappeared in a cloud of ash after the gig.
I didn’t realise the quality of this girl’s songwriting until I heard this show last night. Get out there and check Jane Fraser. I’m telling you now: first class.