THIS Sunday is a very special night for Lethean as their open mic night will be one year old. The brainchild of Ger Walsh, Seamus McLaughlin and Joe Wearen, the open mic has been going from strength to strength since its inception, attracting bigger and bigger audiences and willing musicians each month.
The idea came about as the three friends were chatting over a year ago now, and they decided that they wanted to do an open mic that was relaxed and fun. The open mic night takes place on the last Sunday evening of every month downstairs in the pub, and anyone can get up and sing.
The audience who attend the evening are always welcoming and supportive, especially of those who may not be overly familiar with performing on a stage.
Ger Walsh told the Leinster Express that the night is also after inspiring some new collaborations.
“Anyone can get up and sing, and as the months have gone on people playing the open mic got to know eachother so there have been plenty of collaborations. You know you’re doing it right then”.
Gar said that people can get up and either sing their own material or covers, whatever they are comfortable with. The evening has a number of regular contributors including Frank Gallagher, Gigabyte, Radio Nowhere, Barry Flynn and Shaun Mullen, Ciaran Hyland, Dave Bowe, Seamus McLaughlin, Joe Jo and Robin Wearen, We Own The Moon, and Ginger and a Bit. Adding to this plenty of newcomers over the months, and this makes for a very entertaining end to the weekend.
“There is loads of support for the different bands - this is a launching pad for people who don’t want the enormity of playing a full set. It also helps form a small fanbase for musicians. The night has really snowballed from last January so we’re hoping for a good crowd on Sunday”.
This Sunday of course is a special one and Ger is calling out to anyone who has played over the past year to come along and be part of the celebrations. The night is now run in conjunction with Golden Egg Studios, situated just outside Portlaoise. For more information visit their website www.letsopenmic.weebly.com.