ROW80 – Sundays, music, coffee and reviews

Hello folks, this is my first Sunday Update for ROW80 Round 1 in 2015.

I’ve had a really busy week at work, pulled several hours overtime (on some cases I did more overtime than contractual hours) and I still have a huge pile of work left for tomorrow.

But I want to start off with an In Memoriam, because I lost my granddad Helmut seven years ago today and I miss him more than ever. I can’t believe it’s been so long.

Since Thursday I haven’t written a short story or chapter, but then again I have been writing long articles on this blog including my reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris as well as a new blog hop I’ve signed up for called Weekend Coffee Share or “If We Were Having Coffee…” which I really like. As both of these are longer than 1.000 words (and my chapters/shorts are 500 words on average, I am counting these posts as part of my creative writing.

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Quick interview with: Róisín O

Irish musician Róisín O opened for the New York Gospel Stars in Solingen on Friday night. Yet, for many of the audience members she stole the show.

The 26-year-old girl from Dublin took to the stage with a guitar, keyboard and a crystal clear voice with an impressive vocal range. She played songs from her debut album The Secret Life of Blue which was released in 2012 and reached #21 in the Irish Album Charts, as well as a few newer songs like  Word-Strong.

Next to her musical talents and voice, Róisín O surprised and delighted the German audience with speaking German while explaining her upcoming tour. Not many performers would have bothered to learn a few sentences in another language, and audience definitely appreciated it.

The singer, whose full name is Róisín O’Reilly, is no stranger to the stage, which is evident when you see her perform. She’s the daughter of Irish folk singer Mary Black and the sister of Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas and has performed at venues world-wide.

I managed to grab her for a minute at the interval to have a quick but lovely chat while she was signing autographs.

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