We started last month with a post entitled 'May Mayhem', and were we ever right. Over the month, we delivered 93 workshops between 11 different venues, travelling to Sutton, Neilstown, Killinarden, Tymon Bawn, Bantry, Edenderry, Mullingar, Stradbally, Saggart and the National Concert Hall, as well as plenty of activity at our base in Basin Lane, D8.
June starts with a bang too. Two gigs with the Killinarden School Samba Project kicked off the month, one in Heuston Station and one in the Tallaght Library. Today (June 3rd), we are performing and delivering pop-up workshops at a Family Day in Grangegorman (https://www.visitdublin.com/revealing-grangegorman-a-celebratory-event#). We are 'on stage' from 12pm, and will be there on and off until 3pm this afternoon.
Tomorrow, we pack the van again, and head out to Donnybrook for a stint at the VHI Women's Mini Marathon (https://www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie). We have played at this event over several years, and it is definitely one of the feel-good events of the year. It is so nice to see so many women challenging themselves to race and so many more doing great work for charities and good causes. The feedback is always positive, and out only dilemma is when to take a break, as it is so hard to deny anyone the little bit of extra support that the drumming provides along the route. This year, we are at a new location, outside the Intercontinental Hotel, and the race is starting a bit earlier, so we hope no-one in the hotel is planning a lie-in;-)
The remainder of June will see a lot more drumming and dance workshops throughout the greater Dublin area, and capping it all off with another one of our favourite gigs - the Dublin Pride Parade (https://dublinpride.ie/march-and-parade/). We will be working with Cognizant this year, who seem more than up for the event, and given that it is the 40th anniversary of the first Pride parade in Dublin, it will be a bigger party than ever, if that's even possible!