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WHATS HAPPENING IN WEDDING LAND 2016?


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Have a little glimpse around some of my favourite places
and what they can provide in conjunction with

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Drenagh Open Day


Drenagh is the talk of the wedding world at present, now that the search seems to
be on for the perfect alternative venue.








Nestled deep in the green and leafy estatelands of Limavady, you will have all the privacy you need for the big day, whilst having five star service all the way.
Here's a lovely pic of the famous staircase, privy to wonderful lantern candlelight and floral creations, the perfect backdrop for your first photo together and the perfect backdrop also for drinks reception....












With its wonderful Steinway piano, you can serenade your guests with classical music or some fine jazz whilst they enjoy Drenagh's trademark elderflower champagne.




















relax in front of the open fire in the library....















Or enjoy some scones and clotted cream in the drawing room, with its fabulous view over the estate.....












Amble your way from the house to the walled garden , where you will find the state of the art Marquee...seduce your guests to the strains of beautiful harp music whilst they eat....











The ultimate in comfort from The Wedding Room and their famous white sofas with blossom trees for effect... ahhh I love this...















With one of the best floor spaces ever to show off your cake and all its glory. Flowers by Tortraits..





















Or ramp up the romance with an outdoor ceremony in The Moon Garden, with its covered canopy...this is the spot whatever the weather....




















Beautiful music for one of the most mystical backdrops! Flowers by Ma Fleur






















Oh My, look at this floral decor by Tortraits




























The gal who makes it all happens in a practically perfect way!



















And the Maestro of all food and of course, the Elderflower cocktail...

















Whats left to say...except that this is one of the best hidden wedding venue secrets of the north!
So many options for you on your big day and perfect whatever the weather...

OPEN DAY IS......

SUN 31 MAY 2015

1-5 pm

Check out DRENAGH  by clicking on the name!




Galgorm Resort and Spa....Great Hall Lower Refurbishment

This Spring saw another exciting venture from Galgorm Resort and Spa and the surprises do keep coming from this tip top Resort!


This is where my own wedding reception took place and it was the top fabulous venue even then!












On approaching the entrance hall we have this view of the most opulent Chandelier and the beautiful floral work of Sally's Floral Studio dressing the banister











Have a look at the main seating area, with its comfy sofas in rich hues and tones. Bright and airy, yet retaining the central open fire...thank goodness for that!
A great place to thaw out after the photo session :-)

































And the wonderfully spacious bar area in lighter oak, matching beautifully with the oak flooring...a major bonus for the Harpie accoustics when I perform for drinks before dinner! 

















And now for a look at the dining room. Fabulous chandeliers set the atmosphere with room dressing by Barbara at Fairytales.






















AH....here she is....!

































Room dressed and ready to go as the top table is set!






























Look who I met in the Renaissance Suite...
Tis the two James Robinsons...really there are TWO!







and...here's a wee sneak of the lovely team who will make your big day perfect in every way! They are certainly a pleasure to work with when I perform at Galgorm :-)












































What I can say is that if you are looking for a larger venue with plenty of light and space, decorated in the most up to date of styles yet retaining the comfy features then this is for you! 
I am always proud to receive bookings for the resort for ceremonies of all types, drinks reception and for dinner. Harpie, voice, piano and organ available.
























Shown here performing in the atrium of the Renaissance Suite, Great Hall Upper. Piccie by the swifty Mr Kris Dickson

Have a look at this little video link for a further view of this part of Galgorm




Contact the team at Galgorm for your private show around 02825 881001

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR BRIDES BOOKING WITH ME FOR GALGORM RESORT.
PM ME FOR DETAILS at harpie1@live.co.uk or call 07778215360

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Whats trending at the moment

Just a wee short blogaroo to let you know whats happening in my musical world.
Vocal is trending music at present with many religious and civil ceremony brides asking for songs, classical, romantic, pop, you name it!

Just last week we had a performance of how long will I love you  with voice and Harpie at a wedding in The White Horse Hotel! 

I can also offer piano and voice for drinks receptions or ceremonies too...

Heres my latest video of Love Me Like You Do... from 50 Shades of Grey
Already it has had over 6.400 views! 

Check out the video performance here ( vocals/piano)


The Hedges Hotel and Game of Thrones!


Ah well, after watching the second series of Game of Thrones I needed a wee trip out to see those famous Dark Hedges. This coincided with a wee visit to The Hedges Hotel!



Woo-de-woo!
I could not drag myself away from taking piccies and nearly getting knocked 
down by cars several times!
Amazingly mysterious , I'm transported back in time to the scene from the Game of Thrones in Season 2.....





Meanwhile a mere stones throw away, a fabulous family run hotel is going from strength to strength, and they even tell me that the Game of Thrones cast paid them a visit during the filming!



At The Hedges Hotel you will get a welcome  second to none. Friendly and homely but with vast new facilities too....













Just check out the spaciousness of the main function room. Happily it will seat 150 guests.













And plenty of quirky little alcoves
to enjoy a quiet drink!










Enjoy a bite in the A La Carte Restaurant... Or mosey downstairs to the Bistro for lunch... with its wood burning stoves and fabulous panoramic views!











Just look who I bumped into on 
the way to explore the bedrooms!
For a moment I thought it was
Jon Snow...Winter is coming! lol
















For honeymooners , this is the bridal suite...













Fab jacuzi bathroom.















Even the standard rooms are plush!























Then it was through reception and
to the Bistro for my lunch..













Chilli Chicken toastie ...yumaroo! And I can highly recommend the vegetable broth...if that is on the wedding reception menu then its a win from me...to tasty to photograph, it was down the hatch :-)











And so it was back to the Hedges...ah who is this but  local artist, Rosella Watton-Austin  who has an invested interest in painting The Hedges (amongst other things!)...love these colours.

















Ah just one more pic....















And the final word must go to The Hedges Hotel. Wedding fayre on 8th March.
Call in to view the splendid function suite set up for a wedding! You might even hear some Harpie in the background too 





Thanks to Manager James for showing us around.
Brides booking Harpie for here will receive a special discount  <3

Whats behind the Red Door?







My first visit to The Red Door Country House as Harpist Les Magee was quite some time ago...this is one of my old piccies with Harpie ready to roll in the Bar area.
In January of this Year, the whole place saw a major refurbishment of what already was a fabulously quaint and cozy wedding venue with one of the best views around....




This time I set up
in the main lounge area with the wonderful open fire and comfy sofas. Gorgeous new decor adds to the ambiance of this light and airy room













Before starting my drinks music I just had to have a wee sneak around to take in the new style and features. Here's the beautiful dining room set in sumptuous  warm velvet shades.
















