Tuesday 18 December 2018

Gerry's inspirational night



HAUNTING in its simplicity, unmatched in its essence, Monday's night's concert of hope at the Augustinian Church once again showed off the very best in Drogheda's musical talent.

The occasion was the launch of Gerry Simpson's CD 'The Gift' - itself born from the annual SOSAD mass last February, televised live on RTE.

Many of those who took part on that special morning brought the magic back on Monday evening, in parts surpassing it.

There were many shining stars, none more so than Geraldine Simpson whose version of 'Somewhere' from West Side Story was worthy of the West End itself.

The night began with the grace and majesty of the Sonata Singers before Gerry was soon swinging into 'I saw the Light' followed by the angelic Eimear Carroll and the 'Arms of the Angels'. Jackie Walshe and the Lourdes Youth Choir and Gerry Mulroy carried on the show before Padraig Grennan came into his own with 'The American Trilogy' to end the first half of the show with great gusto.

The powerful voice of Irene Sands began the second part of the night, before Gerry's own song brought out raw emotion, ' Until we meet again' - a song he wrote in memory of his late brother, Dermot 'Spyder' Simpson, a life and talent cut short in the years following a car crash in 1987.

Carmel Boyle and 'We will Remember' continued the theme before Gerry ended the show with his own songs that appear on the CD, 'Today I lit a candle' and 'The Gift'. It said it all when he got two standing ovations.

During the night, Fr Iggy O'Donovan also spoke warmly of the role of SOSAD in the community while Peter Moroney thanked the hundreds who turned out for the night and all those who purchase the CD, the proceeds of which go to the charity.

'Tonight is a dream, that's all I can say,' a clearly emotional Gerry admitted.

'The Gift' is the start of a journey for Gerry Simpson and SOSAD. Where it takes them, Ireland, the UK, Europe, the United States, who knows. But from the hallowed halls of St Augustine's another special moment was born on Monday night.