I was very excited to have been invited to play Schottenfest in Vienna - getting there proved a little difficult however! I had booked a flight with Air Berlin from the island of Sylt for the morning of the 2nd December - and a week before that I got a message from Shane in Vienna asking me if Air Berlin had provided me with an alternative flight, as they had gone bankrupt and would not be flying me!!
After a lot of calls, emails and internet searching - I settled on taking a train after the gig on Friday night to Husum, there I would be collected by a lovely couple, Sabine and Sterni, who gave me a bed and brought me back to the airport at 5am (even though I had never met them before!), getting a train to Hamburg and catching my new flight to Vienna! Thanks to Mel and Ulf for helping me get sorted!
Arriving in Vienna, I was met at the airport by Michael, who was raving about the previous night's gig - making me very jealous I couldn't arrive earlier! He dropped to my hotel (The RubyMarie) so I could get a little nap before the gig later, and try catch up on some lost sleep! I was collected later by Dave who I kept missing in dance of lifts, lobbies and receptions, and we headed to the venue where I soundchecked and met more of the Schottenfest team - a nicer bunch of people you could not wish to meet!
The gig started with a gorgeous set from Doug Andrew - a US native but Vienna dwelling singer songwriter. I was up next to a room of incredible listeners, which was scary in the dark - but more so when they brought the lights up! Dave Arcari closed out the night with an absolutely rocking and stomping blues set!
Sunday was closing day - with an open session in the Ruby Lissi hotel and so much talent from the festival participants to festival volunteers and Vienna Songwriting circle members. We played for a few hours and then the closing party was another massive sing song that started at 8pm and finished at 2am. We had the greatest night of music and friendship!
Photo by Jean McDonald
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