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2007-12-30 Enfield

reviewed by Rianne

Since the Netherlands turns into a fireworks hell on New Year's Eve, I will use any excuse to get out of the country on this evening. In previous years, the New Year's Eve concert in Cork was the perfect excuse, but this year, the Enfield concert on December 30th was my reason to get on the plane to Dublin. From there, I took the bus to Enfield, which is only 45 minutes away.

That evening, a little later than everyone had expected, we were shown to our tables in the Breffni O'Rorke Suite. After a delicious five course dinner, Danny and the guys came on stage at around 22:45. The song list included "I'll Tell Me Ma", "Libiamo", "The Irish Rover", "Still By Your Side", "Paddy McGinty's Goat", "Shenandoah" and "So Strong". The audience was very enthusiastic and sang along during many of the songs, including "An Poc Ar Bhuile"! "Nessun Dorma" sounded great as well, partly because Matthew decided to turn it into a "contest" between the two halves of the room - he quickly sided with the right side and declared them "the winners" because a few members of the Gilsenan family were sitting there! ;) As usual, the "Paddy McGinty's Goat" squabble went down a storm. By the end of the evening, the audience was so enthusiastic that the boys ended up giving two encores ("Remember Me" and "Caledonia" - the latter because the audience wouldn't stop calling for it!), even though it was almost midnight at that point.

This was my first dinner concert, and I have to say that it was a very interesting experience. The atmosphere was completely different than the usual theatre atmosphere, and while singing, the guys regularly moved off the stage to either the middle of the room (which was empty) or in between the tables. I really enjoyed myself, and it was well worth the trip. The M&G was very relaxed, and I finally had a good conversation with Danny (there hadn't really been time for that before) while the guys were talking to some other members of the audience. He is great fun to talk to, and about as good at making me laugh as our favourite mad Scot! :)