13 Feb The Show Must Go On!
So last week, I came down with the dreaded lurgy again. I lost my voice on the Tuesday and had a chest and throat infection, all this with the pressure of 3 shows to get through at the weekend, the first on Friday was in a great hotel, The Limerick City hotel in a venue called McGettigans,. I’ve never been there before, so I’m always excited to do new places, Saturday was a lovely venue called Sandyford House, I always have a great time there, bit laid back and not as manic as other places but a lovely place to work and Sunday I was at the Shamrock in Finglas. When Im like this I always put pressure on myself because I hate letting people down. All the venues advertised me and so I will always try my best to be fit and get through the gig. I was lucky to already have anti biotics and to be fair they kicked in straight away. on Thursday I tried to see if there was anything there and to be honest it wasn’t looking good as I was breaking all over the place, no disrespect to other singers but to do TJ for an hour is so hard on your voice and body as its so energetic and BIG! Friday, came and I set the gear up after a 2 hour drive and was pleasantly surprised that miraculously my voice was there and even though I was probably only at 60% I knew I would get through the gig, and it was a great night! so much so that they booked me for 2 more shows for May bank holiday and a Sat in December. Once you get through the first gig, the other 2 fall in to place and you know in your own mind that you will get through them. That said you have to manage your performance properly, its no good going full pelt in the first 10 mins and killing yourself knowing you’ve another 50 mins to go, so song choice and energy levels have to be managed to make sure you get through it. In this business, your health is everything, you to be so careful as careers can end in a blink of an eye, Im over 30 years as a pro entertainer and count myself so fortunate to still have a voice and be fit enough to do what I do!