Irish Piper @ Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Clare

Something keeps drawing me back to County Clare. It must be that my father came from this part of the country. I feel I have a special connection to the place. I love Spanish Point, it has a sort of holiday vibe to it. It's only a few minutes drive from Miltown Malbay, where I spent many a summer attending the Willie Clancy Piping Festival. The Armada Hotel itself is a popular one for weddings and music gigs, and it's easy to see why.

We were unlucky with the weather today. What usually is a stunning location for a wedding instead was covered in black clouds. Still, never let it be said that bad weather ruined any good Irish party. This is the first wedding I played for where the bride and groom were invited up after the desert to officially "cut the cheese". Thankfully for everyone involved it had no relation to the release of noxious gases, but instead involved the newlywed couple cutting into a fine block of cheese. An interesting tradition! The cheese was served later on in the night during the band break - a nice touch.

The music went off without a hitch and everyone stayed dancing well into the night. Another great night down in the Banner county. I'm sure I'll be back again soon!