Whisky Magazine Issue 105
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Sometimes life takes funny turns, things that exist in your past reappear in your present like old pennies; the ghosts of memories suddenly take stark sharp focus in your conscience taking you back to long forgotten moments.
I recently had one of these events; not totally random as I knew our paths were going to cross, but the effect was incredible.
To cut a long ramble into a somewhat shorter one, I lived in Glasgow for a while when I was at university and met a small group of Northern Irish musicians, including Iain and Paul Archer. We played and sang together as musos do, but then life intervened with earth shattering effect and we lost touch.
This was more than 10 years ago. A wealth of experiences has passed in the mean time, making the measure of us as people; shaping and molding our lives.
There never really seemed to be a point when we could get back in touch; the occasional email, a meeting on social media; but nothing really of any worth, the connection had been lost.
This was until the Bushmills Live event. I knew that Iain was playing so it would be the first crossing from my past life into my professional one; what I was not really ready for was running into Paul and a couple of old friends as well. Funny how life goes. Whisky and music may go hand in hand, but when you are standing there watching three old friends perform together in such an intimate space it transforms into something else; the very essence of the craic if you like.
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