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Out of the blue yesterday I got a text from my good friend Ted McKenna reminding me of our amazing day in Belfast in 91.We were promoting ‘Internal Exile’ and miming the single on ‘Kelly’, a hugely popular TV chat show hosted by the legendary Gerry Kelly. Ted was on the drum kit that day as he’d performed on the ‘Exile’ album. It was a nice wee promotional jolly and a rare chance to visit Northern Ireland.
It would turn out to be one of the most memorable and enjoyable TV shows I ever worked on as the guests on the day were all legends that I could only but be in awe of.
Both Ted and I were jaw dropped when we were in the Green Room mingling with the others and I could have stayed there all night in their company. Michael Bentine, June Whitfield and Norman Wisdom were outstanding and put me completely at ease. They were absolutely charming and as you’d expect so funny with no airs or graces.
Russ Conway and Los Paraguayos were equally magnificent company and it was a genuine honour to share a stage with these legendary musicians even though we were miming! 🙂
To be in the presence of such genuine stars was truly humbling and I remember thinking at the time that I wished my parents had been there. One of those special days when you feel lucky to be alive and privileged to do what you do.