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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!  

 

 

 

 

Album... 

Amazing songwriters have joined us and 'A' Team Nashville Studio players/family are playing on our 2nd album!  Tommy has finished mixing our new album and it is now being 'mastered'.  This new records is awesome!   We have grown as a band, we have lots of 'new' stories to tell on this new CD!  Love our new music!   Can't wait to share this with all!  Soon.  Very soon.  

Whealans Gig, Dublin 

 
One of my favorite gigs of the entire trip was getting to play at Whelan,s (pronounced like wheel) in Dublin.  For those of you who aren't familiar, Whelan's is the coolest indie music club/pub.  For me personally (this is Tom writing this blog) this was a really big deal, because Glen Hansard, and the Frames are from Dublin.  If you aren't familiar with Glen Hansard or the Frames, then check out the movie Once.  I promise you, you'll fall in love with it.  Whealan's is also the club where Ed Sheeran played quite a bit.  So naturally I was very excited to play this room.  
Tommy, Graham, Lor, and Taylor

Tommy, Graham, Lor, and Taylor




When we got there we were helped by Graham, who was one of the nicest people we've ever met.  Graham is one of those rare people who is always happy, always smiling, and was a huge help.  Taylor particularly loved the fireplace, being that Ireland is sometimes chilly, he pretty much stood in front of that for a while.  I of course of was happy with a pint of Guinness. 

We had the amazing Kathy Crinion and Justin McGurk open the show for us.  They were both fantastic!  Our set was truly magical.  

The room sounded amazing and it all went down beautifully.  This night was our very first Irish standing ovation and request for an encore.     From an artist standpoint, this is all you can ask for.  To emotionally touch people to the point where they ask for more when you're done.  Thank you Dublin and Whelan's!!  

One other side note.  We couldn't think about coming to Ireland and not learning some Irish music.  Lor did an amazing rendition of Danny Boy, I was going to try and sing harmonies, but I just got in the way, she was way to good and I felt like I was just a distraction.  We also learned 'Fallen Slowly' by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.  Graham was so sweet, when he found out we were doing the song, he texted Glen and inviting him to come out.  Glen was under a deadline, but graciously told Graham to say hello and thank you. That made the day even sweeter!!  I made Graham forward that text!!!  We are so looking forward to coming back to Dublin and Whelan's next trip!  If you are ever there, Whelan's is a must visit.  


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.