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Lost Hollow UK 2018 The Vacation time. 

After C2C in March, we knew it was crazy, but we had to come back in the summer for a tour.  Over the many trips we have come, just Tom and I, we brought Anya, our oldest, our 2 oldest sons, Taylor and Kieran, but we have never brought our youngest 3.  When you have a large family of 6 kiddos, flying everyone has never been anything we have attempted to do.  That is a dream of mine for us to do a tour with all 6 of our very talented children with us…That is for another day. 

So, on this trip we decided to take the plunge, pray for money for plane tickets and gigs and bring Lily, Maggie and Rowan. 

  Maggie and Lily have flown on a plane when they were babies, so they have no recollection, and Rowan has never been on a plane.  Can you believe for our first trip with them, we flew them across the Atlantic Ocean to England??? 

We also were crazy enough to make this a 3 ½ week tour, with the first 6 days a tourist'y vacation. 

We arrived in London, packed into our car and drove to Canterbury for 2 nights.  What a lovely city.  The Canterbury Cathedrial  was just gorgeous and just enormous.  The village of Canterbury is very old and just beautiful.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there we headed to Wiltshire, to show the kids, Castle Combe and Lacock.  2 stunningly gorgeous villages. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there we finally made the drive to Cornwall!!  We are huge Doc Martin fans, so to make the pilgrimage has been on our bucket list.  We met our friend, Suzie Mac in Port Isaac, had a fab lunch.  If you've never watched the show Doc Martin, you're in for a treat.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                  Look at Tom and I at Doc Martin's house! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

These fine gents above took 'our' pic of us, but not before blessing us with a very nice selfie!  Haha!!   

From there we went to Stonehenge.  Such an amazing, ancient place filled with mystery.

 

 We also stayed in Salisbury, another very old city with a massive Cathedral and a beautiful medieval market place and village around the cathedral.  Tom and Rowan went for an explore while me and the girls took a well deserved nap. They managed to find a 700 year old pub, where Tom had a pint of his favorite Guinness, and Rowan had a Coke, of course. 

It was an fun, whirlwind jam packed 6 days!  

In the next blogs, we'll delve into week 2, starting with shows!!

 

 

Brixworth Nursery Farm Show...our best audience!  

Brixworth Nursery Farm is one of our favorite places ever. Located in Northampton, United Kingdom.  It is owned and run by our good friends Rachael and Christian. We have been good friends with them for over 10 years.  

                                        BNF is a facility for adults with special needs. How cool is that?  

Monday through Friday, some alternating days, there are about 50 clients that are at the farm. Being a farm, they have animals, chickens, goats, a horse and pony, pigs, peacock and peahen, plants, even a bug hotel, which the clients helped to build! 

The clients help tend to the animals and tend to the plants.  

 

They have an exercise room, a day room, arts and crafts, dance, movies, relaxation room, kitchen. Plus they take the clients on outings. There is so much for the clients to do.  Seriously, this facility is awesome!!!  

 

We were in the UK for the C2C Festival at the 02, we had the opportunity to sing for the clients of Brixworth Nursery Farm.

 

 Best Audience!!!  We walked in to them chanting "Lost Hollow, Lost Hollow!"  

They sang with us on our songs, such joy and enthusiasm!

We loved every minute with them!    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                We love BNF and we love the clients. 

 

                                                    We can’t wait to come back!!!

Scotland and Northampton UK May 2017 

  

Scotland is Gorgeous!!   What else can we say!  We had a great gig at the Vampos festival in Perth.  In between soundcheck and the gig we took a tour of the Scone Palace.  The artwork was insane!  After the gig we stayed in a gorgeous B&B right on Loch Lintrell. 

 

But first Coffee...

We stayed at The Lodge at Lochside, where Gareth, treated us to an amazing stay, full breakfast and let Anya make a few cups of coffee. We plan on going back next year and hopefully, playing a house concert while were making our trek back to Kirriemuir/Angus.  

 

We then made our pilgrimage to Kirriemiur, a gorgeous little village, home of the author J.M. Barrie, writer of Peter Pan, and original lead singer of AC/DC, Bon Scott.  It's also the village where Lorrie's great grandfather, William Wilkie, emigrated from.  So Lorrie and Anya took a pic in front of the house he used to live in.  Also, a pic of Lorrie's great-grand and family before he emigrated to America.  

Afterwards, we visited Glamis Castle.  Originally, the home of Elizabeth, Queen of England and Queen Mum to the current Queen, the was also the castle Where the Shakespearean Macbeth murder took place.  The castle is just breathtaking, worth a visit.  After the tour, our daughter Anya asked us to do an impromptu photo shoot in front of the castle.  You don't get backdrops like this every day! 

