I loved reading the old Celtic stories growing up, and so enjoyed telling the tale of "Fionn MacCumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge", along with "Fionn MacCumhaill and the Giants Causeway". The stories went down a treat and I really enjoyed this aspect of the program as it was quite new to me. As usual, the museum generated a lovely audience and there was a group of children dancing at the front throughout the performance!
The next day we were playing at the Young at Heart Festival in Chatelheraut Park in East Kilbride. The venue was a small theatre next to the estate house, and all the seats were filled. Here, our set consisted of G&T tunes along with Irish dancing by Tina. The audience loved the tunes, stories of how the names of our tunes came about and Tina's dancing went down particularly well! Afterwards we chatted to folk as they were leaving and got very positive feedback from everyone.
The following week we played a couple of gigs celebrating St Patrick's Day. The first was out in Barrhead at Applecross Care Home. Tina had done this gig with her usual LMN partner Kristan a number of times so already knew the staff there. We were given a warm welcome and set up to play in the common room. As usual, the dancing generated lots of interest, though our tunes and stories were enjoyed too. I was even talking to a resident lady afterwards who was from Donegal!
Our next gig was the day after Patrick's Day in Edinburgh. This was an afternoon "St Patrick's Day Tea Dance" for the elderly and took place in the Festival Theatre. There was lots of tea and scones served, which I'm enjoying in this picture!
Our program was a little longer than usual. Added with our usual tunes and Tina's dancing, was some Scottish ceilidh dancing and a singalong!
We really enjoyed this performance as we had lots of people up ceilidh dancing, many joined in singing (I had distributed sheets with lyrics) and all enjoyed our own tunes and Tina's dancing. We had a great time during the break and afterwards, chatting to lots of different folk too.