Room for 160 guests in this newly extended dining area. And just wait till you see the view from these windows.... Lough Swilly in full splendour!










































The new reception area through to the dining area looks splendid!


































With plenty of nice wee snug areas for a quiet drink!





















And plenty of these fabulous canapes being handed around by the ever friendly staff!
















                                                                                                


Plenty of fires to keep you cozy.....  















                  





And plenty of ambiance as the sun goes down

























Views to die for....great for your wedding photos!
















See what I mean??
















And this...is my favourite room of all...













So that is the Red Door Country Hotel according to the book of Harpist Les Magee!
Great for weddings serving 160 guests. Also great for afternoon tea ( which I have sampled) and also great for dinner. I'm hoping to go real soon!

Contact the lovely Frances, who will cater to your every whim!

Special offers for brides booking Harpie for this venue! Just mention my blog!
And plenty of the finest canapes being handed round by the wonderfully friendly staff....









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WHATS COMING UP?

SPRING FAYRE FEVER

Now just a wee note of whats coming up next in the way of fabulous wedding Fayres. The Causeway Hotel have just refurbished their wedding function suite and are opening it to brides on SUN 1st MARCH 2015
Harpie will be there performing for all. So if you have yet to hear me..come along and be serenaded!


As you can see it is looking swell, dressed especially by The Wedding Room, Coleraine
Don't miss this fabulous day out and maybe even stay for the superb steaks at High Tea!

Next up we are looking forward to another very busy day at Galgorm Resort and Spa
KEEP SUN 8 MARCH 2015 FREE
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This will be another extremely busy and successful day with the Resort showing off the huge range of facilities it has to offer, including the Four Seasons Suite, The fabulous Renaissance Suite and the refurbished Great Hall Lower. (Cant wait to see!)





So much to take in and this will include a fashion show in the marquee area. Its great to come and see the place at its best, fully decorated and functioning. Some great prizes to be won, the Resorts own suppliers there to chat about what they can provide and their friendly staff there to answer your questions too!
Harpie will be plucking strings in the atrium of the Renaissance Suite.
Ask me about special offers on the day.







Looking further ahead we have the amazing fayre at
SUN 3rd MAY 2015
is the magic date
This is another great friendly hotel with oodles of room and packages to suit everyone.
A Great favourite is the wonderful conservatory for your drinks reception. I have played here a few times now and the harp sets the atmosphere..





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Here's my Harpie set up in the bar area of the main ballroom for the pre -dinner drinks. 
Do come along and have a chat on the day.

Special discounts for anyone attending any of the above fayres
Happy Fayring!!!!!
Remember I am not just a harpist...piano, organ and voice are all included too!

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Its your turn to avail of a special offer for music on the most important day of your life....
Contact me for special deals when you book your CEREMONY ( harp organ voice) and DRINKS ( harp and piano) with me!

just a few of the named venues
 
An Grianan Hotel, @the white horse inn
Drenagh.

Photo taken during ceremony at St. Eugene's Cathedral.

WINTER WONDERLAND WEDDING OFFER

WINTER WEDDINGS
2014

With Winter on the offing I am promoting a special offer on 
Ceremony and reception combined
during Nov and Dec 2014

with a 10%
discount on selected dates. Terms and Conditions apply. Holiday dates not included. Venues within a 50 mile radius only.
Its a wonderful time of the year to enjoy harp, piano, organ and vocals. All included in your package price , where appropriate.
Email harpie1@live.co.uk for the details!Write your post here.

The Renaissance Suite at Galgorm....Keeping ahead of the times.

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I guess it was only a few months ago, on one of my regular visits to Galgorm, that I heard of the new restoration plans for the Great Hall. It seems like no time at all, we were all studying the diagrams of forward planning and imagining what it would be like...well...what a job they have done!... and in such a whizz of a short space of time too!!








My first walk about the place was early on the morning of the open day. I can say that my breath was suitably taken away as I took in this wonderfully new and fresh environment...giving a nod to some of the best and newest 5 star hotels in London. So with out further ado, lets have a look at what this new Renaissance has to offer



Just before you enter...there's the Renaissance garden...a trendy state of the art semi-covered outdoor area for fair weather. In a way its reminsicent of a roof terrace and is a great addition, meaning that guests can mingle out and indoors.













This area will prove atmospheric by day or night, with the gentle candle light and
an outdoor log burning fire for chilier evenings.





















The main entrance gives way to this fabulous foyer with state of the art light fittings and beautiful furnishings. The high ceiling and wooden floor add the the wonderful accoustics for live music..especially my Harpie...she loved it!














From this foyer, double french windows open on to the Renaissance garden. This is a fabulous plan as it means your entertainment for drinks can be heard both outside and inside at the same time!



















From the main foyer, a corridor passes through to the main lounge and bar area


















Regal purple and golden moss in
rich velvet upholstery is the order of the day,
with a well lit bar and modern fire place that
still harks back to the golden era. A perfect mix of old hollywood glamour with innovative modern design.

















regal purple














Next we proceed intoto
the main function room..
With its fabulously bright ambiance
















The Hollywood glamour continues, with the spacious and well lit bar framing the room.













Ah Hark, who is this?
The wonderful James Robinson..
its always a pleasure!!!!

Just look at those wonderful 
lamps . Flowers by Sallys 
Floral Studio. Always 
gorgeous!









Another fabulous addition to the room are these comfortable booths with
intimate lighting...perfect for when the party begins...
sit , relax and watch everyone else shake their thang!!!
















Behind the top table, you have a fabulous
view of that famous rolling river!
















The word Renaissance itself is in essence a revival based on the old classical models and I would agree that the Suite has been well named. I am proud to have performed in this Suite on the day where thousands of people queued to be first to view it!




I could not have let this day pass without choosing a gown in keeping with this wonderful stylish venue.  I did search high and low...and without knowing anything of the decor of the suite...this is what happened...co-incidence that everything matched perfectly!
Gown designed by Sheree at Cameo Bridal ( Ballymoney)
Stitched by Sandra Tompson, Coleraine.

Harpie is always pleased to perform at Galgorm for ceremony and reception. Special combined packages are available. Organ available for religious ceremonies too. Mail for special package deals Harpie1@live.co.uk

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UP TO DATE VIDEOS....

Many people are asking for a more comprehensive look at my videos on

HARP
ORGAN
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VOICE

There are a few links on this website but
I am recording new music all of the time

Have a look through the following link
Here you will find around 70 performances
featuring all of the above

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FOR ALL QUOTES: harpie1@live.co.uk
or fill in the submission form on the website!

