We had a very late night last night, but it was worth every minute. Sallyann Buchanan asked us to play at a fundraising event for her husband David, who is heading off to Israel on a mission team (see his recent interview here). We live on the most easterly point of Northern Ireland, and Kirlish Orange Hall is more or less the most westerly point. It's easily the best, refurbished, Orange hall we have ever been in, and it was packed, with many folk who were there when we last played in Drumquin back on Friday 11th March 2005, exactly 7 YEARS before!
Also performing were the brilliant trio The Donaldson Sisters from Ballygawley, Maurice Baxter (and his wife whose name I can't remember! Maurice's father Billy used to speak at the mission hall in Carrowdore which Graeme is a Sunday School teacher of - small world!) and last but not least Tullywhisker Border Guards Pipe Band (who were superb). David and his son played a medley together on the bagpipes, they are members of Kirlish Pipe Band. We had lots of lovely conversations with people afterwards and six separate enquiries to come back to take part in various concerts in the area - hopefully we'll be able to do some of them, regardless of the 6 hour drive time and 100+ miles between here and there.
"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." - Psalm 103
Off to Belfast tonight to Richview Street Presbyterian on the Donegall Road!