The sun shone on the last day of summer, although the beach was not meant to be - this time. But where logistics can fail us, art never does. On Sunday 31st July, La Mansarda migrated last minute to the wonderful setting of MVP, an eclectic pub nestled by the canal that generously allowed the show to go on. And go on it certainly did.
By the time the first name was pulled from a hat to welcome the art to begin, a crowd had grown that lined the space from wall to wall - with an abundant energy fit for the night that was to come. Seán Healy set the tone with a beautiful acoustic performance. The enigma that is Freddy Black and The Hotel Mosaic followed - who managed to both move us with raw musical emotion and bring the crowd to their dancing feet. Poet Caoimhe Weakliam (that’s me), brought some evocative words to rest the crowd before Balfolk took over. This group joined multiple instruments in harmony whilst leading the way in a dancing session. The craic was mighty. And finally, the unbeatable Mjeam music accompanied by the band left us with some absolute groovy belters.
Chats and sing songs were had, books were shared, art was let flow without boundaries. All the while raising money to support the local artists and a very worthy charity. The beach will have us some day, but this magical Sunday spent singing and laughing in the upstairs lounge in MVP is not one I will forget.
This blog is written by members of the La Mansarda community who have participated in our events both as performers and audience members. So, dive in and experience the unique perspectives of those who make up our vibrant community.