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Neils own page

I have always said to myself if only I had kept a diary of each gig and turned it into a book it would be a best seller but readers would regard it as a work of fiction as all the things in it could not possibly have happened.Ah but they did!!!!
In this page I will attempt to rack my brains about everything that has happened since I joined Beggars Row trying very very hard to protect the guilty!! A big chunk will have to be missed out or at least altered a little.

Before I attempt to put what is in this guiness and gin/vodka/whisky/brandy/buckfast sodden brain( for the benefit of any foreign visitor to Scotland buckfast is a very fine vintage wine and is on the wine list of any exclusive hotel in Scotland, order it with your dinner and say Beggars Row recommended it)  into the written word I would like to share the band's disappointment at not being involved in the Skagen Festival Denmark this year, June 2004 as it is one of the best folk festivals on the planet.Beggars Row played ther in 2002 and 2003. My memory of it is arriving in Skagen, getting the key to the "digs" dumping my suitcase in the room, heading to the festival and returning to collect my suitcase 3 days later having never slept in the bed , or any other bed come to think of it!!,and hunting for the nearest shop that sold aspirin before heading for Aarhus airport. It is that kind of festival.I will miss meeting all our Danish friends this year and was looking forward to seeing one of my heroes, Donovan Leitch performing there.

Ah well there is always next year!!

I would like to give a personal thank you to Dave Tearney who started the whole European story off by having faith in us by giving us the first gig at Leeuwarden,Bent from Art and Music for his continued support in Denmark, Winnie and Theus for their loyalty and for starting the Dutch fan club which I know will go from strength to strength, and to all those who have supported us by attending our concerts.Thanks a million and I look forward to seeing you all again in the near future. 


Tuesday 31st August 2004
Just returned from another successful weekend in Holland.On Friday 27th we had the honour of playing at the wedding of Henri and Liesann from Meppen.When we are in Holland and Denmark we are treated like royalty! We were put up in the home of Lisa and Corrie who own riding school and stables and we were lacking for nothing,crates of Amstel and Heiniken beer which by magic refilled as soon as they were empty,bottles of whisky, enough food to feed an army and the house to ourselves to relax in or do whatever we wanted.
There must have been about 300 guests at the wedding and everyone stayed until the end dancing and having a whale of a time.Perhaps the free bar all night helped a lot.I think we eventually crawled into bed about 5am (Nothing changes)
On Sat 28th we played in New Amsterdam at the Cafe de Lantaarn.
We would like to thank the band Krap An for the use of their pa for both of the gigs.They could not have been more helpful.Again a great night in a packed pub as a lot of the wedding guests had come to see us again and we really appreciate the loyalty of the Dutch fans.
On the Sunday we just chilled out and Ricky was sober enough to go horse riding. He was the only one by the way!!
On Monday 30th we stayed with Winnie and Theus and family in Woudenberg. Again we would like to thank them enormously for their continued support in running the Dutch fan club.They really are doing a great job for us in Holland, not to mention also the three bottles of Grouse they put on the table to wash down the Chinese buffet we ordered.I think Davey managed to polish off two and a half of them before crashing out on the sofa.Happy Days!!
We must have about 100 photographs from this trip so watch the photo gallery as we will add them in the next few days.We are looking forward to our next trip to Holland in November so watch this space for deatails.Again many thanks to Liesann and Henri for a wonderful weekend and we wish them every happiness in their lives together and looking forward to meeting them again at a future concert.


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