Well our little “Folk’n Brewers”, just like the heading suggested, we made a break for the North of the country last weekend. In March 2011, we were lucky enough to share digs over the 5 Bells pub in London with a band from Monaghan called The Fuzzy Burgers. Niall, the singer with them at the time, asked us to travel to Monaghan for the day after his wedding, which would be in 2013, and provide the music for the “Day After Party”. 26.5ltrs of Magners later, we agreed to do so.The time finally came round, we all took half days from work & set off for Monaghan.
Friday night saw us playing in The Kitchen in Castleblayney town. Fantastic venue with some real live wires around. The town was a little quiet, nevertheless, we put on a show and were told at the end of the night that we would be more than welcome back.
Saturday morning arrived quickly, so after a clatter of coffee and 6 paracatamol, we collected the gear and drove across the boarder and into South Fermanagh to a wee village called Donagh. We had met these boys at a gig previously that year in Lahinch at which time they told us to come play in their local if we’re ever up that we. Now, to nickname this place as ”The Wild West” would be an understatement. I don’t think I’ve ever met such a wild bunch of people in all my life. A truly fantastic place with wonderful people and rest assured, ”The Donagh Bar” will become an annual pilgrimage for Gaelic Brew.
Sunday morning, a fountain of coffee, 8 neurofens and t’was off to Shercock in Monaghan to meet our old friend Niall from the Fuzzy Burgers. We must congratulate both himself and his wonderful new bride Ciara and wish them our most sincere best wishes in sharing their lives together. We also thank them for their kind generosity and for making us part of their wedding weekend.
To sum it all up, we have to say a massive “Thank You” to the people of Monaghan and South Fermanagh. I don’t think we could have asked for a better place to play and for better people to play for.
Check out www.facebook.com/gaelic.brew for all the mad photos of the antics we got up to.