A CLASSICAL guitarist, who might not even be playing music but for the recession forcing him back to his first love, is set to play the Spirit Store Wednesday week.
Pat McGoldrick has received near universal acclaim for his brand of classical guitar playing which he hopes bridges the bounds and indeed the typical audience for the genre.
“I like to connect with people. Typically classic guitar playing can be a artist playing infront of an audience before they shuffle off into the night. For me music has always been about connecting with people.”
Pat’s music has received rave reviews, and has spread far and wide with social media winning the Dublin guitarist acclaim from fans of all ages and musical backgrounds.
“I’d describe myself as a cross over artist, and I’m looking forward to gigging at the Spirit Store. It’s in process of being developed and that’s definitely an exciting thing for a musician.”
Pat has played Dundalk before and has quite a connection with the town and its music fans.
“I’ve always had a great time playing in Dundalk. It’s a town that has always been good to me. I’ve played at the AV Theatre and the Town Hall, and I’d also like to play the Green Church. I’ve also been on LMFM and Dundalk FM. The people of Dundalk are very musical and I’ve definitely had a connection with the town.”
Pat has had a busy and industrious year, with appearances on The Late Late Show and his videos on youtube have gone viral, seeing the guitar virtuoso get requests to play in both the US and Europe. He is also the first guitarist to sell out the John Field room in the National Concert Hall twice.
His music appeals to all ages and for people who the average classical guitarist might send to sleep.
Pat has achieved acclaim for his unique sensitive and expressive style in his playing and with a solid technique has a full command of the instrument. Pat has played at many festivals throughout the country and continues to play at corporate and private functions where his music provides excellent ambience for the occasion.
Yet, if it wasn’t for the downturn in the economy, Pat might be lost to music.
“I played music as a young man but in the late eighties I gave it up to get a “real job”, in carpentry. That business went belly up in the recession and I returned to my roots as it were.”
It seems that it has worked out for him.
Pat McGoldrick plays the revamped Spirit Store on Wednesday 19 December from 8pm onwards.