LOCAL songwriter Don Mescall returns to Limerick, fresh from his recent tilt at Eurovision glory, for a very rare hometown gig this Friday night, performing Upstairs in Dolan’s.
The Ahane native, who has carved out an incredibly successful career for himself writing songs for the likes of The Backstreet Boys, Ronan Keating, Boyzone, Clay Aiken and the High Kings, has rekindled his solo career off the back of his recent entry in the Eurosong competition, performing the well received ballad, ‘Talking With Jennifer’, which he wrote with Ronan Hardiman of Lord of the Dance fame.
“We got a lot of positive feedback on the song, it was unbelievable, and that is why I am back out doing gigs,” says Don with his trademark honesty, taking a quick break from recording with none other than Paul Brady.
“Basically, the feedback was unreal and it is on radio station playlists, they keep playing it. The song seems to have a good life, which is great. I really did enjoy it honestly, I met some great people. I think it was inevitable when Jedward were entered (that they would win) from a voting point of view and we knew that, but that still doesn’t stop you from putting forward your best side.”
Mescall has established himself as a go-to songwriter in Nashville, rising to the cream of local songwriters in the country music capital of the world, and has been partly responsible as a songwriter for sales of more than 5 million records worldwide.
Since releasing his debut album “Innocent Run” in 2006, his reputation as a songwriter has continued to rise, with his songs being snapped up by a diverse range of top pop, country, folk and even classical artists and reaching the top of the charts on international shores.
But the down-to-earth Limerick man loves nothing more than performing in his hometown.
“It is, very rare to play at home and I am looking forward to it, because I get to see all my family,” he laughs. “The guest list gets completely ridiculous! But I love coming back to play, because it is a great way of trying out new material and that is what you do, you try out new songs and Limerick will tell you very quickly whether they like it or they don’t,” he adds.
Don is promising to play lots of new material and older favourites and will be joined by John Fitzgerald on piano and his niece, Lisa Kenny, on harp, as well as opening the show. The gig takes place this Friday Upstairs in Dolan’s, doors are at 8pm.