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Sunday 19 August 2018

Warm weather brings out the best in bands at McPhails pub

Johnny Fox (left) and Gordon Flash Murphy entertain the crowds on stage at the Thin Az Lizzy gig in McPhails on Sunday night. Picture: Paul Mohan / Newsfile.
Johnny Fox (left) and Gordon Flash Murphy entertain the crowds on stage at the Thin Az Lizzy gig in McPhails on Sunday night. Picture: Paul Mohan / Newsfile.

That was just perfect. The Judge Brothers on Friday, playing with the Big Ass Band on Saturday and then Thin Az Lizzy on Sunday night. Who could ask for anything mo...

That was just perfect. The Judge Brothers on Friday, playing with the Big Ass Band on Saturday and then Thin Az Lizzy on Sunday night. Who could ask for anything more?

My Friday fun started, strangely enough, with my debut in the offices of Drogheda Corporation! It was actually a very proud moment for myself and my family watching Papa Spud being presented with a civic award for services to Drogheda. Congratulations also to Ann McGahey, Eamon Duffy and Sr. Eucharia Kenny.

At the awards, I met Eamon’s son Cillian. I’ve known Cillian for about four years now, ever since I blazed a successful trail with the St. Mary’s DS Gaelic squad. (When I say that, he was actually playing, and I was reporting!!)

Cillian always stops to have a chat whenever we meet and now, I know he’ll be delighted reading this! We still never played that tennis by the way, I’m ready and waiting to lose!

Also bumped into Baz Godfrey at the reception in the Westcourt afterwards. Don’t worry, we know we are both important enough Baz!

Arrived up to McPhails where Stephen and Barry were waiting.

The Judge Brothers were playing and what a brilliant night we were treated to. This may sound like a broken record, but I can’t sing the praises of these guys highly enough.

In fact, it almost annoys me. This boy-band phenomenen which hit Ireland a few years ago is so false and yet these ‘bands’ are more successful than any other outfit in the country.

When I hear the quality of voice and instrument that The Judges bring out every single gig, I know that they are more talented than all those boy-bands put together.

The Judge Brothers, Cormac, Kieran and Antón along with Woody and BB are terrific entertainment and brilliant musicians. I bumped into Antón on Sunday night and I told him that his gig was magnificent. Just to make sure he didn’t think I wouldn’t remember, I decided to give him a mention this week! Keep up the brilliant work lads, I know I speak for many in Drogheda.

Having met Ged Nash up at the civic awards, I was slightly disappointed to see that he himself had changed into his ‘civies’, leaving his elegant robes at home! He was in with Niall Moonan having a few bevvies. Hope you can make it on Friday our kid. See you in McPhails at the weekend Ged.

The Big Ass Band were playing in McPhails on Saturday so we all arrived down early to set up and sound check. When we finished that, it was home for a quick change and back out for a few pints before the gig.

Rory and I met up with Dayo, Mura and Greg upstairs in The Admirals for a few quiet ones. Darren and Niall joined us later on. Meant to say last week, congratulations to Niall on becoming a father.

Up to McPhails then for the gig, and met Darren Hughes and Deirdre McHugh. Darren was telling me how Echo Beach went in McHugh’s on Friday night. Packed to the rafters as usual and lots of happy smiling faces on the way home.

We got a real buzz off the crowd on Saturday night. It seemed to go down well, but I think that’s enough blowing my own trombone for now. We are playing up in McHugh’s on Saturday night so we hope to see loads to give us a bit of support. Thanks to Colm and Niall for doing the door, and also to BB.

Robert and Sarah came down again just for the gig. At last, I was able to return the favour and buy Robert a pint. Thanks again for the support guys. We enjoyed another big chat after the gig, only a few more days left!!! Send me a text if you’re going out this weekend guys.

Sunday afternoon and I went for a game of football with the lads. Francis, Andrew, DJ and myself managed a magnificent 10-8 win over Baz, Barry, Seanaí and Jennifer. What a scorcher though. We were a bit cream crackered after it.

Thin Az Lizzy were in McPhails that night and so met up with B*#%@ and so in we went. It was very quiet indoors for quite a while because of the heat outside. But the guys started anyway and proved as popular as ever with their set.

Robert was there with Alan Pentony and had a bit of a chat before we went outside for some fresh air. Met up with R*@ and J#%@, Anita and Leanne. We had a great night, especially when they opened the doors.

Myself and B*#%@ enjoyed the view, and then went for a bit of grub afterwards although it did take a long time. We were talking about that great film Meet and Parents!!

Me thinks that’s all for now!! Until next week folks. Sin é!!

If anyone has any gossip, birthdays, bands, nights out or parties to tell me about, then contact me at: timeout@drogheda-independent.ie or bmurphy@drogheda-independent.ie or by phoning me at 041-9838658.

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