St. Patrick’s Day weekend was busy but fun this year, as usual. At the request of our Mulligan Stew band members, I didn’t schedule us quite so tightly, but we still had several places to perform. That’s not so bad, the thing that takes time is setting up and tearing down the sound system. That was only necessary once on Saturday and twice on Sunday, so it wasn’t that bad, except for the technical glitches. More about that in a moment.
A few years ago, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee extended an invitation through the Irish Fellowship Club of Colorado to Irish bands for free entry into the parade. I don’t know if they meant it to continue, but we’ve had a “float” in the parade every year since. Almost didn’t make it this year, as we took a wrong turn and wound up driving through construction zones and over railroad tracks trying to get to the staging area, but we finally made it. Band members are wondering if it’s worth the effort, even though we don’t have to pay the entry fee. Finding a local pub where we could enjoy a pint and watch the parade on TV was sounding really attractive.
The weekend was supposed to be decent weather, but it felt a lot colder than 55 degrees F as we were riding in the back of the pickup down to South Pearl Street for their second annual street fair. We did enjoy performing though, as their sound man is marvelous at making things easy for us and there are always lots of little kids to dance with us. Always nice when somebody else handles the amplification chores. And Amanda was there, so except for Josh, we had a full complement.
Down to Clancy’s in the evening. We always enjoy Clancy’s, and they provided us with a much more comfortable place to play than last year. Had some problems with the sound system; for a while we thought the mains had blown on the sound board. Later, thanks to Allen Flageole, we found it was just a loose power cord. He’s our best roadie.
Golden City Brewery on Sunday afternoon. Always love the folks at GCB. Only downside was the wind came up and made it even colder than Pearl Street. Then it started raining, so we packed it in, and made our way back to Clancy’s for the evening. A nice warm evening, with pints and whiskey and good times. A group of bagpipers had come in for a pint after their performance, so our Sean challenged them to a piping contest. (OK, I egged him on.) They were very good-natured and obliged us with some great piping.
This is the reward of being an entertainer; sharing with others. We were very tired, but had a wonderful time.