Last night the Celtic band ( Craic ) that I am a member of played at a local festival at Niigata station. It was about 35 deg but the free drink tickets from the organizers helped the problem. We played a one hour set plus an encore. I play the jaw harp and my stepdaughter Lisa does traditional tap dancing. Looking forward to our next live gig.
Down on the Farm : As we recently harvested all the potatoes from the Albannach farm it was time to prepare the ground for new vege. 1st job was to rotary hoe the ground then we watered it and compressed it with the tracked mini loader . After that we spread two different types of fertilizer all over it and finally covered it with garden plastic , in a months time the plastic will come off and it will be ready for some new vege. I would like to say a big thanks to Abe san and Nakamura san for all their help this morning.
The return of black Isle - for a month or so Black Isle was so popular only their heavier dark beers were available in Japan , but great news for Black Isle fans we now have our popular Scottish craft beer back on tap. First on tap is their Goldeneye pale Ale 5.6% which is one of my favorite summer beers , here is what the team at Black Isle brewery have top say about it
A true pale ale. The full body and rich gold colour comes from a blend of wheat, pale ale and crystal malts. It’s floral and lime citrus nose is created by the extensive use of carefully selected New World aroma hops. The final stage of dry hopping then produces a rich berry flavour for a big refreshing, satisfying brew.
Winner in the 2012 Soil Association Organic Food Awards.
Lots of great live music this month at Albannach - a Celtic session, Brazilian Choro , Jazz live and a fantastic hammered dulcimer and guitar duo touring from Hokkaido !
Check out our monthly calendar below to see what days we are closed and what events are on , hope to see you soon !
Yesterday the Niigata Celtic session band played at a local street festival, it was my 1st time to join the band playing the jaw harp . It was a hot afternoon and we played a 30 min set, with the aid of a microphone the jaw harp sounded quite good. But I will need to do a lot more practice for our next live show.
To check out a video of us playing please click the link below, And I would like to say a big thanks to Koide san for filming it !
For Sale : Irish Bodhran drum , 46cm diameter x 13cm deep made from Rosewood with a single goat skin head, fully tune able and has a removable single cross bar and arm cut out for easier playing. Includes 1 x wooden tipper and custom made tartan carry bag only - 8000 yen , can be viewed at Albannach anytime !
One of the reasons we took the day off work to attend the recent Niigata craft beer festival , was to check out what was being made and new brews available in Japan that we might like to serve on tap at Albannach. While we both sampled a lot of great craft beer , there were a few standouts with the Coedo brewery from Saitama making some fantastic beer. So we have just put on tap tonight a 20 ltr keg of Coedo Marihana Session IPA 4.5% . If you are free drop by to try some its a perfect brew for the hot humid summer that we are already having !
Just finished repairing a customers bag this morning , the old handles were due to break so I covered the old handles in leather and added a stronger loop which now allows the handles to fold down instead. If you need something repaired bring it along to Albannach and I will take a look at it for you, most items can be repaired. below is the before and after photos of the bag
For Sale : Albannach Crafts wet formed black leather bag. Wet formed bag made from 2.4 mm cow hide with brass fittings and Celtic heart embossed accessory strap tag. limited edition only 20,000 yen !
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