FIVE gigs and 540 miles later and we are just 1/8th of the way through the tour... 32 counties in one month is much smaller in print! The week was off to a flying start after a stormer of a gig in The Harbour Bar, Co Wicklow.
Thanks to the Laois and Scottish contingents for coming all the way to Bray to send us off so brilliantly! Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed we headed off to Boyle’s of Slane the following day to be greeted by the anxiously waiting papperazzi from the Irish Times (thanks Brenda) and even more loyal fans from the home county!
Two great gigs in the bag later we set off for our neighbouring County Offaly to play the beautifully chilled-out Castlepalooza Festival. Our performance there was recorded then broadcast on the John Murray show on Radio 1 Monday morning... We could get used to this!
Naturally because our home county is so special to us we decided to do two gigs in the same day in Laois on August 6. The Scarecrow Competition in Durrow was a blast. A brilliant idea for a festival and great warmup for our hometown extravaganza. We were absolutely delighted to be a part of it. Straight after the slot in Durrow it was off to Kavanagh’s in Portlaoise for a sound check with Joe “the Sound” Salmon. A massive thank you to everyone who came to support us and party with us on the Laois leg of the tour... the most enjoyable gig so far.
Thanks also to the wonderful James O’ Connor for playing support to us in Portlaoise and to Alan Connor for the photography.
After some brief recovery time we set out to cover our county Westmeath leg of the tour the next day in The Stables in Mullingar, a legendary venue that we’re already looking forward to returning to play in. Right now we’re home from the Stables and home from home, fighting sleep, typing this as the sun begins to come up in a farmhouse in Leitrim, just a few hours away from a gig in a Monaghan... Phew... Onto week two.