Over winter break cabin fever set in, and we decided spur-of-the-moment to head over to Sean Cummings. Roger Graham, a friend and supporter from the Acoustic Oklahoma days, had a gig there. We stepped in and chatted with him for a moment. He said, “It’s a shame you didn’t bring your instruments.” Casey replied, “Actually we did.” Roger exclaimed, “What are you waiting for, bring em in here!!” So we played the three Celtic tunes we knew for the pub.
In a week's time we learned, Back Home in Derry, Dropkick Murphy’s Shipping Off to Boston, Banish Misfortune, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye, Dirty Old Town, Scotch Cap, Enya’s Sail Away, and many more. Our first Wednesday night gig at Sean Cummings was packed. There wasn’t an empty seat in the house. A lot of love was in the room!
Lucky for us we were invited back to play the remaining Wednesdays in January. We hadn’t been completely Celtic at our first gig, so we kept working on new material, aiming for one hundred percent!
Three weeks into our residency it occurred to us that Sean Cummings is more than an Irish pub, it is the catalyst for an awakening. We have become more aware and connected to a culture that loves music and comradery. We have learned a new musical language, and feel the spirit of our Irish ancestors smiling! Thank you Sean Cummings! We’ll make you proud!!