'The 4 of Us' To heaadline the lawn at Rathmullan House
With this event taking place on Sunday afternoon, we hope people will make a day of it in Rathmullan and relax in our garden with wonderful music and our famous festival food!” Tickets are already selling fast so contact Rathmullan House directly to …
Ed Sheeran has shot down reports that he is planning on quitting the music industry for up to a decade after his current tour by telling fans, “Das Boll**ks”.
Tabloid reports claim that the singer was planning on taking a long break from music, or even possibly quitting altogether, after he finishes his current tour to promote his new album ÷ [Divide].
According to the report, which was first published in The Daily Star, Sheeran is hoping to put the breaks on his career for a while in order to lead “a more normal life” and settle down.
The Galway Girl singer has been dating his childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn for two years.
“When or if he gets married he wants to put his wife and kids first and not his career. If that means going AWOL for years then so be it,” it quoted an anonymous source.
The story was picked up by a number of outlets including MTV, however Ed was quick to set the record straight with this very to-the-point response on Twitter.
Das Bollocks https://t.co/psh7jEeS90
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) April 24, 2017
Two weeks ago the singer played two sold out nights at Dublin’s 3Arena and speculation is growing that he might return to Ireland next year after one of the country’s biggest bookmakers suspended betting last week on him playing three nights at Croke Park in summer 2018.
He is due to release the video for Galway Girl any day now, which was filmed during his recent visit to Ireland. Saoirse Ronan stars in the video and Sheeran recently revealed she’s to blame for a new misspelt tattoo which reads “Galway Grill”.
The heavily-inked singer-songwriter was in Galway two weeks ago filming the promo for his hit song with the Oscar-nominated actress – but not everything went to plan.
“When we were filming it, I meant to get a tattoo of her handwriting saying ‘Galway Girl’. It actually says ‘Galway Grill’. G-r-i-l-l.”
“I’m actually kind of proud of her. It’s the kind of thing that I would do,” he said.
The outdoor dance floor at Cape Fear Botanical Garden hadn’t yet seen its first pair of cowboy boots, but Taryn Hughes wasn’t worried.
After all, the sun hadn’t quite slipped behind a stand of pines that bordered the garden.
“Nobody dances until the sun goes down,” Hughes said. “Until then, everyone is just taking it easy.”
Besides, the early crowd at the first outdoor Third Thursday event was happy just to relax, taking in the music and unseasonably warm weather.
Which was fine with Hughes, the marketing director for the garden. Thursday’s event, called Beer BBQ and Boots, was the first outdoor concert of the summer schedule.
“We had one in March,” she said. “It was OK, but it had to be held indoors. That’s not really what we were getting at.
“We want to bring music outside into the garden. People enjoy coming here, they like to bring their family, but we kept hearing that people wanted to have a time during the week when we’d be open.
“This is a great way to give people that opportunity.”
Some people brought chairs or blankets to spread out and take in the evening. Nearly everyone was definitely dressed down.
“The reality is that I bet everyone here would be doing the exact same thing, just in their backyard,” said Sarah Miller. She had arrived with friends and was relaxing over a cold beer and food from My Daddy’s Barbeque. Whiskey Pines, a country-blues duet from Southern Pines was wrapping an acoustic version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” A light southerly breeze stirred the evening as shadows covered the still unoccupied dance floor.
A few folks toured the garden, but with things past azaleas and not quite to honeysuckle season, blossoms were sparse.
Besides, this was an evening for relaxing and occasionally singing along with the band.
Even if, like 13-month-old Avery Wonnenberg, you didn’t quite know how to sing yet. She took in each song, bouncing to the rhythm and clapping. Her parents, Keith and Jannell, brought her to the garden “to enjoy the evening,” her mom said.
“We came from Colorado,” Keith Wonnenberg said. “They have lots of events like this out there. I’m glad to see this.”
That was the general reaction from garden guests, an eclectic blend of retirees, military families and young professionals.
“Cold beer and good food help,” joked Dan Oakes, who was sitting with friends as Whiskey Pines rolled into The Band’s “Up On Cripple Creek.”
“I’m just super happy to have a nice, lively but not-too busy place to relax with friends and enjoy ourselves,” added Peace Lites. “Usually you have to drive to Raleigh or the Triangle for this.”
Next month, Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s Third Thursday will feature an evening of beach music — and, likely, a lot more dancing.
“We’ll definitely come back next time,” Lites said.
Staff writer Chick Jacobs can be reached at 486-3515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.