The first of a three-week tour of Ireland and the UK have brought us stunning scenery, friendly people and delicious food! We spent our first 6 shows in Ireland & Northern Ireland, chasing down a fluffy sheep for a photo-op and trying enough different kinds of shepherd's pie - and Guiness draught for that matter - to start a food blog!
Our first show was at Rathfriland's Bronte Music Club (of the Bronte Sisters) - a gorgeous old deconsecrated church now used for concerts and special events. Burning candle chandeliers set the scene and the show was recorded for later broadcast by BBC radio Ulster! We played Thursday at the Island Arts Center in Lisburn - a fancy little performing arts center complete with a fog machine. Local singer Catherine McGrath opened the show - what a voice!
Clonmel World Music is a fantastic monthly series held at Raheene House, and these music lovers have perfected the art of tasteful heckling. We had such fun bantering back and forth with the crowd; we think we gave as good as we got. :) Thank you Jerry and Martha and Paddy! The Whitehorse Inn in Ballincollig is a great pub/restaurant/venue with delicious food and a wonderful staff. In response to some dismay over the sold-out monkfish our waiter replied: "There is no more monkfish in the sea, life's full of disappointments." Thanks to some special fans who travelled far to see us here - one flew in from Paris!
Sunday night we had a great crowd at Venue Theater in Ratoath, with fantastic sound, a delicious house made dinner and our second standing ovation. Monday night the die-hard music fans turned out to the Balor Theatre in Ballybofey, there were musicians as well as folks who'd traveled to the show on the recommendation of friends. Over and over again at our shows people told us they'd come out because of our early morning appearance on RTE's John Murray show. Turns out, it's well worth waking up at 5am for a national radio spot!
The biggest, heartiest, happiest thanks goes to our booking agent and tour manager Andy Peters, who tirelessly drives us around, wrestles with our giant suitcases, and generally sees to our every need.
Stay tuned for more adventures and thanks for checking in!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie