Friday 18th January was a very exciting day for myself and my band “Perfect Friction”. We performed live on RTE’s “The Late Late Show”, Ireland’s most watched TV programme broadcast weekly to approximately 650,000 viewers!
We performed a medley starting with a cover of “Valerie” by The Zutons running into a lively trad set. The whole audience clapped and danced along throughout and erupted in cheer as we ended our last tune. We all left the stage on a complete high and returned to the Green Room where we watched the rest of the show, each with a well-deserved glass of wine in hand! Also performing on the night were singer/songwriter Gavin James and English tenor of Les Misérables fame, Alfie Boe. They both gave stunning performances and joined us in the Green Room for the rest of the night. Gavin and Alfie are both lovely guys as well as phenomenal musicans, it was such a pleasure to enjoy their company for the evening.
We also got to chat at length with Ryan Tubridy, presenter of the show and perhaps the most popular TV personality in Ireland! Ryan came into our dressing room for 20 minutes before the show to hang out and listen to our music. He is so talented yet down-to-earth at the same time, no wonder the Irish people love him!
Another highlight of the night for me was meeting Jim Breen and his team at “Cycle Against Suicide” who were speaking on the show about mental health and suicide awareness. I had been following the progress of this great initiative for several months, so I was delighted to meet Jim again and talk about how I could help. I have been involved with the organisation ever since and I will share more about this in my next blog post.