SPECIAL OFFERS!!!!!

SPECIAL OFFERS 2014

I AM OFFERING SPECIAL PACKAGE DEALS
FOR
CERTAIN DATES
2013

DEALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR COMBINED
CEREMONY AND DRINKS
DRINKS AND DINNER
(harp/organ/voice/piano included)

SPECIAL DEALS ALSO AVAILABLE
FOR THE FOLLOWING VENUES

ROYAL COURT HOTEL
BUSHTOWN HOTEL
LODGE HOTEL
GALGORM RESORT and SPA
TULLYGLASS HOTEL
DRENAGH
ROE PARK RESORT


CONTACT..... harpie1@live.co.uk
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THE BEST OF 2013

THE BEST OF 2013
 
 
Last year seems ages ago now! Its taken me a while to think over the highlights. It was an exceptionally busy year of travel all over N and S Ireland and also to London for a little plucking too! So where to start?

 
 
 
The year started with my very first visit to Lough Erne Resort
and the beautiful function room , complete with crystal chandeliers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
And hows this for a totally
wonderful backdrop for your piccies?
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then it was off to the Oratory at Ballyliffin for a beautiful ceremony and
straight across the road to the Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa for some Drinkies.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 




Over to London to perform in the famous Sofitel St James, Pall Mall.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I managed another wee burst in the Long Gallery at Stormont Parliament Buildings once more. Proud to perform at this important occasion and in such a prestigious building.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Then there were the Castles!
Here's the church at Castle Leslie Estate. This is the church where Paul McCartney was married!
Book Harpie for this and you have the organ music for free!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
And here's my Harpie set up in the dining room for the drinks reception before dinner...
 
 
 
 
 
 






Then there was Castle Upton, just across from the Templeton Hotel. What a beautiful residence...with its very own peacock in the garden!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Just Beautiful.................
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Belfast Castle in the wilting heat ( can you believe?)
 
 
 
 
 

 
 




Ballygally Castle for an outdoor wedding on the hottest day of the year! Yes really.......
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Then there were a plethora of beautiful Galgorm Resort Brides.
What an amazing place with so many different venue and pricing options!
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 




The amazing Ghost House
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
With bouquets by Sallys Floral Studio
( got to love this gals bouquets)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 





And my good friend Jos wedding with the piccies by the River
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
with Derek J Ewing as MC and generally carrier of suitcases, Photographers gaffer, speech maker, dryer of tears....you name it!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
And the so so trendy Four Seasons Suite....
Oh I could write about Galgorm all day I have so many piccies of it!
Remember the Launch of the New Great Hall is coming right up on
SUN 13 APRIL 2014
 
 
 
 

 
 
 







On to the beautifully romantic
Mussenden Temple....with flowers by
Ma Fleur.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Just look at this beautiful bouquet
by mark at Ma Fleur, Portstewart.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 







Then there were the DRENAGH weddings.
THis picture shows a civil ceremony set up in the ballroom by The WEDDING ROOM Coleraine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpie set up in the dining room!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the beautiful
MOON GARDEN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
During the ceremony...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 











And the marquee
(flowers by Tortraits)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 




Before I knew it, it was Jingle bell time and up to LEAF DESIGNS for some Christmas music at their open days...
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And down to SOLIS CASTLE ESKE
for a lovely Christmas wedding on Harpie and piano both...hmmmm I can still smell that mulled punch!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 





Then it was up to the lovely TULLYGLASS, where Harpie shared the stage with Santa in the beautiful Conservatory...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
with this lovely trio....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 






The year ended with concerts.
This is CANTARE performing at the Riverside Theatre , Coleraine
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
And here I am with singer MAGGIE FERRIS, 
who organized the concert
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Concert with Cantemus at Star of the Sea, with Hazel Drummond, who has taught me everything I know.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
St Patricks, Coleraine for nine lessons and carols.
Christmas definitely in the air.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My 12 hour non stop music for charity event has become an annual event, with friends from near and far meeting for a good old sing/play together!
 
 
 
 
Below are some of the kids who benefited from last years monies! These are two projects which are run out in Tunisia!  
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
The girls and their embroidery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phew.....so I think that was it for last year. Just a short summary. There were so many weddings, all equally beautiful and I always get to meet some of the nicest people! Now I'm looking forward to casting some magic over some gorgeous weddings in the coming year! Have you booked yet? Mail me for a special quote harpie1@live.co.uk
 
Oh and I almost forgot....the prize for chief lifter of Harpie this year goes to.....
 
                                        Markie....at Ma Fleur.....!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GALGORM RESORT SPECIAL OFFER

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Here's a beautiful shot by Digitalbride, taken in the Ghost House


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Harpie at Great Hall Lower for dinner





Harpie at The Great Hall Lower for dinner









Follow the links for some music in the Phantom House

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=511497682230513&set=vb.142703339109951&type=2&theater

and for a little taster of birdesmaids entrance at The Ghost House

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=573979402649007&set=vb.142703339109951&type=3&theater


Harpie and My Gowns!

Now, one of the interesting things about my website is that I can see exactly where people are searching from in the world! I can also see exactly what phrase they used to google me.
So last week I was having a smile to myself as someone had googled "Les Magee Gowns"
Now that is an interesting topic. Harpie will always come along with a fabulous gown and the exciting thing about that, is that nearly all of them are bought from Charity, meaning others less fortunate will benefit, whist hopefully I will look good  as well as sound good, at your event.
Lets have a look at a few.......





This wee red number came out of a phone call from Gloria at HOPE and GLORIA , Coleraine. All proceeds from the shop go to help those less fortunate. Its a virtual treasure trove..so get down there!

 I did modify the collar and added a vintage brooch from 
MKvintage, who have a fabulous stall at the St Georges Market, Belfast.














So this lovely one came from Vintage Oxfam in Belfast.
In 2010/11, Oxfam reached a staggering 14.5 million people in 57 countries! So its got to be for a good cause!
Full length tafetta skirt with velvet polka dot and double underskirt, bodice in velvet. It really is a beautiful quality.
Pictured here at the wonderful
Mussenden Temple, the perfect romantic venue for you wedding!















This beautiful dress is pink silk over laid with  black lace. I customized the flowers on the waistband. It came from the Cancer Shop on Railway Rd, Coleraine.

Photograph on the rooftop of Lissan House, Cookstown. Another beautiful venue.....



















This pink number came from the Cancer Shop in Limavady. Its beautifully made and has netted underskirt.
Here it is with a fab pair of pink leather mules bought about 12 years ago in Copenhagen.











