We hit the city for two days with two gigs and lots of madness!
Floyd had once again sorted our accommodation for free but this time he went all out and booked us in the Lyrath Country House...very swanky!!
So on our first night we decided to get some practice in back in the room and after 15 mins along came the dreaded knock on the door. We knew it was a complaint for playing music in the room, so I promptly hid in the bathroom while Floyd took the mission to apologise! As Floyd prepared to launch into his defensive plea he was handed a bucket with complimentary champagne from the hotel and a note hoping we enjoy our stay...again!!! Not sure what name Floyd used to get us in but let's say the rehearsals went down hill from there!!!
Roll on Sunday and the Playright as our first gig at 2pm. The staff now know us from previous years so there was an element of comfort as I served myself behind the bar!!! They were so helpful it just made us feel right at home and so we kicked off to a great turn out (one of the first gigs that day) which included some familiar faces that saw us last year which was lovely to see! What I love most about this festival is the involvement you get from the crowds. Always genuinely interested to hear you play.
So roll on The Marble City gig at 10:30pm Sunday and though the crowd was not as big as earlier it was still full of music loving folks who got into everything we played...even my melodica solo! I got told by a lovely lady called Fiona that she recognised me from my boots, I was very pleased with that!
So another year and again so any new stories and friends. A massive thank you to Kilkenny Roots Festival and the Playwright and the Marble City folks for letting us be a part of this great event.