Since the wedding at the Phoenicia, Celtic Connections was very busy in the remainder of 2018. In June, July and August we had a monthly residency at Palazzo de Piro in Mdina. In July we also played for a Rotary BBQ in aid of Dar il-Kaptan, a respite establishment which facilitates daily living and social skills, and helps to develop and encourage self worth, confidence and independence. We played outdoors under the trees and were extremely well looked after with splendid BBQ fare and drinks. Late in August we played at Castello Lanzun in Mensija for an engagement party for a friend combined with a celebration for a visiting group.
Then on October 6th we played our yearly gig at Casino Maltese for Notte Bianca, when Valletta opens its closed doors to the public, and were accompanied by the dancers who have "adopted" us. October 12th saw us play for another barn dance with our UK caller and his fiddling wife, our friends Peter and Moira Gutteridge. This was held in the newly refurbished Undercroft of the Anglican Pro-Cathedral with simple but delicious food and drink - an important ingredient for our events as we do not charge for our services.
On November 30th our splinter "easy listening" 4-piece band performed at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julians for the International Women's Association Christmas Fayre. It was a long day but great fun. Our last performance was at Casa Arkati where we sang carols for the residents of that residential home again.
2019 was kicked off with a splendid Open Night, our best yet. Friends and family turned out to dance, eat, drink and be very merry. The mulled wine disappeared fast and the groaning food tables were decimated in short order. The serious Scottish dancers were pleased at the speed with which we accompanied them, but even with their added expertise, Strip the Willow degenerated into its inevitable hilarious chaos. Julie as always took care of everything non-musical with her usual cheerful aplomb. No-one was hungry and nothing but smiley faces. We even had an elderly visitor from Casa Arkati who wanted to hear us again after our carol efforts there.
Below, there are some photos from these events.
Barn Dance Ticket
Two fine Scottish dancers at our Open Night
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Dar il-Kaptan BBQ - Music al Fresco
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