New year's Eve 2007
Take one Irish Bar in the middle of a busy city centre. Add one Mark McGann, several of his friends, his Mum, sister and brother (Paul) and a load of regular customers, Irish and otherwise, and mix well. If ever there was a great way to bring in the New Year, this was it!
Mark started playing later than usual, about 10pm and played an excellent set. The usual favourites such as 'Brown Eyed Girl' and 'Chasing Cars', quite a few irish numbers and one or two of his own. He then asked his sister Clare to join him and they sang 'Fairytale of New York' which was excellent and a real pleasure to see them sing together again.
At the stroke of midnight everyone rose to their feet to sing Auld Lang Syne and the atmosphere was amazing - just one big family party. Mark is so adept at engaging his audience and has them eating out of his hands by the second or third song. So many of the customers return to see him again and it's easy to see why.
If every New Year could be as much fun as this one then roll on 2009!