 




Perhaps this is one of my oldest and the favourite. Emerald velvet bodice and satin skirt and sash. I bought this in Oxfam Coleraine, where the gals are always looking out for gowns for me!
Again it has a netted underskirt and the colour is beautiful.
Photo taken for an intimate wedding at one of my own favourties Solis Castle Eske.
















In the wonderful backdrop of the altar at St Eugenes Cathedral, this very straight tourquoise number is of heavy satin. You cannot see clearly but the bodice is embroidered with silver thread. I don't usually wear it with Harpie as the skirt is so straight and makes it difficult to play! It is gorgeous and would be great for a summer cruise!
Bought from Cancer Research Coleraine.












So thats about all from my vintage frocks. I am wearing another tomorrow night but dont have a pic as yet. Look out on my Facebook page for that. Charity shops have some of the most beautiful vintage dresses and its great to know the money is going to worthwhile projects all over!








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DRENAGH....Romance, Jane Austin Style for your Big Day

SO it has to be said that there's a full on change in the trend of wedding venues in general, with more people now opting for something a bit more alternative.
I first visited DRENAGH a few years ago, when they were just considering setting up as a venue for brides marrying in the NW!











I thought it time to find out for myself of all the good things I had been hearing, so off I set on the May bank SO off I set on the May bank holiday to find out just what's been going on at this beautiful gentlemans residence and  country estate!














After meeting the wonderful Cathy in her office, we went on walkabout to have a look at the amazing changes and transformations!
Here's my first port of call. The brand new marquee, seating 300 guests within the walled garden. This is the side view, complete with decking...receive your guests for champagne reception here! Wonderful!







State of the art washrooms and fabulous bar complete with huge dance floor prevails inside!
Exciting!
The marquee is set in a beautifully landscaped walled garden....complete with fountain.









 









So...grab a parasol and lets take in the gardens!
















Herein lies one of the most spectacular pieces of architectural history....
the wonderfully romantic MOON GARDEN, available for your ceremony ( civil or religious)
And don't worry, as every eventuality of the Northern climate has been  anticipated with the addition of a removeable canopy!








  












Wow-de wow at the view from the back of the moon garden. Isn't this just something else indeed? Now lets see inside!


















     Steps to say " I Do!"
With beautiful feature wall behind. Decor and florists paradise!!!!





























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SO next its off to the Clock Tower.A beautiful self catering wing of the house. Available for wedding guests or simply for a couple of days chill for you and your friends. Beautiful and full of character.









 



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And here is my very favourite room of all...
reach me my candle holder and my Pride and Prejudice.
prey thee goodnight, Sir!












This wonderful apartment is available as a two bed or four bed rental. Views from the windows are stunning and so relaxing.






















 
And

lALL in all a beautiful venue with flexibility of the marquee, the moon garden and the Clock Tower accomodation. Extra accomodation is also available within the main residence.
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DRENAGH OPEN DAY IS HAPPENING on
SUN 19th MAY 2-6 PM

THIS WILL BE AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY
TO VIEW ALL OF THE ABOVE
and to be serenaded by MS HARPIE herself!

IN THE MEANWHILE IF ANY QUESTIONS

www.drenagh.com

or give Cathy a call on 028777 22649
Shes a great gal and every bit as excited about Drenagh as I am!!

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RECENT LONDON PERFORMANCES






During the course of a year, I'd say I am privileged to visit many fabulous venues....Last month saw me travel to London for a couple of weekends performing at the fabulous Sofitel St James on Piccadilly.



















Afternoon tea of course, is quintessentially  English and is still big business within the best 5 star hotels in London. Here it is no different
So I made my way to the Rose Lounge in order to suss out their very own Harpie.
You can actually smell the scent of roses in this beautiful lounge, tables strewn with rose petals and all......














And here she is.....a wee bit different from my ebony Harpie but so elegant and lovely!













Lovely accoustics and a touch of class. Mind you....all those cake stands and sweet trolley was making me v hungry....











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These are all served up by the lovely Julietta, who will cater for your every whim












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ULSTER BRIDE SHOW AT TITANIC

 
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This weekend sees the fabulous ULSTER BRIDE SHOW at the amazing TITANIC BELFAST. Always an amazingly classy show , with fashion being paraded on those infamous stairs!
 
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OH look....you never know who might be
there from Celebland either!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                
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Goodie bags galore with some fabulous competitions and
special offers on the day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Titianic Belfast for NITB
 
 
 
 
HARPIE is exhibiting in the glass apex foyer upstairs in the main show area. Dont miss the live performance!
 
I have FREE tickets to give away for entry to the show . One admits two people.
 
SHOW runs Friday to Sunday. Opening at 3-8 on Friday then SAT and SUN 12-6 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WEDDINGS AND WEDDING MUSIC AT SOLIS LOUGH ESKE CASTLE

ITS CERTAINLY GOOD RECOMMENDATION, WHEN YOU LIKE TO EAT, SLEEP and SPA AT THE SAME WEDDING VENUE AS YOU PERFORM BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.....
BY NOW OF COURSE YOU KNOW I AM TALKING OF
 
 
 
Solis Castle Eske for civil ceremony and drinks with piano and harpI FIRST STUMBLED UPON THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE WHISLT HAVING A WEEKEND BREAK IN DONEGAL. THEY WERE POLISHING THE BEAUTIFUL FLOORS AND IT WAS JUST ABOUT TO OPEN. FROM THEN ONWARDS I HAVE PERFORMED AT MANY WEDDING CEREMONIES, DRINKS RECEPTIONS AND DINNERS TO BOOT.
ITS A FAIRYTALE DREAM COME TRUE. SUMPTUOUS RECEPTION AREAS AND BEAUTIFUL ROOMS WITH GENUINELY LOVELY STAFF (IN ALL DEPARTMENTS)
THE FOOD IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE SPA IS STATE OF THE ART. ALL IN ALL A BEAUTIFUL FIND.
ITS NO WONDER BRIDES FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CASTLE WITH ITS BEAUTIFUL GARDENS ON THE EDGE OF LOUGH ESKE. SUCH BEAUTIFUL PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES LIE WITHIN THE GROUNDS AS WELL.
SO I HAVE PUT TOGETHER A LITTLE RUNNING MOVIE OF MY BEST WEDDING PICCIES ACCOMPANIED BY SHE MOVES THRO THE FAYRE ON MY HARP. THE OTHER ADDED BONUS IS THAT THE HOTEL BOASTS TWO FABULOUS GRAND PIANOS. AMAZING FOR YOUR DRINKS RECEPTION. I DO OFFER BOTH HARP AND PIANO AT THE CASTLE FOR THE SAME PRICE AND IT REALLY IS A BEAUTIFUL CONTRAST OF INSTRUMENTS TO
ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS.
ANYHOW, I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE LITTLE VIDEO AND REMEMBER ITS A GREAT PLACE TO CHILL FOR A WEEKEND BREAK. AND IT HAS THE BEST BIG BREAKFAST EVER!
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GALGORM MANOR OPEN DAY MAR 3rd 2013

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With Galgorm Resort and Spa open day just around the corner, I have put together this little video set of piccies of all the available function suites...looking their best of course. A few pics sneaked in of Harpie!
 
