On Saturday I had volunteered my services to the Moo Bar as there was a band playing and Brent was expecting a crowd.
So – I dressed up in my black satin skirt and black top -and looked like I’d grown up behind a bar.
I love Moo Bar as it’s such a lovely place to relax and have a glass of wine or imported beer in a bottle.
The band was Dave Browne who used to be the lead singer for an Irish band called Picture House.
Now, this guy can sing and the band is fantastic – and – we are so lucky to be able to access this kind of quality music outside of the cities and packed venues.
So – why did we have a ‘crowd’ of 12 people?
Brent has done postering and local paper ads and radio stuff. Bar dragging people from their beds – what can you do?
Anyway, the band was really friendly and a treat for the ears. Dave is launching his new album – windows to the soul – this week and was selling them at the gig. It’s the first Irish album to be made on to a credit card sized card with a usb – I’m playing the album as I write.
I bought a number of copies and will mail one to a faithful reader. Just let me now why you enjoy reading this blog- and- it there anything else you’d like me to write about (hint; anything on quantum physics or sport are out) or know about LIzbiz. Marc-I’ve already mailed yours.
Too funny –my first LizBiz competition.
An artist Brock Butler did the art work for the album and Brent projected it to the back of the band as they played – looked great. Coincidentally, I had met Brock a few weeks earlier in Dublin – a lovely and very witty man.
The crowd may have been small but they were quality people. People stayed and drank wine and beer and chatted away.
Dave and the band will be back in Ballinamore in July and the hardy dozen that attended this gig will bring friends-so you’ll need to book ahead if you want a seat this time. I’ll be behind the bar.
I haven’t worked behind a bar since I worked my way through Uni – over 24 years ago. I loved it and will do it again whenever Brent and Mary need me.
Some of my Irish friends have this vision of me in my 60’sand 70’s running a tiny tiny bar up the mountains.The kind of place that has room for about 10 people and only serves wine and a few beers – and some lovely organic food – no menu- just what I feel like serving. I think they see a kind of eccentric Liz making people feel welcome and never quite knowing what would happen or who would drop in. Leitrim is thick with musicians, writers, filmmakers,visual artists & their friends.
Apparantly – I’ll swan around chatting – and gorgeous young men will be serving behind the bar. They are just passing through – and – a bit like the Shakespeare bookshop in Paris where young people get a room to crash if they work free in the shop – they work for free.
Remember – this is their fantasy – not mine. It’s kind of fun to hear and I think they (my friends) just want their own crazy/coolbar to visit in their own older years.
Columba – I think you started something when you told people here in Ballinamore about this blog. I dropped over to see friends yesterday and the first thing they said was ‘ I keep hearing about your blog’. People love the story of you, Sarah and John coming into Noelene and Eamon’s garden shop and asking if I was the blogger.
You and John would know what a great place Ballinamore and South Leitrim is – quietly beautiful.
And very soon I will be doing a post/rant on Tesco and their colonisation of Ireland’s small shops and main streets – and how they will literally strangle our food choices and change the landscape of small towns – even Ballinamore. Don’t get me started. I can feel my heart rate rising.
Breathing calmly now.
I hope your week has moments of surprise.