 

 

 


When we got back to Northampton (7 hour drive!) we got the privilege of being on the Bernie Keith Show on the BBC Radio 2, Northampton.  What a hoot he is!  I'm told he's a part time comedian as well, I can believe that!  We laughed, met his 'studio dog' Riley, and gave him some Goo Goo Clusters that we brought from Nashville. Fun times!  

 

 

 

 

A Brief catch up on Lost Hollow. 


I am quite embarrassed to say, in January, I had a LONG post that I had almost completed.  I was going to add pics to it...life took over and I, somehow, deleted the post.  
So I will bullet point our last months with Lost Hollow.
* Fall of 2015 we were able to head back to the UK and do a 2 week tour.  On this trip it wasn't just Tommy and I, we brought our 2 oldest and amazingly talented boys with us.  Taylor came with us again.  Played cajon.  Kieran, our 16 year old, came with us and played guitar and added harmonies.  What a treat it is to perform with our talented kids!!  It is a beautiful experience.  We have fallen in love with the people of England, Scotland and Ireland.  Not sure how many know, but Tommy is an Anglophile beyond!  Definitely expect us back...
* In January Tommy and I went back for a few weeks, this time it was to spend time with our very good friends Rachael and Christian.  Rachael Warwick is an amazing artist!  Tommy is producing her next album!  We tracked it in Nashville and went over to record her vocals.  Oh man, can't wait to share her music with the world!!!  
*That brings us to right now.  March 2016.  We are working on our Sophomore album.  We are very excited about it.  We will be making some fun videos to share with you over the next month.
*Have a few shows coming up.  One in Ft. Payne, Alabama and Tampa Florida. I'll be posting details.
  
  

Saturday Night up North 

Saturday we had an invite to be on The Saturday Connection radio show with Charlie McGettigan from 10-12.  Due to unfortunate circumstances with us, got a little lost and missed most of the show.  We finally found the radio station.  Made it for the last 15 minutes of the show.  Thankful to Charlie for being so gracious with the Americans!  WE LOVED this show, loved hanging with Charlie.  He really loved our music!  That makes my heart smile!!  We were on the radio show with a lovely poet, Bernadette McCarrick. 'A Swan in Flight'.  It was extraordinary to listen to her poems and then we would explain one of our songs and perform it.  The short time FLEW!  We loved every second.  Can't wait for a 2nd chance to go back and know where the heck we are going, since we will be experienced Ireland travelers and make the entire hour show with Charlie!  
Once our time was us, we chatted with Charlie and Berandette for a few minutes.  Taylor did not join us on this outing, instead he went to the flea market happening right across the street!  So we joined him when we were finished.  We did manage to pick up a Cookie Jar, out of all things for ME!  I collect them.  I can say it made the trip back to the United States and is beautifully displayed in our kitchen!  We paid 2 Euro for it, but it is priceless to me.
Headed up north after to do a gig in Castleblaney.  We made our long drive to Caslteblaney.  On the way up, our good friend and amazing photographer, Bret Pemelton had texted me.  A Instagram friend of his, actually lives outside of Caslteblaney and she wanted to come to our show.  So we were able to meet her and hang with her during our show.  This one was interesting.  It was a Saturday night show with Matt Leavy.  The crowd was ready for Saturday night dancing!  We are NOT that kind of music.  We still had a good time.  After we finished we went back to our rooms.  About 3:00 am we were awakened with 2 very drunk people trying for a 1/2 hour to get in our room.  They were determined that it was their room.  Their key did not work, but they didn't care...Ahhh the fun.  