 
In the background of the video is a little piano recital by myself.
Hope you all enjoy, and more importantly I hope you all find this useful!
Open day this Sunday, 3rd March 1-6 pm.
Dont miss the special package deals at my stall on the day!
 
Check this out!
 
 
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LOOKING BACK....THE BEST OF 2012

Looking back over last years diary, I have to say there were some great times , some beautiful brides and some totally fabulous venues.
One of the best places for me is Galgorm Resort and Spa not only because I have a long association with making music there, but because of the sheer choice of function suites, packages and of course the wonderful staff....nothing is ever too much trouble!
 
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So the year started with a gorgeous wedding in the Four Seasons Suite...cant believe thats a year ago. I was to return there many times during the year and also to the Phantom House, Ghost House and the Great Hall, all of which have their own fabulous ambiance.
 
 
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Next it was down to SOLIS CASTLE ESKE for a little bit of Harpie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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And for a little bit of tinkling the ivories of this beautiful white baby for the drinks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So where can we go to next but a wee trip next door to the beautiful
                                                                                                                                 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Harveys Point
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heres the beautiful bride and
her groom, just before dinner is called
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Oh and heres a wee sneaky pic
and what a view it is!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Of course what a very big year it was for our very own Belfast and for the new TITANIC MUSEUM. I felt really pleased to perform for the NITB at this beautiful venue, although it has to be said it is also a fabulous wedding venue too                                                                                     Ni Harpist Les Magee titanic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TITANIC BELFAST.............
Where the famous carpet matched the gown. LOL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee St Eugenes CathedralAnd so it was back to more weddings again. Its great when you go to play harp or sing etc and find yourself in an awesome cathedral...
Heres my Harpie in St Eugenes Cathedral. What a beautiful house of God.....
 
 
It's one of my favourite venues because of is wonderful accoustics. What a privelege to play harp, sing and also to play the wonderful three manual organ....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Widors toccata sounds fab on this instrument!
(never mind the sticky sweet on the organ stool ewwww!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now we are on the topic, one of my most exciting bookings this year came ,once again, in conjunction with NITB. This time in St Annes Cathedral Belfast, where MCI had set up the most fabulous and atmospheric ambiance for a very special dinner
 
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The Highlight of Harpies Year at St Annes Cathedral. What a beautiful place...made even more beautiful by those fantastic uplighters!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So of course we do spend quite a lot of the year promoting etc and there was one very special night in our very own Coleraine
 
 
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Heres my Harpie Gal at
decor and event specialists open evening.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Oh la...I love those table centres!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Clandeboye Lodge
 
 
 
 
 
Co Down has another gorgeous
 venue, especially if you are having
a civil doo. Heres the wonderful
CLANDEBOYE LODGE. This is the beautiful ceremony room which is found upstairs. Sets a beautiful atmosphere...and an even nicer one with the Harpie gal serenading the guests!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Then  its a little further south into the county of Down to the beautiful
 
A great place for Harpie and has the added bonus of a grand piano as well....
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This year there were several weddings at the beautiful MUSSENDEN TEMPLE OF THE WINDS...oh the romance of the rugged North coast....I love it!
 
 
DECOR HERE BY
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Following on with the theme of alternative venues, this year saw the opening of LISSAN HOUSE to the public...as both a venue of historical interest and also as a wedding venue. And gorgeous it is. 
 
 
 
Heres my Harpie in the Ballroom. Fabulous for a civil ceremony /dinner.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Then there was the most alternative venue of them all...The Aegean Odyssey and the beautiful white grand for midnight recitals. And of course , the best view in the world.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JACKSONS family run hotel in Donegal is every musicians dream...with the fabulous new banqueting suite and a beautiful piano with the Harpie on tow!
 
 
 
 
 
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And the beautiful conservatory at KEES HOTEL,
Ballybofey....
Perfect for your drinks reception!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So we have covered a fair few miles in the space of a year, Harpie and me. We ended on a high note with my TEN HOUR NON STOP MUSIC for charity, when loads of my musical friends joined me for a musical extravaganza to provide for two places very close to my heart!
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Here we are as old friends unite again for a beautiful evening of song!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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For these little guys...and many more like them!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was a busy year... and this year Im hoping to do it all again...in the same locations and in some new ones and with a whole new set of beautiful brides!
 
 
                                                                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                           
 
                                                              
 
                                                                                                                                
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
                                                               
 

WEDDINGS AT GLENDOWN CHURCH...beautiful Donegal Location

On my travels I am fortunate to fall upson some of the most beautiful Hotels, Stately homes and, of course, churches...no heres one in a million. Out by Gartan, Letterkenny and with a breathtaking view to die for.
Want a feel for what Im talking about, then have a look at this
 
 
THe church itself, known as St Colmcilles ( named after a saint who was born in the nearby village of Gartan) perches on a hillside with a magnificent view of Gartan lake with the surrounding mountains .
 
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How's this for a view from the Church?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Glendowan Donegal
 
 
 
 
And the view from the organ stool! Hard oh so hard to concentrate on the musac!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Glendowan Donegal
 
 
 
And such a beautiful building inside. Not long refurbished and with excellent accoustics for Harpie and singer alike
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Glendowan Donegal barbara Edwards Soprano
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speaking of Donegal singers...
heres the lovely Barbara Edwards Soprano....just enough time for us to pose for a piccie before our rehearsal. what a gorgeous sunny day too. ahhh lovely!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Oh and here we are ready for the bride to appear!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Glendowan Donegal
 
 
 
 
And heres one of our favourites!
Father McKeever has given some of the most wonderful Homilys this past year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Glendowan Donegal
 
Not forgetting the wonderful brides and grooms that we have seen happily married at Glendowan in 2012.
Its a beautiful chapel with a great view and has a fabulous organ.
 
 
 
 
 
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Leaving you with one last pic of my Harpie gal in that beautiful sanctuary....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hey....concentrate on your work and stop lookin out that window at the view!!!
 
