Emerald Guitars had an incredible day out with the team this week as we headed to Portsalon, in our native County Donegal in Ireland, for the very first Emerald Session.
A ‘session’ is a common and occurrence in Irish culture and life and often can start very spontaneously; Whether it’s in the comfort of someone’s home or in your local pub, musicians gather to tell stories, play songs and, most importantly, as we Irish say ‘have the craic’.
Heading out in style from the factory on Wednesday morning, we all jumped into John T. Doherty’s award-winning classic Volkswagen camper van as drove to the beautiful Fanad peninsula along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Stopping off at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny for a quick coffee the Emerald Guitars team then drove along the famous Atlantic Drive, well-known to rally fans as one of the most spectacular stages of the annual Donegal International Rally, taking in the beautiful scenery before landing in Portsalon.
In the seaside village Emerald Guitars were hosted by Sarah in The Stores Bar, a beautiful pub and restaurant right on Portsalon Pier with a spectacular view out onto the Atlantic.
We are very fortunate to have lots of very talented friends who came out to join us for the Emerald Session as we enjoyed lots of incredible original material, old folk songs, some Rock’n’Roll and even a bit of Gypsy Jazz thrown into the mix.
Thanks to all the wonderful musicians who came out and showed us why we are so proud to be Irish. The talent we have here never ceases to amaze us!
Emerald Guitars thank Sarah and her staff for hosting us and to John and Pat Muldowney, Jonathan Smeaton, Johnny ‘Boxtie’ Gallagher, Ted Ponsonby, Mark Black, Billy Robinson, Cian O’Donnell, Ruairi Friel, Without Willow (Simon McCafferty and Karen Kelly), Wyatt McLean and Peadar Coll – Thank you for you friendship and talent!
We caught the day on film and look forward to release it soon. No doubt it will not be long before we take a notion and organise our next Emerald Guitars Session!