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Posted By: The Sandman
29-Dec-13 - 02:39 PM
Thread Name: Fastnet MaritimeandFolk FestivalJune 2014
Subject: RE: Fastnet MaritimeandFolk FestivalJune13
The Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest, 15th June in Ballydehob

16 June: Seven of us left Waterford at 9.30 and arrived safely in Ballydehob around 1 o'clock. We went straight to Dan's wonderful home just on the outskirts to drop our gear, warm up and get ready for our first performance in the intimate surroundings of the Sandboat pub in Ballydehob. But first a cup of coffee in the Social Club where there was an impromptu session in progress – some lovely harmonies from Capstan Full Strength. We were invited to sing, which we did (The Rose of Allendale) and we then departed and sang well in the Sandboat. Up then for our second performance in Vincent Coughlans at 5.30, which was followed by some grub and grog there. We adjourned to Levis's Bar, a quaint pub in the village, where the Cork Singer's Club were in session. After a pint in Rosies followed by our third performance in Vincent Coughlans, we returned to The Sandboat, where we followed the Welsh group Baggyrinkle, and finished the night in style with a lively set of shanties and sea songs followed by a few ballads. A late night indeed and an early rise too on Sunday. Dan provided us with a wholesome breakfast (the freshly made scones were delicious) and we departed around 10.30 as it was piddling rain and there was no point in hanging about in the wet. We certainly enjoyed the weekend and we think the people enjoyed our performances, delivered in our usual style.
We would like to thank Dick Miles for inviting us to the festival and to Dan, for his hospitality while we were there. Aye