 
 
for wedding mass on the Harp, organ and voice. Tailor made to suit your gorgeous day!

Christmas Wedding in The Ghost House, Galgorm

Another beautiful Christmas wedding at Galgorm Resort and Spa in the Ghost House and then on to The Great Hall for a fabulous mulled wine reception with amazing Christmas decor.
 
Check out the link
 
 
 
Galgorm brides contact me directly for special offers for this top venue!
 

RELIGIOUS CEREMONY...but not in church....

Heres a wee Blogaroo for you gals who arent having a church wedding, but all the same would like a religious ceremony!
There are so many beautiful venues from Hotels to Estate Houses and National Trust properties that you need not settle for a civil ceremony, just because you are not going to be in church!
 
If you are having trouble finding a minister, then look no further!
 
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Now heres a man I met a while back. This is Rev Fred Cowan
and he will make the ceremony super special for you in his own relaxed way....guests will really enjoy him too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Next meet the Rev Dr Lee Glenny
who is based in Coleraine!
 
 
 
Heres a wee ceremony at the
Mussenden Temple. Was really lovely to have a religious ceremony in this very spectacular building, with Gods awesome creation surrounding us all! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Heres another wee religious ceremony, this time at the spectacular Phantom House, at Galgorm Resort and Spa
Galgorm will be happy to pass on info of this particular minister to you
 
 
 
 
Talking music for a moment....Harpie can be used to effect at a religious ceremony out of church. The harp  has been used  for congregational singing of hymns and it does work well. For those of you who still fancy a little organ music, we can arrange to hire a keyboard for you as well...just in case you fancy Widor or Mendelssohn for your exit music!
 
SO religious ceremony at your venue of choice is very much a possibility!!! hope this info has been helpful for those of you in search of a minister for your ceremony!

Galgorm Resort and Spa...Bridal Open Day Autumn 2012

So just a little note for any of you who happened to miss the recent Open day at Galgorm Resort and Spa..or maybe if you were there you'd like a small reminder of some of the set ups, exhibitors etc etc
 
Heres the important link
 
 
 
 
THis nice wee album should include plenty of visual info about the day.
Any questions, the guys at Galgorm are pleased to help with wedding enquiries.
 
IF you are interested in having Harpie for your ceremony and reception combined, I am extending my special offer voucher for the next two weeks. Get in touch by mail harpie1@live.co.uk
 
BOOKING EARLY WILL ALWAYS AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
£100 now secures your date!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Galgorm Wedding Fayre Oct 28th 1-6pm

Just a short reminder of the Galgorm Resort and Spa wedding open day this Sunday 28th Oct 1-6
Heres a taster of the main function rooms available for your wedding....
 
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The Great Hall..............
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Phantom House.......
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Ghost House.......
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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And the Four Seasons Suite....
 
for drinks.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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For ceremony.......
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                       
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     and wedding breakfast!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Come along on the day to see these rooms in full set up for your day. Also top wedding suppliers will be there to cater for your needs.
Dont forget the fabulous FINISHING TOUCHES prize...worth £6000. Someone has to be the winner!!!!!
Harpie will be in the Great Hall performing. Stop by and say hello!!!!

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Mussenden Temple....A room with a view for your wedding!

We who are fortunate to live on the N coast can rant and rave for days about the scenery and the beautiful beaches...but what about getting married in a unique historical building that has three windows with the best views in Ireland!
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So here it is. The beautfiul Mussenden Temple and I have been fortunate enough to perform here quite a few times now!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Once you start climbing the steps,
look left and you have the beautiful expanse of Downhill beach!
 
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The building inside is circular with a domed ceiling and will seat up to 100 peeps for your ceremony!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Love this black and white decor from
The accoustics are just fab for my Harpie!
 
 
 
 
 
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Nows here's that breathtaking view from the west window!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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And the North window!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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And the view towards Castlerock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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You wont beat this view for your champagne reception!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Oh and here comes the Master of all Champagne ceremonies himself...
Chris from CL Catering
will set up a beautiful little drinks celebration for after ceremony!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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And heres a wee selection of this years brides.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Harpist NI Les Magee Mussenden Temple
 
 
 
So Romantic indeed!
Lots of places for piccie opportunites which include the ruins of the house and of course the beautiful garden and walk ways as well........
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Heres one of my fave taken in the winter of 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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And theres always the beach as well!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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All in all its a very unique and beautiful venue!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Heres a groom going for a wee pre wedding amble to himself!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The last round of praise must go to the staff, who work though all conditions to maintain the beautiful building.
YOu will find the staff a pleasure to work with. Lyndsey will look after your every request!
And a big thanks this summer goes to Brian for lifting the Harpie up the stairs!
 
For further info:028 7084 8728
 

Lissan House...what a stunning new wedding venue!

 
 
 
SO a few months ago I had the privelege of driving along this fantasitc drveway
 
 
 
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Eventually it leads to this beautiful
place!
 
 
Let me introduce
                                         
 
 
 
 
 
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once inside the house...you will be in awe of this beautiful staircase that
runs directly from the main entrance hall.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Wedding Harpist Les Magee Lissan House
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Truly amazing!
And fantastic for wedding piccies too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This is undoubtedly the piece de resistance.... The Ballroom with its fabulous domed ceiling and silk wall mural.
And the accoustics are fabulous for my Harpie gal as well.
Beautiful.............
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fits in nicely....beautiful for your civil ceremony and fine dining!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                
Ni Wedding Harpist Les Magee Lissan House Lissan Hall
 
 
 
 
 
The beautiful entrance hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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            And the library.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Drawing room set up for drinks and buffet! I love the colour!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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First floor landing, complete with grandfather clock!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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And a few quirky things along the corridors....!
 
 
Ni Wedding Harpist Les Magee Lissan House  
 
 
 
                                                                                                  The house opened to the public just this year and now sees its first Wedding open day. It really is worth a visit if you are planning your big day!
Also worth a visit to have a look through the house and a wander around the oh so beautiful grounds as well.
 
 
Ni Wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
LISSAN HOUSE
(COOKSTOWN)
 
WEDDING OPEN DAY
 
SUN 30th SEPT
 
2-5 pm
 
 
HARPIE IN RESIDENCE
 
COME ALONG AND HAVE A VIEW OF THIS BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC HOUSE
 
 
                                                                             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                          
 
 
 
 
                                                                 
 
 
                                                       
 
 
                                                                                                          
 
 
 
                                                       
 
                                                            
                                                             
 
 
 
 
           
 
 
 
 
 

Waterfoot Hotel.....fabulous wedding venue!!!

