Last Friday marked a highlight in the musical career of Gerry Quinn, a native of Killoe and Longford Association Life President, Dublin. On that night, Gerry, accompanied by a number of dancers and other musicians, took to the stage of the Late Late Show.
“I never thought at this stage of my life I would be on the Late Late Show,” said Gerry speaking to the Leader. Gerry received the invitation because he is part of the group ‘The Irish House Party’, a group which was developed by his two sons, Declan and Eugene.
“The group has developed over the last year or two and currently play in the Lansdowne Hotel and the Merchants’ Arch in Temple Bar,” said Gerry. “The lads (Declan and Eugene) were always interested in traditional music but probably more upbeat that what I would be used to. When we played the pubs a lot of tourists were interested in how it all started and it was from there that the lads got the idea to set up the Irish House Party.”
During the Irish House Party performance, a meal is served followed by invitations to join the group on stage for a song or indeed a dance.
“I’m what is known as the elder statesman of the group,” said Gerry, who plays button key accordian. “I play regularly with the lads but not all the time.”
It was during one of these nightly sessions that a researcher from RTE spotted the group and asked them for their contact details.
“The researcher was very impressed with us. Then last Friday week we got a call and of course we took up the offer to appear on the show,” he said. “We were told that we would have three and a half minutes, so we got three acts into the three minutes – a song (The Rocky Road to Dublin), a reel and a brush dance. It was very exciting and I was completely thrilled.”
Just as exciting was what happened afterwards. The Wanted, who also appeared on the Late Late Show on Friday night, joined the Quinn brothers in a jamming session of ‘Glad You Came’. This session can be seen on www.youtube.com
“I can’t believe the Facebook reaction we are getting to our Late Late Show appearance,” said Gerry. “There are Longford people from all over the world contacting us. Technology is really amazing, and it’s amazing how happy they were to see us on the Late Late Show.”
The Irish House Party, who plan to come to Longford in the near future, will be touring the US in January of next year. More info on the band: www.theirishhouseparty.com