Last Sunday we put on a party that we never thought we would have been capable of a few summers ago. Getting people out to a venue these days is hard work, as anyone who dabbles in such things knows. If you took a look at the dancefloor of the Bru Bar on McCurtain Street at 11.30 last Sunday night you would say we were joking. In June 2009 we decided we wanted to get people together on Sunday afternoons. We would get our friends round to share records, we would all have a natter, and maybe a bit of a boogie if you were that way inclined. We did that and more. All we did was let people know it was going on, and for that reason, we want to thank all you folks for getting up, and getting down for that matter, and making it a memorable series of parties.
As everyone knows now, the long standing home of our Sunday get together, An Realt Dearg, has shut its doors. We would be unwise to say indefinitely as who knows, maybe someone else will take up the reigns up on Barrack Street, but as far as it being our home, full of folks that have been there since the start, its a bit of an end of to an era. We would like to thank all involved up there over the time we have been annoying them from lunchtime on Sunday. I think they had as much fun as we did putting on these parties! The venue will be quite a loss to the City as whatever your interest, it had become a very important part of the Cork music scene. It’s rare you get a venue that is more interested in music than money these days and the Realt was one of those places. Apart from amazing memories from the place, we can both safely say we have made a few lifelong friends from doing our parties up there, big ups!
Thanks to all the record collectors, artists and producers we have had up there since the beginning. Jus-me, John Barry, Flukey, The Yew-Tree, Tokishiko, Colm Kennefick, Elaine Dowling, Stevie G, John Daly, Eoin Walsh, Dr. Herringbone Dread, Boo, Alan Devitt, Patrick Cross, Greg Dowling, Kenny Hanlon, Leopoldo Rosa, Jimmy Horgan, MyNameIsJohn, Tr-One, Dean Feeney, Eddie Reynolds, Conor Lynch, Conor Dunne, Automatic Tasty, Andy Doyle, Barry O Donovan, Ger Regan, Paraic O Connor, Paul Meschi, Frank Mitchell, and two who never got to a party at the Realt (we tried!) but ended the first incarnation of Sunday Times last weekend at the Bru Bar, Steffi Doms and Achim Brandendurg.The travelling hobo records crates, Cruibin food, Uncle Petes pizza and web guy Paul get honourable mentions too!
Something to be proud of is that we never built anything around big names that would charge exorbitant fees for a lacklustre show. It was mainly local or Irish acts that would be happy to play for a pint if needs be, and would wipe the floor with any international act in any case. We’re not sure of uncle Petes origin, maybe he was the second Italian involved.
So, again thanks to all of you, whether you were dragging vintage synths, guitar cases or breaking your backs up Barrack Street with far too many records, you all made the party what it was.
Would also like to thank all our regulars and anyone who trundled up the hill on a Sunday afternoon. We found it hard enough to make it some Sundays so we were blown away month after month when happy, friendly faces would slowly appear bit by bit and turn the evening from a Sunday afternoon gathering into a party, last weekend in the Bru Bar was for our regulars.
Finally, just to say a few words about last Sunday, it was really one of the best Sunday parties we have witnessed. The most obvious being the people we had selecting records for us, not much needs to be said, there is a reason they are in such high demand and they proved that last Sunday, great records played by two warm friendly people, kind of fit the bill perfectly in the end.
What also excited us a lot was seeing how our party would be in a new venue. We are never going to try to re-enact the Realt days, but while it was a totally different venue there was still that lovely atmosphere that was always present (!) at our parties so far and that is down to the people, it was re-assuring to know that this would stay intact no matter where we move. Another thing we got was a resounding sense of community with the gig last Sunday, we have a lot to be proud of with our scene here in Ireland, there are so many great things going on.
Looking around last week we saw the Lunar Disko crew who drove our guests down from Dublin that day, one half of Tr-One who walked into the room for the first time precisely as Prosumer played his record, a record that was released on Apartment records, another friends venture. Then you had the younger crew, Shane Linehan whose releases are going down extremely well at the moment and rightly so, Enda from Waterford who puts on great gigs down his end of the country, the Galway crew, responsible for many a party in their day and if you looked to the front of the room there was two old hands having a natter and a dance in the form of Greg and Padraic, people who have no doubt inspired many over the years. An altogether satisfying day out.
A big thank you to those who made last Sunday possible too, you know who you are sound engineer, door hardmen, equipment owners and save the day Bar owner. Whilst a straight up house night with two of the most in demand deejays around maybe was not in the plans at the beginning, it was definately worth it in the end. Stress and all, it was worth it!
To those who could not make it to the Bru due to not getting a ticket etc. We would just like to say it was not ran in a word of mouth manner as an elitist exercise rather we were working with what we had which was a venue that held 120 people. There was no point advertising to thousands when a little over a hundred can go. We wanted to get all our regulars in and after that it was just leaving it seep out there. Anyone that was there will agree that it definitely worked.
So for the time being we are homeless and contemplating where to next. We have some ideas in the pipeline and are not ready to call it off just yet. When it isn’t enjoyable for us, and anyone who attends, then we will have a second look. Running these parties has been such a good experience and definitely the most positive experience either of us have had in regards putting gigs together and getting on with things.We just wanted to say cheers for supporting this night for so long and keep those eyes peeled, promise the next party won’t be secret!