Things are tough at the moment. Really tough. There are not many gigs out there. And there is not much money in the ones that are available. So, I have decided to move in a slighty different direction. A bit of a cheesy one.
Last month I played a birthday party for a friend (see the post here) and met a chap who runs his own DJ / sound hire company. It’s a fairly small operation – his office is his van. But he seems to have more than enough gigs to go around. We started talking and swapped numbers. I stayed in touch with him with a couple of text messages and the effort paid off. I had my first gig with him on Saturday night – in a GAA club.
For those who are not in the know, GAA stands for the Gaelic Athletic Association, which was formed in 1884 to keep the Irish sports of Gaelic football and Hurling alive and thriving.
My job was to DJ at a fundraiser in a club just outside of the city. The club was holding a race night to raise money for a member who is going to build houses in Africa for charity.
Again for those who are not in the know, a race night is when someone is hired to show old horse races, mostly from America, on a big screen. The horses are all ‘bought’ by local people and individuals before the night. Their money goes to the charity as well as the fee paid by businesses to be advertised in the race program. Each race is preceeded by a bit of ‘inside’ information so the punters have some knowledge before they place their bets. Saturday night consisted of ten races.
Unfortunately, things got off to a late start and we were never able to fully recover.
I started the evening by playing a bit of a ‘Lounge’ set as the guests were arriving.
01. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
02. Don’t Rain On My Parade – Bobby Darin
03. Mack The Knife – Louis Armstrong
04. Groove Holmes – Beastie Boys
05. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
06. I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
07. The ‘In’ Crowd (Live) – Ramsey Lewis
08. The Look Of Love – Dusty Springfield
09. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
10. Wives And Lovers – Jack Jones
11. Danke Shoen – Wayne Newton
12. A Lot Of Livin’ To Do – Sammy Davis Jr
Then the racing began. Five races were shown and the interest was quite high. At the half way mark, a break was scheduled and I had about 15 or 20 minutes to play. I chose to go for the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ set this time. I wanted to lift the tempo of things without trying to do too much too soon.
The songs played were:
13. Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger
14. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
15. All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
16. Stuck On You – Elvis Presley
17. Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
18. Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White
19. Move It On Over – Hank Williams
The next five races were shown, including the last race where all of the horses were auctioned. This took forever. More than 600 euro were collected but the night was getting on and I was getting worried about how I was going to be able to provide a bit of a ‘dishco’ to round the evening off.
I spoke to the barman and got a 30 minute extension to the 1:00 cut-off time. Some of the people were richer, some were poorer but everyone wanted to hear some music and enjoy the rest of the night.
I got stuck in with:
20. Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
21. Brick House – The Commodores
22. Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake
But then the plug got pulled again! There was a raffle to hold as well. For crying out flayven! So, that was done, all the prizes were sorted and it was finally time for some tunes. Except it was too late. There was nobody interested in dancing or partying because it was 1:10 and the bar was closed!
I perservered though and played the following (I’m not entirely proud of playing everything here but it had to be done):
23. It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
24. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
25. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
26. The Lovecats – The Cure
27. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
28. 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
29. I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
30. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra
All in all I think everyone was satisfied. Even though I didn’t get to really ‘large’ it. I did the best I could with the time I had. One could say the evening was:
a bit brie
I’m not sure what will happen next. There may be more gigs, there may not. But if there is, there will certainly be a lot more cheese.