As we write we are 4154 km into this crazy trip... and still a week to go! This update starts off in Gielty’s of Achill Island for the Mayo gig, Ireland’s most westerly pub, at least according to their complimentary cigarette lighter.
We didn’t even mind being interrupted by Santa Claus who flew in to present some golf awards for the annual Natives versus Visitors golf competition. Looked like it was going to be a severely miserable night for our first tent setup until we were rescued by two crazy Achill Sound sisters who bartered room & board for an seisiún cistin. Sound out girls!
On to The Widows of Belturbet for the Cavan leg of the tour, another rainy night didn’t dampen spirits. We stole a few trad fans from the festival in Cavan and got asked back. What more can you ask for? Finally a gig in the Roisin Dubh! Played support to the beautifully harmonious Mandolas in Galway City before the long drive home and our first time to see our own beds in seven days.
Back on the road and another record first for the Meanits in Antrim as we become the first live band to play the Rainbow in Belfast City. Another great crowd made us feel right at home, many thanks to Michelle and Alan for a wonderfully gay night, in all senses of the word.
After a quick sleep outside Belfast we were across to Down. We have to give a little thank you here to Donegan’s bar in Bangor for helping us get an emergency gig next door in Jenny Watts. All we wanted to do was tick Co Down off the list but we ended up having a blast up there.
Thank you Maggie for putting us on after your regular jazz band and thanks to their fans for hanging around and dancing the afternoon away with us. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay, on to Derry for our most northerly gig of the tour in the rockin’ Cellar Bar of Draperstown. After such a good response in the front bar on a Sunday night I think we’ll be taking ye up on that offer to play the main venue Ryan, cheers man.
Finally onto Armagh for our last gig in beautiful Ulster. Thanks to Kathleen in Rafferty’s/Cu Chulainn Bar for hosting us on such short notice. Looks like we will be returning for the Blues Fest, if not much sooner. We can’t wait!