There was anticipation as I packed my fiddle and loaded the van. St Paddy’s Day on a Monday. At least the set-up would be easy – no pushing through the crowds… Okay, so how wrong can you be?

The set-up for the first show was amidst a lunchtime crowd who were in no mood for going back to work. And they were even less inclined to go back to work once we started playing – the Guinness had nothing to do with it!

St Patricks day - Full Circle at PJ O'Reilly's

The Irish dancers provided a great middle set with some great dances to some not altogether traditional Irish tunes!

St Patricks day - Full Circle at PJ O'Reilly's

After two short sets we were packing up ready for the next show – at Filthy McFadden’s in Kingston. We had the other sound system pre-set up so I just needed to set up the lights and mic stands and we were ready for another three and a half hours.

St Patricks day - Full Circle at PJ O'Reilly's

Filthy McFadden’s was a good high energy show and the time fairly flew by.

St Patricks day - Full Circle at Filthy McFadden's

We certainly had a great time and made loads of new friends 🙂

See you all at the National Folk Festival!

Cheers
Jerry

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