Jam­ming at the ‘hottest spot’

Bray People - - NEWS - JANE CASEY

EMERG­ING TAL­ENT and es­tab­lished mu­si­cians got the chance to per­form last week at the Speakeasy Ses­sions -a new acous­tic night in the Hotspot in­ter­net café in Grey­stones.

Since the end of Jan­uary, or­gan­is­ers have been putting to­gether these per­for­mance nights in or­der to show­case lo­cal tal­ent, while at the same bring­ing pro­fes­sional acts of na­tional stand­ing be­fore Wick­low au­di­ences.

The café started by host­ing cabaret and po­etry nights reg­u­larly. Fea­tured poets at the ses­sions in­clude the lively Colm Kee­gan and re­cent out­right win­ner of the All-Ire­land Po­etry Slam, Maighread Medbh. But since, or­gan­is­ers have brought the open mic night el­e­ment to the venue.

‘I urge mu­si­cians to get up and play on the night, the at­mos­phere is very chilled out and ac­com­mo­dat­ing,’ said Bray singer song­writer Clodagh Ryan af­ter per- form­ing for the first time. ‘It’s the per­fect set­ting for peo­ple who are shy to get up and per­form… ev­ery­body lis­tens and are so re­spect­ful,’ she added.

Or­gan­is­ers en­cour­age lo­cal tal­ent to get in touch and play a few songs on the night. Au­di­ence mem­bers who are over 18 are wel­come to bring along their own re­fresh­ments.

If you would like any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about up­com­ing events at the Hotspot, log on to www.the­hotspot.ie.

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