We expected great music at Matt the Millers because The Kilkennys, a superb local group would be playing traditional Irish music. But there was much, much more to make it a memorable evening! The band was just as good as we'd hoped; the food was very nice; and we had a fabulous time with the entire crew--guests and staff. We arrived for dinner in time to hear a duo playing penny whistle and guitar as we ordered. The pub-style food was excellent; we had not come for the food, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. The wait staff was friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. Our waiter even encouraged us to move to a table closer to where the Kilkennys would be performing. Just before the band began their first set, we met two other patrons, both of whom had grown up in Kilkenny; and we were soon talking about the town, the music, and hurling--the national game of Ireland. As they oriented us to the intricacies of hurling, the wait staff joined in; and they found us a website showing the basics of the game, as well as some of the most famous hurling athletes of modern Ireland. Talk about a fun and engaging welcome! When the Kilkennys began to perform, that local warmth bubbled over delightfully. The father of one of the musicians had come to see the band; and noticing our nine-year-old daughter, he slipped a message to the band. Between songs, one of the musicians read the note to the audience, mentioning our daughter by name and passing on a message from Tom the Leprechaun, who sent greetings to her. The place erupted in applause! And our daughter was forever charmed. So were we. Matt the Millers was a wonderful surprise: good food, great people, and a band that we'll follow after our return home. We're already planning a return visit to Matt the Millers!
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