On 17th May Celtic connections played for an Irish Wedding here in Malta. One of the groom's friends was a bodhran player who had spent many hours in sessions in Ireland with our low whistle player Anne. As a present to the couple, he asked us to do an hour's set for them during the drinks after the ceremony, while everyone waited for the reception proper.
As most of the guests were Irish, there was much stamping of feet and singing along to the tunes, but the guest who seemed to enjoy it most was a 2 year old who danced to every single one of our tunes, with much amusement and delight all round. The band was joined by Mark, the groom's friend on Anne's bodhran and all in all it was a great success.
We were a bit concerned to begin with that we'd be playing in a carpeted room having had acoustic disasters before, but the stone walls and the height of the lovely room with its Oriel windows and doors, open to the terrace beyond made our worry unnecessary. It was novel to sit in such a big semicircle but in fact it worked well, and the craic was great.
When the guests sat down to dine, Mark had made certain that we were not forgotten and we tucked into some delicious sandwiches and wine. Everyone was happy!