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June


Ardkeen Library

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Mon 12 June: We were asked to perform at the Ardkeen library to celebrate the 15 year operation of the library at Ardkeen. This was a lovely event and a pleasure to do. We first off performed at the entrance to Ardkeen Shopping centre and set the scene. We then sang as we walked up the stairs into the Library, where we performed a set at the top end of the library to a very appreciative audience. The County Mayor, Mr Aherne, was in attendance as were the senior management of the Waterford Library service. After a few appropriate speeches we again performed a set and were then fed tea/coffee and buns along with a special cake to celebrate the event. A lovely gig for us in “our own ‘back yard’ – a special thanks to Tracey McEneaney of the City Library for the invite and organization.


May


Kinsale


Thur 4 May: This was an interesting gig for us. Only 4 of us could make it, however we performed well and provided what the organizers were seeking - something Different!! We had excellent amplification and pick up and performed on the Quayside behind the Harbour Masters Offices. The event was a two day Seminar and Training for emergency services providers with the special theme being Water Related Services. Our sets were appreciated well and we were included in a wonderful BBQ held in the Kinsale Sailing club. The scheduled quartet of jazz music were excellent but played on for a good hour and over their anticipated set, so we sang a few songs on the verandah to the groups outside and left for home. A good days outing and satisfied customers !! The four performers were Joe, Frank, Shay and Olly and even though reduced in numbers the balance worked very well. 


April

Rosslare


Sat 29 April: The annual Shanty Fest in the Rosslare Hotel was another successful evening for the newly formatted Hooks and Crookes with good amplification and guitar pick up allowing a great rendition of ‘Across the Western Ocean’ to be launched and of course the ‘Seahorse’ .The Southend Shantymen performed first and they have greatly improved over previous years with lovely harmonies and a great sound. George Jeffers from the The Mulgoggers was on his own and added a lovely flavor of traditional and ribald shanty renditions and of course Tom Mullane did a solo run as did Eoghan Dunphy  both of which were top drawer performances as usual and the evening was rounded off by the great supporters from across the water, Vagrants Crew followed by the mass assembly singing of ‘John Kanaka’ with many more verses than Tim normally uses !!!

Dungarvan

Entrance Hall
Sat 22 April: Performance at the West Waterford Festival of Food. We had good amplification and a guitar pick up which allowed our selection to be heard over some distance. The set was greatly appreciated and commented upon as the new sound of Hooks and Crookes, which was said to be exciting. This led to a request to attend Kinsale for an event two weeks later. We adjourned to the Moorings for a superb steak lunch and pint provided by Marie Quin our Dungarvan ‘hostess with the mostest’ and enjoyed the rugby on TV in the smoking area at the rear. We were joined by Joe’s friend, Linda (a work colleague from his China days) for lunch and the match and had our annual photograph with Marie and sang ‘Leave her Johnny’ to the customers as we departed fully replete. 

Recording a new CD


April 3: We were booked into the Youth Reach facility in the Manor for a recording session with Frank Comerford in attendance to oversee quality etc. Unbelievably we recorded 21 songs in one session. Not all were reproduction quality but we did achieve 14 for our new CD. A special thank you to Shay McGrath for arranging the facility and to the staff at Youth Reach for their support and their hospitality.


March

Dungarvan


Mon 20 March: We were invited to Dungarvan to perform a few songs at the Press Launch of the West Waterford Festival of Food which was held in the Sailing Club on the Quays. A large crowd in attendance appreciated the first public rendition of the ‘Seahorse’ and a number of other shanties . As this was our first public outing in the new format there were a few lessons learned however, we gave a good account of ourselves and the committee were pleased with the added PR affect.


All aboard

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