Who would ever think those famous opening words from Jimi Hendrix “Welcome to My Church of Blues” would ever come true? Of course we all know that here in Ireland anything is possible and that’s exactly what will be happening at the former church, Saint George’s Arts & Heritage Centre in Mitchelstown on Friday July 1st – the debut of Ireland’s newest blues club! The Church Blues club who have adopted Saint George’s as their spiritual home.
Jimi Hendrix won’t be there in person on the night, but there will be moments in time when you will swear that he is there on stage in spirit as you are captivated by Dublin born and bred guitar wizard Gerry Quigley & his band The Mystic Blues band.
This debut show will be a special fundraiser for the Saint George’s restoration project. The Church Blues Club’s Australian founder Sharon Quigley (who is based nearby in Co.Cork) had a vision to create a blues club in Ireland for quite a few years, inspired by the prestigious Perth Blues Club Western Australia where her
Irish husband Gerry Quigley is an honorary life member, but only if and when the time was right.
Sharon’s vision for The Church Blues club is to support Saint George’s and the local community by providing a meeting place for good friends and place for making new friends, for all who have a shared enjoyment of live music. In particular the best of the blues which is a highly versatile genre very easy to listen to and enjoy, and suitable for the interest of people of all ages.
The Church Blues Club will return to Saint George’s every two months on the first Friday of that month, or more often by demand. Extra shows may also be scheduled throughout the year on demand, when international touring blues artists request to play on other dates. There is already great interest from international blues bands.