Friday Night FUN: Ireland 

After Ramsbottoms, we got up and headed to Grange, Sliago.  Set our Sat Nav and headed out to Barry's Public House.  A very cool listening room venue.  We got there and had some time to spare while they were setting up at the venue.  We met  Tommy Rosney, from Highland Radio and he took us to the church (above) where William Butler Yeats 
is buried.  Here is a little info: The famous Irish playwright and poet was born in Dublin in 1865. His father and brother were both painters, and the young W.B. began his artistic career at the Dublin School of Art, but by his early 20s he realized his passion was not for painting but for words. During his early literary career, he was inspired by Irish folklore; later, he became influenced by (and concerned about) politics and government in Ireland. He died in France in 1939 and was originally buried there, but in 1948 his body was exhumed and his remains were buried in the Drumcliff Churchyard in Sligo, where his grandfather had been rector in the 1800s. Yeats had requested that he be buried within sight of Ben Bulben. The inscription on his headstone was written by Yeats himself, and reads: “Cast a cold Eye/On Life, on Death./Horseman, pass by.”
Then we headed back to the venue and did our sound check, went across the street and had a lovely meal.  Back to the venue.  Where we met the lovely Beverley Springer, from Highland Radio.  
People came.  It wasn't a large crowd as the next morning was the 'Darkness into Light' Race.  It is a very cool race for suicide prevention.  Starting at 4.15 am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking.  It is an annual 5km walk/run.  Celebrated it's 7th year at 80 venues across Ireland and beyond.  So, many people went to bed early, because they were signed up for the race.
Though it wasn't a huge crowd, it was one of the best crowds!  Check out these pics I "borrowed from Tommy Rosney...    
A very cool story, there was a couple there, and the woman, a nurse, went to nursing school with Beverley.  They hadn't seen each other in like 20 years, until this night.  It was a fun reunion to watch!!!  I was so glad that we were the reason that they both were there.  We and a blast getting to know them after the show.  Speaking of show.  This one was magical!  Oh my gosh, we had an amazing time!  It was one of our favorite shows!  The sad thing is, is that in looking at Facebook, I see that Barry's Public House is permanently closed.  So very sad.  Please someone fill me in on this.  I hope that it will open up again.  

Roosters and ruins...The travel continues!  

The journey continues...The next morning we met TR and he took us around Moate.  We went to a beautiful museum on the history of Irish music.  What a gorgeous place.  The ladies that run it were just lovely.  Took the time to show us around.  We can’t wait to go back on our next trip to Ireland and take in a great show!
Said our good-bye's and headed out to Portlaoise.  We set Sally Sat Nav to the pub...question was...would we find Ramsbottoms Pub.  Our pattern with the Sat Nav was not the best...There is NO way it could have been us??!!!
We ended up in a beautiful little town.  What we thought was Portlaoise, with a Ramsbottoms Pub.   Just not the right one.  Who would have known there were 2. 
Finding the wrong pub was worth the trip.  Just across the yard was this beautiful little church and a ruin next to it.   
I do have one question...I have NO idea what this statue is...If anyone can help me with this, I would much appreciate it.  After picture taking time, we headed over to Portlaoise proper.  
We found the correct pub.  Headed to our hotel then walked back to do our sound check.  Met Pam Jackson, who opened up for us, with Eamon Dunne on guitar.  Set up, ran through sound check with Tommy and Taylor.  What a fantastic gig!  We had a blast.  Such an amazing show.  Amazing audience and amazing response.  We had a few requests...One was to sing John Denver.  Thank goodness for iPhone and lyrics.  We also had a request to sing, Falling Slowly.  Very cool!  
The best part is we made new friends.  I love that we are able to make friends and gain new fans and keep in touch via FB, IG and other social media.  Keeps us connected until our next trip!

Castles and songs... 


Woke up and met up with Carmel in the Morning to get our information for our gigs.
Before we left for Moate, we took a little side trip to Malahide Castle
          

You can’t go to Ireland/England without seeing at least 1 castle!!! Wow.  It was stunning.  I’ll share some pics. I am smitten with the portrait on the right.  I have no idea who it is. There was no name... The style and colors and the emotion in the painting.  I want someone to make ME a copy of it!!  
OK, back to the castle...Our guide on the castle tour was amazing.  Tom even took some video of what he thinks was a ghost.  The guide told us there were 5 living in the castle!  Trivia: The chairs in the first pic... I don't care where you stand politically, but history was made as Ronald Regan and Margaret Thatcher held a meeting in that room and sat in those chairs.  Pretty cool.  Loved the doors.  So much character in the details of castles and buildings. Just stunning.  You know my husband was in his ELEMENT!  
Once we finished our amazing castle tour, we headed to our car, gave our hugs to Carmel and Cian and we were off on our own!
Our first gig was in Moate at  Don’s Bar.  Don is a great guy!  We loved meeting him and honored to have played at his pub!   Pete Kennedy came by to sing a few songs.  Small world story...  We had met Pete several months earlier in Nashville, at the Bluebird Café!  He is an amazing country artist traveling to Nashville to write and record, tour.  He was home, as his wife had just given birth to twins a week or so before we arrived to Ireland!  Met amazing musicians that played throughout the night.  We sang our music.  Then we were honored to have TR Dallas get up and sing for the crowd!The house band came back up and did another set and Tommy sat in and played drums on a few tunes!  After the show we sold CD’s and signed autographs.  My favorite part of the night was watching my son, Taylor, sign our poster for Don.  We hung out for a while had a great time getting to know people. 
That is one of the best parts of Ireland…the people.  They are the friendliest group of people.  Love them!!!
One last thing... Shhh, don't tell anyone, but Taylor even got to drive the car about an 1/4 or a mile to the hotel.  For a car/driving obsessed savant, that is huge!!!  So he was able to experience driving a standard car on the opposite lane!  Good thing it was 2 am and no traffic was anywhere!  (good for me not him!  He loved it!!!

