Benefit Night ~ Take it to the limit
Coming up to Bob’s birthday on Wednesday (27th June), and we’re waiting to hear from the HSE whether they’ve approved his UK placement. It’s hard for me to sit on my hands so I’m trying to think ahead. Whether Bob’s in the UK or Ireland, at some point he’s going to need some extra help to get him where we think he can be.
Several friends suggested a fundraising event of some sort, obviously musical, and it’s something we could actually have a really good time doing if we can get enough input. Already I’ve spoken to Bob Kelly (guitar/vocals), Brian Harris (guitar), Brendan Bonass (guitar), John Keogh (piano/vocals), Jimmy Compton (drums) and Declan Kennedy (guitar/vocals) ~ all of whom have said they’ll help.
Declan thought if we could secure somebody ‘famous’ we’d have a better chance of not only procuring a good venue but more punters, so I’m hoping that there’s somebody – or bodies – well-known who’ll consider wading in. Bob knows lots of people that I don’t: for instance, he introduced me to Brian Downey once and I was bashful and speechless (I’ve always been a huge Lizzy fan: saw them live about six times). But Bob didn’t necessarily work with everyone he would have known. He knows talents as diverse as Paul Brady, Brush Shiels and Freddie White, for instance, though I don’t know if they ever played together.
If there’s someone out there who’d be willing to lend their support, I’d be eternally grateful. I’m sure – with the help of the guys mentioned above – we can arrange something that will give us all a good time and raise a few quid for Bob’s future treatment.