We’ve had a brilliant time at Celtic Connections over the past two and a half weeks. On Friday 30th January we played our gig in the Piping Centre supporting Mary Bergin, Kevin Conneff and John Doyle. The gig went really well and we really enjoyed playing our sets with Paul Mc Clure on bodhrán. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us, we really appreciate it.
The same night we went on to play at the Late Night Sessions in the concert hall and then later on to play at the Festival Club in the Art School. It was a fantastic night and we loved playing in all three venues.
Thanks to Alistair Cassidy for taking these fantastic photos of us at the Festival Club. You can see more of them on our photos page.
We were out on the beautiful Scottish island of Islay this weekend playing at a fantastic folk music festival called The Islay Sessions. We headed out on the boat from Kennacraig on Friday lunchtime with all the other artists who were also performing over the weekend. We landed into Port Askaig around 3pm and we headed up to the Port Charlotte Hotel which was the central base for the weekend. After a lovely dinner provided by the hotel we headed off to Laphroaig where we joined pupils from Islay High School for a wee concert and ceilidh which was lovely. What fantastic young musicians and singers Islay has! After the ceilidh it was back to the Port Charlotte where there was a fired up music session in play.
Saturday morning saw an early start for a number of us who were leading workshops at Islay High School. Gráinne was teaching fiddle and Tina was teaching piano. We had a great time with the young students there and they all came together at the end to perform a song and some tunes that they had learned that day.
We then headed along to the hall at Bruichladdich for sound checks ahead of the evening’s Grand Concert. After another good feed from the hotel we were back at the hall for the concert. We opened the concert with a set which we really enjoyed. It was then on to some beautiful Gaelic songs and piano accompaniment from Fiona Dunn & Shona Masson. Then there was some fantastic tunes on pipes, whistle, fiddle and guitar from the Ali Levack Trio. A short interval and then we heard the Rebecca Brown Trio with fiddle, guitar, banjo and song, some more songs from Fiona & Shona then followed and the concert ended with the brilliant Tyde on accordion, fiddle and guitar. It was then back to the hotel where there were more fantastic tunes happening. Here’s a pic of us from the concert.
Sunday was a day for more sessions and enjoying a bit of sun. We got a few photos done outside, taken by our friend Emma Tomlinson, which we’re really looking forward to seeing and sharing with you soon. A final good feed and another session saw the end to a fantastic festival. We were all very tired on the journey home on Monday but we had had a fantastic weekend. A big thanks to Fraser Shaw for organising the musicians and getting us along to play and thanks to Graham at the hotel who made sure we were very well looked after. Hooray for the Islay Sessions!
On Thursday last week we flew over to Ireland for our G&T Irish mini tour. We started on Thursday evening playing at the Cafe Sessions in Cavan. What a fantastic wee venue to play in. We also loved hearing My Fellow Sponges who were also playing that night. We then stayed at Gráinne’s family home and enjoyed lots of lovely food.
On the Friday we travelled to Dublin where we played the session in the Cobblestone which was great fun. Bumped into a few friendly faces which was nice too.
Saturday saw us in a rehearsal with fantastic bodhrán player Paul Mc Clure as he was due to join us on stage that evening. This was our first time playing with Paul and we really enjoyed it. We then all went back to Gráinne’s sister’s flat where we had yet more lovely food before heading out to The Seamus Ennis Centre for our evening gig.
We were absolutely over the moon to be supporting the brilliant Dick Gaughan at the Seamus Ennis Centre. We opened the night with a 40 minute set and Paul joined us for all sets apart from a slow tune. It was fantastic to have Paul playing with us and we’d like to say a big thanks to him.
The Seamus Ennis Centre is a great spot to play in, a lovely intimate venue. After our set we were talking to Dick Gaughan backstage and he was giving us high praises and asked for our CD which we were delighted to give him. Then on stage he said something about us which we are really chuffed about and we’re so happy to be able to use it as a quote from now on (we did ask):
“It’s very rare you hear something that makes you go: ‘Wow! That’s totally original.'”
We are very excited to be going over to Ireland in October where we have three dates in the diary. On October 9th we will be playing in Gráinne’s homeland of Cavan at the Cafe Sessions. On the 10th we’ll travel to Dublin where we will be playing in the Cobblestone, if anyone is around Dublin and fancies a tune that evening then do come and join us 🙂 October 11th will see us play in the Seamus Ennis Centre, The Naul, Dublin where we will be supporting the legend that is Dick Gaughan.
9th October – Cafe Sessions, Cavan, Ireland
10th October – The Cobblestone, Dublin, Ireland
11th October – Seamus Ennis Centre, The Naul, Dublin, Ireland (supporting Dick Gaughan)
We are delighted to have a new website up and running. We’ve been working very hard with our music and we thought it was about time to have a website to tell everybody about all the musical things we are getting up to. There will be news, music, gigs etc all posted on the website so make sure to have a look often 🙂