This afternoon Steph took me over to Shannonside Winter Music Day. From noon- 5pm, they had several groups playing in several different venues around Bunratty Castle (http://www.shannonheritage.com/BunrattyCastleAndFolkPark/). My first trip to a real castle. I got only a very few photos, and those with my phone. I will be going back on Thursday night for the medieval dinner, and then the next morning to the Folk Park.
Steph's friend Rob played in The Boat Band (UK) first, so we went and listened in on them. They played in the castle basement. We wandered up and through the great hall, and then up and up and up these tight, tiny circular stone staircases and came out on one of the turrets. After a few photos, we headed back down to hear some progressive trad music from Cross Harbour UK. They were very good too!
We caught a little bit of the Flamenco duo, Cintron Bros Flamenco USA. There were musicians from Ireland, the UK and the US. I took a few shots of The Golden Star Morris Dancers UK, dancing outside the main entrance of the castle. The last band we listened to, JigJam, is a Celtrgrass band. Yes, Celtic bluegrass. Playing guitars, banjos, fiddles (large and small) they were my fave of the day! I wanted to get their CD, but Steph wanted to beat the traffic so we headed out. Good news - I can get them online (https://www.facebook.com/jigjamlive) and get their album via iTunes.
Steph and I talked about heading back into Sixmilebridge tonight to catch some more music, but, it is a fair drive, so we decided to wait and go back to listen tomorrow. So, here I am eating pork chops, potatoes and having a pint of Guinness by the fire.
After talking to some locals today, and Steph, about weather and plans with the car, I decided to cancel any and all reservations I had, and take the pressure off myself. I want to get to Norther Ireland, but, weather could be a factor. And there is so much to do here, in and around County Clare. I cannot wait to get back to the castle an take more photos, when it's maybe a little quieter. I want to explore the village of Sixmilebridge. Get to the Cliffs of Moher, and the Burren. Maybe spend a night in Galway. I've got two full weeks with the car, so I am excited about that. More adventures await!