|From Buenos Aires to Ennis : Los Paddys|
Fun @rowantree_ennislast night- tunes & tapas to round off #Ennis Fringe Festival with Los Paddys -specially liked the dimmed lighting.
— Cathy Desmond (@fidleir) September 24, 2012
The inaugural Ennis Fringe Festival took place in Clare this weekend . The festival was 'fringe' not in the usual sense of supporting a main festival in a traditional arts space but a selection of events taking place in more informal cafe spaces and all events free of charge.
I can report that there was a terrific atmosphere in the Rowan Tree Cafe for the final event . There was a full house with a sizeable number of the Spanish au pair community in attendance The poet Peadar Clancy despite his charm had a little difficulty in calming the ladies as he read from his own work and that of Blake.
Los Paddys de las Pampas were great fun and played a lighthearted mix of Latin American and Irish favourites while we munched on tasty tapas compliments of the house.
With the lovely period features of the drawing room of this elegant 18th century venue, the walls adorned with the work of local artists and with music and poetry on the bill of fare there was quite a salon ambience to the soirée . More soon please!
Clare Champion article on Fringe Festival launch