So this year has found me with Harpie in a handful of new wedding venues. I did stop on the way to a Donegal wedding one day just to check the place out...and what lovely staff I found. They gave me a wee mini tour and to my surprise in a few weeks I was booked for a beautiful champagne reception, following a beautiful ceremony in St Eugenes Cathedral.
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
Don't I just love this reception area....great for indoor piccies too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                       
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       Wow factor!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 So the red carpet was ready for the  special arrivals after the ceremony.
Beautiful lanterns set the tone too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
 
This opulent reception area,
just off the function suites
really is to die for
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
And here is Harpie set up and read to go in the fabulous reception area with a very
impressive bar!
But before I start must nip to loo.............
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
 
       Totally love this.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
Love love love the loos!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now heres what you will find in the
wonderful function room, set up beautifully for your wedding dinner.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
Beautiful chandeliers on the ceiling too...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guests await the bride
and groom before the meal commences!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
And another wee sneak
at that beautifully set function room...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
And a wee look at the
beautiful winebar....great for a bite any night!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Waterfoot Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
The Hotel has packages to suit all
wedding sizes and all budgets....
Why not check it out.
Call Helen on
02871345500
 
 
Wedding Fayre this evening 19th Sept
starts 6 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                              
                                                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY.....up and coming wedding shows with Harpie!

 
 
 
 
Autumn wedding fayre season is about to break, so I thought  it an idea to let you gorgeous gals know where I will be exhibiting for the next few weeks.....
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Mussenden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The fayre at Solis Castle Eske has still to be confirmed so watch out for this at a later date!
Its always worth visiting the fayres to have a look at the instrument and to hear it live. Also you can pick up so many ideas from the many exhibitors there as well as viewing the Hotels wedding set up......dont miss it!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SM Entertainments...music for the big day

Well in this business, I have to say on the road at weddings and fayres I have met some of the best people in the business...with great personalities and thats a real bonus!
 
Harpist NI Les Magee SM Entertainments
                                                                  Now let me introduce Stephen
who is the owner at
 
 
SM ENTERTAINMENTS!
 
A wonderful musician
in his own right,
stephen will set a great atmosphere for the brides entry at church or at the hotel for your drinks reception!
Harpist NI Les MageeAnd here he is.....with the fabulous scottish pipes at Solis Castle Eske.
 
He can provide pipers for any special occasion
 
 All of the pipers are registered with the Pipe Band Association and have vast experience in the competition field!!
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
 
 
A wonderful musician
in his own right,
stephen will set a great atmosphere for the brides entry at church or at the hotel for your drinks reception!
                                                                 
 
Brides arrival at Solis Castle Eske....no better place for the pipesHarpist NI Les Magee Sm Entertainments                                                                   
Write your post here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pipes are not the only name of the game! Stephen is a professional DJ with seventeen years experience in the world of weddings and entertainment....
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So if you are looking for a piper to add that beautiful atmosphere or need your evening entertainment covered....Heres the man!
oh and dont forget to add him on Facebook too!
 
 

An Grianin Hotel....the perfect wedding venue.....!

 
So many times on my way to various Donegal venues, I have passed this magnificent hotel, with is proud and modern circular entrance and the quaint little church which is cleverly integrated and forms their atmospheric restaurant....
Write your post here.
Ni wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
The first thing you will notice is the amazing amount of space available in the main reception area...great for meeting and greeting your guests on the big day!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gotta love this chandelier!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni wedding Harpist Les Magee An Grianin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And some quirky wee nooks
and crannies!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Now...a look at the main function room set
up in all its splendour for someones big day....roomy, plenty of light and with a platform for the all important top table!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The ever popular candy cart...yumm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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and some beautiful table centres
from a recent wedding by
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Love this wee touch for your
drinks reception!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
SO one of the bonuses for me
about this great venue is the
presence of a fabulous grand piano. Heres my Harpie with the grand.
Book me for drinks and you can have both Harpie and piano for the same price!
If you are on a budget...why not have me on piano alone!!
Sorted.
 
 
 
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Suppliers at the recent wedding fayre by wedding organizers 
 
(check perfect bliss out for their ever popular discout cards and save ££££)
 
 include...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beautiful put ups by
Syenna Hairdressing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
And of course....
three beautiful brides!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee An Grianin
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now on to the other merits!!!
A wee sneak peek into the atrmospheric church where you can dine on only the finest of things...
everyone should check this out. I have eaten there now a few times always great food and spectacular service from the waiters....plus an extra special atmosphere!! (romance prevails!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee An Grianin
 
 
 
 
     
     Yummie cheese board!!!!
Restaurant is well worth the visit...or for more casual dining, the hotel also has a bistro with an excellent menu too!!!
Remember its only a 50 min drive from Coleraine too...!!!
 
So the merits of An Grianin ...call in and have a look for yourself. Staff are helpful and you can have a look around and maybe have a wee bite in the church <3 
 
 
 
 

Slieve Donard Resort and Spa....a truly opulent wedding venue!

So last weekend saw me travel down Newcastle way for a beautiful wedding at Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. And what a fabulous place it is....
 your post here.
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
Well over a century old and oozing character, this is a fabulous venue.
It also boasts a wonderful spa for all your relaxation needs!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
 
The beautiful gardens are framed
by the Newcastle beach and
the rolling Mountains of Mourne...
surely any photographers dream?
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
 
 
 
Beautifully tranquil and relaxing!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Of course in good old NI we have to
prepare for the worst case scenario of rainy rain rain....so lets sneak a pic inside......
 
Beautiful foyer complete with grand staircase and
open fire......love this!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And what a fireplace this is....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
So heres whats in store
for your guests as
they arrive for the drinks
reception.....?
 
This area overlooks the gardens, beach and mountains...
beautifully laid tables and pristine staff to serve you......
And Harpie sets a beautiful ambiance too......
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
 
 
 
Lovely selection of drinks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
 
Delicious homemade shortbread
with tea and coffee....these were
yummy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
For me the other major positive is this wonderful grand piano....I can perform for drinks on Harpie and piano BOTH for the same price included....think jazz and cocktail, classical...great background for your drinks....
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
 
 
 
Perfection....in even the smallest detail.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heres a nice wee piccie of
the lovely Naomi on her special day with the Harpie!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee Slieve Donard                                                        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bride and groom wait to make their
big entrance at the wedding breakfast
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I should add.....not only just for weddings...I have enjoyed a two day spa break here and can say the food in the main dining room was top notch....
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The main lounge and
bar area is deliciously
decadent!
 
