Great Concert

Tonight was the
Country and western concert
I mentioned in my last entry.

My friend and her mum picked me up at about half 6. When we arrived, we thought it would be too loud as the band were rehearsing. I wasn’t really looking forward to it if it was going to be so loud that we couldn’t hear. I know that yes it is a concert, but if it is so loud you can feel it in your chest almost, it’s not so good. So me and my friend sat at the back just in case it would have been too loud. Plus we were near the bar lol. My friend got herself a guinnis and i had a west coast cooler.

We waited for about half an hour as the concert didn’t start until 8 o’clock.

The man who organises these concerts all the time for different charities stood up first and welcomed everyone. He is also blind. Next our branch organiser said a few words about Guide dogs. She was very nervous but it sounded great and she didn’t have anything to be nervous about in my oppinion.

A band called the Steve Farlo Duo were first to perform. They were okay but tended to be too close to the microphone.

Next a young lady called Zolene sang a few songs. She is only 18 and is from Larne. Here is
One of her songs
She sung last night. (I was going to buy her CD but she has never sung in front of a live band so hasn’t got one).

Next was a guy called Jamie Johnston. He was good too.

Next was another girl from Larne called Donna Duffin. She was good too and had alot of audience participation going.

It was a guy called Billy Joyce next. He came all the way from Dublin. Him and the branch organiser used to have a thing going on about 30 years ago, but i don’t think it has ever died. Anyway he dedicated some of his songs to her which i thought was nice. He allowed us to copy his CDS and all the money from his CD would go to guide dogs too.

Finally a guy called
Boxcar Brian
Sang. Again alot of audience participation.

By this time it was about 11 o’clock, but we still had the raffle to do. The compere we had was great and whizzed through all the tickets. We didn’t get home until about half 11!

Some of the branch had made sandwiches and buns for the artists to enjoy before they went on. So they were all busy in the kitchen.

We raised a massive £2237! Well done to everyone involved and it was a great success! I wasn’t expecting it to be good for some reason but i’m glad i went!

The branch organiser has now suggested that we have another concert in October for Guide dog week and one every year after that!

Ushi chilled at home and slept while i was away. She didn’t even get up when i got home!

I’m glad it was such a good night though!


Country Concert For Guide dogs

I just thought i’d let you all know about a country and western concert the Ballymena and Antrim branch of guide dogs are holding. It starts at 8 PM and there will be a raffle too. One of our local papers,
Has published a piece
About it listing all the artists who will be performing.

I’m not taking ushi because there would be nowhere for her to go if she didn’t like the music. If there was maybe a room off to the side or something i would have braught her and we could have sat there, but she can have a night at home instead.

I know alot of you probably won’t be able to come, but i thought i’d mention it anyway. It’s always a bit of craic anyway. I’m not really looking forward to it but i should be alright when we get there.

Maybe i’ll see some of you there!