Gay's first appearance as a solo artist was a small spot at the End of Summer Fest, a charity fundraiser at Murphy's Hotel, Tinahely, Co.Wicklow in Ireland in front of about a hundred people. Her backing band for the event was a group of traditional Irish musicians called Rogaire Dubh (or Black Rogue).
Originally intending to play three numbers, she was called back to the stage twice and ended up playing seven. She opened with the old Steeleye classic
The Water Is Wide and then sang Old Maid In the Garrett, The Old Turf Fire, I Wish That I Never Was Wed from their back catalogue. In addition, there was a new one (title kept secret !) and a Country and Western cover, You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone. The highlight of the performance was an encore of
The Connemara Cradle Song. Gay was pleased with the reception for the old Spanners songs because, as she said "my profile here is so different. Nobody has really seen me playing with Steeleye Span. The would know me more from Auto Da Fe. Only people my age would remember me with Steeleye."
Overall the gig was a success and Gay loved it. Afterwards she described how good it was to play live,"I enjoyed it immensely, just playing with four musicians accoustically. They were a mixed audience. There was always kids running around. I love that, it's why I love playing in Ireland actually. There were four little girls who made a ring of roses to dance whilst I was singing. I don't mind that in the slightest, it was just a sort of family day out."