May was the month of the Scala choir.
It just about trumps anything else I did this month including the 12 hours I spent at a friends wedding (a long time for me, I usually bail before the fun starts!), the 92 points the boss's golf team scored to claim 7th in the tournament and win us a meal for 2 in a local restaurant and the 2 random prize draws I won in a week *yay*.
The boss loves Scala and Kolacny Brothers (to give them their full title). He heard they were playing in Dublin at the beginning of the month so having a little money left over after buying my new camera, I picked up a couple of tickets. You see, the boss is not much of a concert goer, whereas I will go to see anyone, so when he tells me about a date, I will jump through hoops to get him ...and me, there.
Incase you have never heard of them, here is a taster of how great they are....
There are tons of videos on YouTube and they do covers of loads of popular songs, including Smells like Teen Spirit, Creep, Under the Bridge and Bittersweet Symphony to name but a few. To find out a bit more about them, you can find them here.
So, the day in numbers goes as follows:
16.02 train to Dublin....the journey takes around 2 hours and costs €40 return. The bus costs €17 less but the journey is less comfortable, it takes half an hour more and the travel times are less frequent.
60 seconds walk from our hotel..The Fitzsimmons...to the Olympia Theatre. Good choice by the boss and it only cost us €90 for the night, which in Dublin on a Saturday night at short notice is pretty good.
€3.50 a pint till 8pm in The Turk so took advantage of that. They were showing the Heineken Cup final and we managed to catch the end...Leinster beat Ulster 42-16 so the locals were mighty happy.
The show started at 8pm and we were in Row M, seats 5/6 which was a pretty good view (and situated close to the bar and toilets...always a bargain in my eyes). I have always liked the Olympia...it is a beautiful building and the accoustics are brilliant in it.
The support band were a Donegal country/folk band called The Henry Girls and they were fantastic.
Then at around 9pm, the main event started and I have to say, they were everything we expected and 100 times more. I found watching the brothers fascinating, especially conducting the girls. They connected really well with the audience and an hour and a half really wasn't long enough. They sang a few well known songs as well as some original pieces. And much to the boss's delight, they also played his favourite, Yellow.
(26 September, they are the O2 in London.....I hugely recommend it)
And, that is my month. Cut off a bit short admittedly but this is probably the 5th draft I have written and thats it....my brain just can't cope anymore lol.
So, thanks for looking and do pop here to get a link to Julies Pinterest board and visit a few other participants
Oh, and I better warn you now, June will consist largely of Euro 2012 ....so if you dislike the beautiful game, sorry!!! ;)