Here are a few photos from the 'Growing something brilliant' event at Belfast Harbour Commissioners.
It was hosted by BBC Northern Ireland TV reporter & presenter, Mark Simpson.
I played at the champagne drinks reception as guests arrived and during the meal. I then played a few pieces after dinner, roaming around the tables. I was honoured to be invited to play by The Northern Ireland Chamber & throughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you to Focus Av for the sound.
I was invited to play at the wedding of Eamonn and Paul and it was one such an amazing evening.
I played on the stage throughout the dinner and did some walking around playing to pieces like 'Human' by The Killers, 'Past the point of Rescue', 'Galway Girl' and others. Eamonn had requested lively music for during the meal. I emailed Eamonn and said that there are usually a few dancers amongst the guests when I am walking around playing. I maybe underestimated the number of guests who would be dancing :D I played after the starter/ in between courses and the video below was of my own instrumental version of 'Human' by The Killers.
Thank you David for the video from your phone as it really captures the atmosphere of Paul and Eamonn's wedding. Eamonn, Paul and the guests were on top form and full of energy! They certainly know how to enjoy themselves! http://youtu.be/VGcx2ccGWIk
After the desserts I continued to play upbeat pop and dance covers with the odd Irish tune thrown in. I was playing on the dance floor surrounded by Eamonn, Paul and the guests. I finished with 'Lord of the Dance' and 'Time to say Goodbye' and was so pleased that there were so many guests up dancing and enjoying the music. I really fed of everyones' energy and they were an amazing group of people! The evening band were fantastic, 'Fraggle Rock', a Galway based wedding band. Fraggle Rock Galway wedding band
Thank you Eamonn and Paul for inviting me to play at your wedding. Congratulations and best wishes for your future together. Thank you also to the staff at Trim Castle, Co. Meath, Eire. It is a beautiful hotel to stay in. I had a room with a view of the castle ruins. The castle was actually the one from the film 'Braveheart'.
In September I played at a Filipino 18th birthday party for the stunning Shaira. It was the most amazing party I have ever been to. It is such a beautiful culture. It was so extravagant and so much work went into the preparation of the party by Shaira's family, friends and herself. There were many dances by Shaira and her family and also group dances by her friends. There was a fantastic Filipino duo who sang with guitar and keyboards. I played alongside them for a lovely song called 'Beautiful girl'. This was played during Shaira's grand entrance. She had a few stunning evening dresses with so much detail on them. I played a selection of pieces during the event and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being at a Filipino birthday party. The guests were dressed so beautifully. The cake was unbelievable and delicious ?.
I recently played at The Royal Ulster Academy Annual Arts exhibition at The Ulster Museum. It was sponsored by KPMG: http://www.kpmg.com/uk/en/pages/default.aspx . I was honoured to be asked. It was such a pleasure to play surrounded by the most amazing works of art, by well established and up-and-coming artists of Ireland. The evening was a preview for the KPMG clients and I played whilst they viewed the art works. http://www.royalulsteracademy.org/annual-exhibition
I recently was asked to play a solo set at Lisburn Culture Night at The Wallace in Lisburn. It was a lovely evening. The Wallace is a restaurant and pub and it has a beautiful interior. The staff and food are great. I played whilst people were eating their meals and really enjoyed it. I hope to play there again soon.
I played a background set and during the meal of a wedding last week in Athlone. I also joined in with Colin Fahy's sung version of 'Perfect day' during the bride and groom's exit. The weather was beautiful. Wineport lodge is such a wonderful hotel and restaurant. I thoroughly enjoyed playing at Marie and Ed's wedding. The gorgeous blonde bride's dress was beautiful with a v neck and the prettiest bow on the front. It was a fabulous day :). Playing under the trees in front of the water where I watched dragon-flies flutter by :D
I played at a wedding at Crom Castle, West Wing near Enniskillen a few weeks ago. It was great to be part of Lindsay and Dale's special day. Lindsay has the most gorgeous red hair and she looked amazing in her wedding dress. They were such a fun couple and looked great together. I played during the outside drinks reception and also during the meal. Crom Castle is the most beautiful place and the surrounding grounds are stunning. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The guests were so welcoming and fun. I didn't want to leave! The wedding function room looked amazing. The guests were up dancing and I also was pleased to see Lindsay and Dale on the dance floor :)My navigating skills on the journey to Fermanagh weren't the best but I will blame that on my phone's sat nav! I left early enough to allow for wrong turns and de-tours through the lovely Irish hills... I met some characters along the way whilst asking for the route back to the M1 (too and from Crom Castle!).I played a wide selection of songs; 'Believe me if all those endearing young charms', 'L'Hyme a L'amour', 'Marry you' by Bruno Mars, 'Ho Hey' by The Lumineers, 'Titanium', 'Human' by the Killers,' Lough Erin shore', 'That's Amore', 'Palladio' by Karl Jenkins and many more. The next wedding that I am playing at is in Cavan. I have already written out the directions and am determined to get there without any de-tours...