A few weekends ago we set off on our first journey to Ireland together as a band. We went to Gráinne’s home town of Cavan to perform at the Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival organised by Cavan Town CCÉ. Reavy was an Irish traditional fiddle player from Co. Cavan, who emigrated to America at the start of the 20th century. He composed numerous tunes, many of which are played in folk scenes across the world today.
The concert took place on the Saturday night and was packed with a great line up of local musicians. First up was the Comhaltas Ed Reavy ensemble, which consisted of local youths playing some sets of Ed Reavy tunes – what a talented bunch! Next up was the Cavan Uilleann pipers (including Gráinne’s brother Lorcán) who played a few sets of tunes in honour of National Uilleann Piping Day. There were also performances from two groups (u12 and u18) who won the Mullahorn CCÉ battle of the bands competition.
Top Floor Taviers then took to the stage for a 40 minute set. We played several old favourites and a couple of new songs; Campfires by Aaron Fyfe and Princess Rosanna by Findlay Napier. Watch videos of these new songs on our video page. We also included a couple of sets of Ed Reavy tunes, a Robert Burns song ‘O a’ the Airts’ and a selection of puirt à beul – Heather and Claire sang these, Gráinne played the fiddle and Tina did a spot of Irish step dancing.
After our performance we sat down to enjoy a great set by Shaskeen.
On the Sunday Heather, Claire and Tina chilled out in Cavan whilst Gráinne gave a workshop in tune composition. The class consisted of 14 local teenagers and they composed a tune. The class decided to name the tune For Ed – have a listen to it here.
Here’s a picture of Claire and Heather enjoying the Cavan fresh air.
Tina, Gráinne, Heather, Claire x