CS Lewis once said "we read to know we are not alone." That through literature, we can find the common threads of humanity that run through everyone. Music, if created with good intentions, can be just as candid and honest. And as the band moved from the outpouring of "Where Love Is," through the finger-clicking tempo of "Silently" and on to the immense horns of "Go Seek Her Out," they ran humanity's obstacle course. Starting at unrequited love and ending with the determination of the line "And soon will your true love be with you." Before they moved into the encore of "Goldenhair." And its "merry air" filled the theatre with quiet happiness. A gentle contentment.
When the last strains of the music faded out, and the audience moved into the night, their talk of the show's excellence filled the sonic gap left behind by the music. At the Riverside Brian Byrne moved among the crowd. Accepting their praise with thanks and gratitude. No one was more grateful though, than the audience. Grateful for the opportunities presented by Sligo Jazz Project. Nowhere else would people get the chance to shake the show-star's hand. To tell him how much the music meant to them. At SJP however that was not only the mission, it was the point. To strip away the layers of misconception that separate performers and viewers. So as to reveal the common humanity between the two groups. And make the future changing of the guard possible.
Photo credit: Lieve Boussauw