Smithwicks Kilkenny Roots Festival performance

Well well well it's all over and how did it go for us?
Wonderful folks just wonderful. The atmosphere, the kind words from listeners, and the overall sense of being a part of something special.

Saturday myself and Pedro, our loveable graphic designer/pr/cd seller, arrived at the River Court Hotel ( our base for the Fest) and after some tasty pints to settle in we headed off to His Golden Messenger. As I stood there watching such a brilliant set, which included a bonus guest appearance by Amanda Shires, it hit me "holy shit" we are playing this festival we love.

We had tickets for Charlie Parr who unfortunately had to cancel so we headed for some of the free trail gigs. As I flicked through the festival booklet I realised we were first up on Sunday...eek!

So it came to 2pm the next day in The Playright and the people came and the people listened and I think they may have even enjoyed it! For me it was my first time singing the classic Big Iron, which is my dads party piece so was worried about doing it justice. Despite my best efforts to take someone's eye out throwing free CDs out to the crowd everyone survived the gig!

10:30pm and Marble City got some Needables action (but not before we squeezed in a excellent Amanda Shires set). The crowd was smaller then earlier but just as positive and we had a ball and got some good contacts about gigs in UK so watch this space!

The music did not end there though as the residents bar was rocking back at the hotel including some folk that caught our show so we ended up playing a few improv tunes and drinking the night away!

So thank you the helpful and kind staff at both The Playright and Marble City.

Thank you John Cleere and all at the Festival it was amazing and we hope to scab some more festival time in the future!

Finally thanks to all that came to the show.

Beat