Pigeons on the Gate is an Irish folk band based in Switzerland, but if you ask them, they’ll probably tell you they’re Irish. Their translations of the traditional Irish melodies create dynamic shows that are outrageously fun, fronted by a band that is booming with talent. I was invited to join these guys at the front man’s housewarming/album release show, and it was such a good time. I/we all had so much fun and I couldn’t stop moving! For the slower folk songs, the fiddles turned to violins and we were invited to calm down with the melodic flutes and chilling vocals. That was the only time I felt it appropriate to grab a glass of wine and actually watch the show instead of poking my camera everywhere.
The instrumental songs invoked feelings of dancing down a dimly-lit street in Dublin at midnight, catching the last rhythms resonating from the pubs. I was reminded of home in the deep south, the current of my own heritage’s rich music’s history making it’s way through my roots and veins.
After hearing these guys live and sitting for an hour or two with their newly released album, “Last Night’s Craic”, I’ve come to the conclusion that each song tells its own tale, making it a collection that gives a rather generous glimpse into the heart of Ireland.
If you have a moment, check them out at www.pigeonsonthegate.com.
It is a beautiful autumn morning here in Winterthur and I am thrilled to share that 3 years ago today my husband Gabriel and I joined as a team, as soulmates, as life-long friends and companions, and laughed deep belly laughs with the dearest friends and family members. Before God, we decided to go for it and get married, for the third time sorta since we had an American wedding, a court wedding, and a Swiss church wedding. I couldn’t be happier with where that decision has brought me in my life and my heart. Today I want to celebrate the awesomeness of God’s choice to bring us together, for his clear voice making it an easy decision, and the adventure it has been.
Gabriel, you are my best friend, the one to whom my heart belongs, and I adore you in all the ways a person can be adored. Thank you for choosing me, and for the lifelong gift you’ve given me as my husband. I trust you completely, and I want you to know that I will always choose you right back. You are a good man, you bring out the best and worst in me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Happy Anniversary babe.
Some shots from our honeymoon location trip to Bignasco, Switzerland.