Rae and George try their hand at Irish Dancing
|Performing for Sounds on the Square - Kinsale
Bill holds a mysterious package (Charles'
Daniel makes it onto the bus!
The tour continues...
Thursday July 16th
Everyone looked forward to spending a few
days in Cork, with lots to do. It was
great to have a free day and evening to explore
this lovely city on the banks of the River
Lee - many of us opting for a city tour in
an open top bus.
A traditional evening of Irish dancing was
on offer, just a short walk away, and most
of the troupe decided to participate.
Friday July 17th
Today's journey was to take us to the
small fishing village of Kinsale where we were booked for a performance as
part of 'Sounds on the Square' during the Kinsale Arts Festival. After
a leisurely start we were able to wander
around the cobbled walkways, take a boat
trip, or hop on a train out to Charles' Fort.
Evening descended, and the time for our performance
approached. For the second time this tour
we were presented with a setup challenge
-a tiny stage and 35 musicians with large,
heavy instruments to accommodate.
However, we squashed ourselves into that
space, and once again were met with a small
but appreciative audience - not to mention
a couple of tam o' shantered lads over
Saturday July 18th
Today's performance was a playout in
the main street of Cork: The Grand Parade. No setup problems, here - the Grand Parade
is a beautiful wide boulevarde. However,
as we found almost every day in Ireland,
it was bound to rain at some part of the
day - usually when we were playing. We persevered
for a while, but as the music and players
got wetter and wetter, we eventually had
to call a halt.
Another event happening in Cork that day
was an annual mile-long swim down the River
Lee. As we knew there would be plenty of
people there to entertain, we made our way
over to the finishing point and set up to
How annoying it was that 3 pieces into our
program and we had to abandon once again
because of the rain!
Following our two abandoned gigs, we had
the rest of the day and evening free, some
of us coming back to this very spot to enjoy
dinner by the River Lee.