I made the decision a few weeks ago to end our weekly then monthly residency of 10 months at my beloved Dublin Castle. I honestly did not realise how sad that would make me and how emotionally attached I have come to the place. How we got the residency is by pure chance, ( I don't know if I have already told this story, so sorry if I have but I will tell it again…)
About a year ago the Petes and I were rehearsing for a gig at The Fiddles Elbow which is another venue at the other end of Camden Town. We turned up on the day we thought was right and played the gig. I think we were second to headline on a Saturday night, but I am not sure. So anyway, we tuned up played our set, watched a few of the other bands and then went home. Like we always do.
The next week I got an email from the management at The Dublin Castle offering us a residency! Jess, the manager at The Dublin, has been on a bar crawl for her birthday and had been in The Fiddlers Elbow when we were playing and loved us so much she offered us the residency! Obviously we said yes! I rang my band and manager to tell them, they were all on board and excited to get started! The Dublin is easily one of the most famous venues in London so we were beyond thrilled to be offered it. My manager couldn't believe it when I told him, he said that we weren't booked to play The Fiddlers Elbow until the following week, we had got the date wrong and The Fiddlers Elbow hadn't even noticed! We'd just turned up and played and no one had tried to stop us, he said we should try it at The O2!!
So there you are, just be chance we turned up on the wrong day, Jess happened to be there, booked us and then 10 months later we finish our legendary residency at the legendary venue.
I will really really miss it! But we have other things to come that are just as exciting! A new single and a different sound, more gigs and bigger venues and more radio!
I will miss how much the toilets smell and how sticky the floor is. I'll miss Knox from next door and all of the regulars. I'll miss the man who came in with his dog for the first few weeks and the guy who came in and layed down on one of the sofas and fell asleep as we played. I'll miss carrying my amp up Parkway and doing my hair in the toilets. I'll miss the tourists coming in an taking photos of the singed Amy Winehouse stuff! I'll miss it all!
Thank you to Jess and all the bar staff, my number one fave sound man / lighting man / west ham fan Julian and Henry and Peggy for keeping us! all the people that came down to see us and bought CD's and danced or sang along. Love you all lots
Long live The Dublin, I will love you forever.
I am the Queen of the Castle