That time I met Mitch Winehouse!

So there I was one Friday night in March in Jazz After Dark in Soho, in a bar that Amy sang in all time time, even when she was famous! It’s the cutest smallest little jazz bar ever. I didn’t even know that Amy had loved it there too until after it was booked! She had great taste! I had dinner there, drank beer like a man and on my way out the door I OH so randomly bumped into Amy’s Dad,  Mitch Winehouse as he was coming in the door and I was walking out! My boyfy and his friend had already exited the bar and were waiting for me to come out. Well they’d be waiting a while…

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There’s the G&T!!

Well I didn’t actually leave the bar as I was too shell shocked that it was Mitch as I greeted him like he was my long lost father! Defo must have thought he knew me with my wild reaction!! He then offered for me to sit at his table and asked if I wanted a drink. I had been drinking beer like a man all night but when Mitch asked what I wanted.. ‘Oh a G&T Mitch thank you’.. cause I’m so lady like and all! He told me how Amy loved that place and would always go there and go around talking to everyone (woman after my own heart!) Then boyfy (still outside) got a bit concerned, looked in the window and saw me with a random man, drinking a G&T! Concerned that I was having an affair he returned inside still throwing dagger looks… He didn’t realise it was Mitch so then Mitch bought him a drink too!

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I was so shocked I was talking to Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s Dad, that I couldn’t get my words out!! I’m sure he either thought I was nuts or some sort of crazed Irish person, ‘no Mitch seriously, like, seriously’.. Morto!

I read the Guardian yesterday when Mitch was talking about the new sculpture that will be in Camden for all fans to visit!

‘”It’s personal to the family but it is also very important for her fans. We wanted to do something like this to give the fans a focal point to remember her and pay their respects,” he said.

“They were always wonderful but after she passed away they kept us all going and it’s important that we repay them in some way, and this sculpture is some small way of us repaying their kindness and their love.”


I’m so happy I got the chance to meet Amy’s Dad, felt like I met a little bit of Amy, such a lovely lovely man. Thanks Mitch for being so lovely and for the G&T!



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Jenny Conlon is a broadcast, freelance journalist, writer and fashion and entertainment critic. Her work has featured on the RTÉ. fashion and entertainments website. She has assisted production of RTÉ's Morning Ireland and The Business. Jenny produced and presented a weekly fashion and entertainment show Girls Talk Back on 103.2 Dublin City Fm and was Newsreader and Editor of the newsroom. Her work continues to feature in Irish publications such as The Irish Tatler, U magazine and The Dubliner. Jenny completed her Masters in International Journalism in 2009. She is looking forward to a jam packed 2012 where she will continue broadcasting and writing and being inspired. She will be modelling for a high street fashion shoot and plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.....

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