Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!!!
Firstly, I would like to apologise for the delay in getting this up… Wow, it only seems like yesterday since I wrote my last blog…we’re so busy at the moment I don’t even know what day it is! We are not complaining however…we love it!
Last Friday week 29th July we headed out to The Ranchers Return in Coon Co. Kilkenny to play for Sinead Meaney’s 18th Birthday Party. This was a gig we had been looking forward to… When we arrived the party was already well underway with the DJ playing some cracking tunes to a full dance floor! We started where the DJ had left off keeping her lively… It was so hot that we kept the back door wide open behind us! On a personal note, it was great to see and chat to Aishling Holohan and all the Shores (especially BIG Sheila!) …It was a great night enjoyed by all and the very best of luck to Sinead in the future…see you in 3 years for your 21st!!!!!
On Saturday night we had the pleasure of playing in The Orchard Suite in Hotel Kilkenny for the wedding of Ciara Davis & Gary McCaul. These two families were very welcoming to us…thanks for the few pints Tom! This was a great gig to play in the intimate function room and I believe it was one of our tightest gigs we have ever played! The dance floor was full all night…one of the highlights for me was on our last song…Little Lion Man, the DJ who was about to start did a remix of “Everyday I’m shuffling!” into the instrumental…Pure Genius! We are not your obvious wedding band but I believe everyone had a great time! It is clear to me that Ciara and Gary are madly in love with each other and I would like to wish them the very best for the future!
On Sunday we had two gigs, first in Egan’s Bar John Street and then onto Napper Tandy’s Stradbally. There was a nice crew in Egan’s with a few lads nursing hangovers from the Aviva Stadium the night before…Celtic were playing Inter Milan in the Dublin Super Cup. Our gig in Stradbally was in conjunction with the local steam rally. We were out the back in the lounge…Brendan was worried about numbers being down from last year, I don’t think so!!! The place was jammers and we rocked it out of it with a good few lively numbers…The Best part of the night for me was when Damian sang “The Town I Loved So Well”…this song holds a very special place in the hearts of the community in Stradbally and as Christy Moore would say…”You could hear a pin drop at the back of the hall!”.
Our new Monday night madness sessions in Egan’s hit a new “high note!” last Monday with a MASSIVE crowd… 80 people there according to Sam Ryall! We also had a new musician on the whistle… Gerry from Cavan was down in Kilkenny for a few days with his wife and had seen our poster and he decided to come along. A pure gentleman and what a great whistle player! He really added a lot to our night…Thanks Gerry! Other memorable performers were Tracey O’Sullivan singing “Jar of Hearts” and a wonderful debut to Nicole Meaney singing “Too lost in you”… our few mins of practice really paid off ladies…WELL DONE! It was great to hear our good friend Sharon Dwyer singing too…It was my first time to hear Sharon sing…a great version of “Irish Soldier Laddie”
Tuesday night we were back in Paris Texas again…This gig has been fantastic for us…We’re playing a lot of new songs to a fresh audience every week… I’m really enjoying these gigs as the venue is a dream to perform in…The stage, the sound, and the atmosphere is something special.
We are meeting a lot of new people…and Last Tuesday night was no different! Question: What do you get when you mix 4 mad young men from Fermanagh + 5 crazy female school teachers = A GREAT PARTY! A big Thanks to Pat and the entire bar staff in Paris Texas for making us feel so welcome. I would like to thank our Kilkenny Merchandise Manager Laura Gaffney and her P.I.C. (partner in crime) Sharon for their continued great work selling our CD & DVDS…T-shirts, hoodies, Wrist-bands, Key-rings all on the way…YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!
Last weeks Thirsty Thursday in Lanigan’s was another special night…We got to meet up and play with a good friend of ours…Santa Bob Mitchell. We first met Bob in Newcastle last February when another friend Alan Kelly invited us over to Tyneside to play a few gigs. We have since kept in touch via facebook and I was delighted to hear of him coming to Kilkenny… Santa as he’s called (I wonder why!) is one of those genuinely nice, happy people who put a smile on your face…a true character, great bodhrán player and always has a story to tell!
Right…That’s me done for another month… Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and hopefully I’ll see you again soon. The next time I’ll be blogging from Orlando!!
Slán go Foill