If you were wondering why I’m taking so long to blog St Patrick’s day, it wasn’t because of the Guinness – it’s just that it is only today I have stopped aching after two very energetic shows totalling six hours of playing with a complete sound system breakdown and setup in between!
I put on my pedometer – reset to zero – on the morning of St Pat’s day, and I took a photo when I took it off in the evening:
Now that is a lot of bounding around on stage!
We started off at PJ O’Reilly’s in Civic (Canberra Australia) playing from 1.30-4.30pm
The wireless sound system is great to use – it allows much more freedom of movement than if we were plugged in to the sound system through standard leads – as you can see I danced around so much my legs just faded away!
And we played for some Irish dancers from a local Irish dance school
The audience were a great crowd and all too soon we had to pack up in a rush and head over to Filthy McFadden’s in Kingston (Canberra, Australia) and set up in time to start playing from 5.30-8.30pm.
Filthy’s is another great venue – more intimate, with many nooks and crannies, despite being quite a good sized pub. It certainly kept our sound engineer busy as the dynamics would change as the composition of the crowd changed.
The audience was very enthusiastic and many got up to dance. The bar was lined up five deep for most of the night and we kept ourselves lubricated with light beer throughout both shows so we wouldn’t end up Patrickly Sainted! But I did allow myself a good pint of the Guinness at the end of the evening once our work was done and we could relax and take in the band that followed us. They were a mainly covers band and did not get as enthusiastic a response as we did 🙂
Anyhow it was a great day and as the Irish say – great craic!