Lost Hollow in Ireland! Day off...Guinness Storehouse.  


Morning started with an Irish breakfast. Took a stroll around town and snapped a few pics and had a blast! 
                           

Then we met Carmel and Cian at the train station for our short ride to Dublin. 
It was our day off and, of course, being in Ireland, for Tommy, we HAD to visit the Guinness Storehouse
Carmel is AMAZING!!!  She is always thinking ahead,  found the best, quickest way for us to get where we need to go. Totally took care of us!
The Guinness Storehouse, what a fascinating place.  We loved learning about the history of Guinness, how they are economically and environmentally conscious and how at one point were the largest employer in Ireland.  Taylor and Tom and I took a course on how to ‘properly pour’ a guinness.  Passed with flying colors and even earned a certificate, and our own pint!  We snapped 
a few pics and had a blast! 









Thanks to Carmel, we had an interview with Lawrence John from the Lawrence John Show. Click here to watch.  It was a awesome interview!  Loved Lawrence!

 Cian, Carmel's son,  was a trooper!  He was fantastic!  No way would ‘The Rowan Factor’ have been so patient on this journey! 
We spent hours at the Guinness Storehouse. 
From there we wanted to check out St James Cathedrial, because after a Guinness of course you want to go to church! 
Seriously, we had been told how beautiful it was and had to go. 
Carmel, again, got a fun ride for all of us to get there.  We took a carriage ride!  Even got Cian on the horse for a photo op!  All Cian wanted was a burger from McDonalds.  

Unfortunately, it was half seven, and the church was closed.  We had a nice walk back to the train station.  
Finally found a McDonalds for Cian, he was starving!!  Ate our food and headed back to the station and back to Malahide.
Day 2...Success!












  

Flight and 1st day in Ireland. 

Sunday Morning, May 3,  we boarded the plane for NYC, connecting to our flight to Dublin.  Tom and Taylor and I were finally on our way to Ireland! Months of planning, coming to fruition!    We had our plan.  Once on the plane in NYC, sleep on the flight.  Tommy was out, no problem sleeping.  I, watched the first of 3 movies, then made myself try to sleep, you know, as well as one can on a plane.  Taylor slept as much has he could.  He is not a good sleeper.  We arrived in Dublin at 6:50 AM.  Rented our car.  (Yes, Tommy drove all over Ireland.)  We included a Sat Nav (GPS).  (On our first trip to England,  years ago, we didn’t rent a Sat Nav. Didn't want to pay the extra money...We went “Old School” and used an actual map!  Yea, we learned from that.  When driving in foreign country…rent a “Sat Nav”!!)  
 
   
Our first day itinerary, drive up North to Shane’s Castle, Antrim,to do a few songs with “Uncle” Hugo Duncan, on his radio show on BBC Ulster. 
We left the airport,  first drove to Malahide, to meet Carmel Manion,  Jump the Moon PR, the amazing woman that put this entire Ireland trip together. 
We met at a quaint little restaurant and had our first full Irish Breakfast., met Carmel and her very cool son Cian.  He is the same age as our son Rowan.We chatted up a storm, she filled us in on our trip details, gave us our paperwork and after breakfast we were on our way!
The drive was a little stressful. 
First of all, Tom had to get used to driving on the opposite side of the road!  That was stressful for Taylor and I!!   I attempted, for over 30 minutes, to put the 'Shanes Castle' address in our Sat Nav.  It would not accept it.  It would immediately recalculate and ONLY want to take us back to the Dublin Airport.  What???  Fortuantely, we had an actual road map of Ireland from the Rental company.  So, once again, we went “Old School” to get to our first gig.
We made it in time, met our friend and fantastic country artist, Justin McGurk
He and Tommy have been ‘cyber’ musician friends.  How amazing is it to meet our cyber friends in person!! I love it!  We had a blast singing for “Uncle” Hugo"s radio show    
He is fantastic.  Quite a character. 
Then we strolled around the festival for a while, walked around the ruins of Shane’s Castle,had a little lunch, then had an interview with Sean Green.  Got back in our car and with our road map, drove back to Malahide. 

It was an awesome, long first day!!!