Not content with writing about local music – our man Ryan Smith has went and organised a night of his own, as you can read about below…
AS SOME of you might be aware, I’ve signed up for the Westville Family Resource Centre’s ‘Not So Strictly Come Dancing’.
And, as part of the competition, which raises money for the centre, all of the dancers also work to raise money through other events or sponsorship.
These events contribute to the overall winner – but the real winner is the centre itself, where all the money goes to.
On Friday night at The Bush Bar in Enniskillen, my partner Yasmin McMaster and I have got a couple of Fermanagh’s best – and most well-known – musicians to come together to perform.
From around 9pm, we’ve Michael Smith, Gareth Jones, Aidan O’Brien, Luke Burns and Sean Swift.
From Michael – expect the likes of the Foo Fighters and Mumford and Sons.
Enniskillen’s own Aidan O’Brien has been getting out there more and more in recent times.
From the Belfast-based student, you can expect everything from Pink Floyd to Damien Rice.
Next up there’s Gareth Jones, of Captain Casey, on his own this time.
He’s told me to be prepared for the likes of Johnny Cash, REM and Van Morrison. I’ve told him that prepared, I am.
Luke Burns – formerly of Yellow Car No Return and currently of Chocolate Love Factory – is the penultimate act – who plays a mixture of covers, Luke Kelly, U2, and some of his self-written songs which in my experience fit in perfectly well.
Lastly, there’s Sean Swift, who has been performing at these kinds of shows since he was about 12. So, he knows what he’s doing.
Expect an upbeat collection of tunes from the Arctic Monkeys to Oasis.
Basically put, it’ll be a night of chilled out, relaxed music. You can have a chat, meet a couple of people – and enjoy the music knowing that you’re raising money for a good cause.
Things will be kicking off from 9pm with £5 entry. All proceeds go towards the Westville Family Resource Centre. See you there.