 
Ni wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
So if you are a bride in Co Down area looking for the splendid venue. This is it. Perfect building with the perfect view...perfect service and with...the perfect ambiance of both Harpie and Piano...what more can I say!!
Mohammad is the fabulous events manager....He'd be pleased to plan the perfect wedding for you
 
 
Quote this article for special offers for my Harpie at the Slieve Donard!
 
 
 
 

Ghost House at Galgorm Spa and Resort.

So last month saw my first performance in The beautiful Ghost House at Galgorm Spa and Resort and what a venue, on what was probably the warmest day of our year!
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bright and airy, set in the
grounds of the estate...how gorgeous is this?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So when I arrived, Sally
was already there working
her magic on the beautiful
flowers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And of course, the
thousands of candles and
ivy with roses and petals....
 
gorgeuse!!!!
 
 
As you can see, the Great hall is not too far from view!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patrick was preparing
the all important red carpet
 
 
dont hoover until I wheel harpie in!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
Sir James was checking out
some last minute details
in his usual bid for perfection
 
(big hugs)
 
He really is fabulous at the job!!!
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
Oh look at Sallys
gorgeous pink roses!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And heres my best gal
ready to perform for the
arrival of the guests
and then one beautiful bride!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And wasnt she just
lovely?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The blessing of the marriage....awwww
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plenty of girl power on the day with the wonderful
Rev Maureen Hassard of
Ballymena Methodist Church!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And of course my eyes would keep wandering to these
confections of perfection...
I love Sallys Bouquets....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And these beautiful gals!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
So after the ceremony,
it being such a scorcher,
I decided to wheel harpie
up the path to the Four
Seasons for the reception..
 
Phewwww sweat.....
 
much to the amusement of
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
Time to get my own back now....!
 
Here he is, up a hill at Galgorm getting the best possible shot of the guests!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
And again....as he sets up
the perfect shot on what was a gorgeous day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yooohoooo!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
Before we knew it...
time for dinner in the fabulous four Seasons suite...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
...Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
.....and my last little blessing of the day...I spied these cutie pies whilst packing up....
couldnt resist a wee
chat....xxx
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
And the sunset on the way home.....another beautiful day in one of the best wedding venues with some of the best suppliers in the business.
I can totally endorse the Ghost House as a ceremony venue....romantic and suitable whatever the weather...did I mention it has a cute woodburning stove too!!!!

<3<3<3 COMPETITION TIME!! <3<3<3

Harpist NI Les Magee Solis Castle EskeWell, I think its about time we had another cheeky wee competition!!!
The prize this time is afternoon tea for two at the beautiful Solis Lough Eske Castle.. Npost here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Solis Castle Eske
 
 
 
 
So heres a nice piccie of whats in
store for the winner...
a beautiful display of scones, sarnies and pastries...yum
All served up in the drawing room.
 
 
 
 
(Heres my Mummie enjoying a special treat!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
           And you might fancy a wee stroll by the lake afterwards?
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Solis Castle Eske
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Solis Castle Eske
 
 
 
 
 
But beware....all strange kinds of
mythical creatures haunt the gounds by day and night.....LOL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NOW HOW TO ENTER.....
LIKE MY FACEBOOK PAGE WHICH IS FOUND ONN THIS LINK BELOW
then SHARE THE COMPETITION which is found on my page
 

TITANIC BELFAST...a very special venue for brides!

So amidst all of the last few months of Titanic Fever, I excitedly received a booking to come play in this mighty museum. On the run up, I had been following many of the historical programmes on TV so I was in a real state of excitement when I arrived at the service entrance...along with Harpie Gal of course!
Ni Harpist Les Magee TitanicWrite your post here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Titanic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The sheer height of the building is an
amazing sight to see....but gives an idea of the height of the ship itself
 
                                                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NI Harpist Les Magee Titanic
 
 
 
Now once inside...I was marvelling at the wonderful carpet...and the points of the compass....and how a gals gown always has to match (LOL)
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI les Magee Titanic
 
 
 
Now for the one thing that really made my evening...getting to see the staircase...gave me goosebumps.
It really is a fabulous structure and is the focal point in the ballroom
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Titanic staircase
 
 
 
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You can but wonder how passengers had felt when they first saw this in all its glory....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Titanic Staircase
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Just had to get up there for a piccie!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The ballroom was beautifully set for dinner...just as it might have been on the first night of the voyage
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
And on closer inspection, was dressed
with reproduction china from that first
journey.Amazing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Such attention to detail shown in these vintage floral arrangements by FLORAL EARTH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Heres the Harpie Gal and me
ready to roll in the beautiful lounge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
Even the loos are swishhhhh!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mens nicer than the ladies...methinks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
The most exciting thing of all is that this very special ballroom with staircase and beautiful lounge and bar area are available for rental for your wedding!
If you want to have a preview of exactly what it would all look like then
ULSTER BRIDES are having a three day wedding fayre in TITANIC
FRI 25-SUN27 MAY
REALLY WILL BE WORTH A LOOK....AT LEAST 90 of the very best of N Irelands exhibitors will be there as well....
 
INCLUDING HARPIE....mention this blog for special discount!!!!!!!
Friday 25th to Sunday 27 of MFriday 25th to Sunday 27 of May
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tullylagan Country House Hotel....what a beautiful wedding venue...

Now after having been at the Tullylagan House Hotel last week for their annual wedding fayre...my thought was I simply have to boast about the merits of this place on my bloggie.
A little bit of Olde World Charm with fabulous gardens for your piccies and an amazing marquee for your special day.
 
 Ni wedding Harpist Les Magee Castle Leslie
 
So I had a little peak around the main manor house and into reception,
where theres a beautiful lounge area...
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee
But what I love best of all is their function suite. Its so atmospheric and reminds me of a medieval dining hall...set for dinner or civil ceremony
it really has a wonderful atmosphere all of its own!!
 
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist Befast Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beautiful top table set up!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Tullylagan Les Magee
 
 
                                                    
Set up for a civil ceremony!
and who is that I see? hmmm
Harpie gal sneaking in to the shot..
 
In all honesty the room suits the instrument very well and makes for a most romantic atmosphere...awwwww
 
 
 
 
 
                
  
 
 
 
 
                                       
NI Harpist Les Mageewedding Harpist Les Magee     Heres the huge marquee with dance floor and  also the bar!
 
 
To the rear of the marquee there are toilets with a little rest area.....everything is catered for!
 
So now a quick gander around the gardens and a few sneaky places for your  wedding piccies!!!    
 
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So there you have it....another of my favourite venues...versatile...whether you'd like the functions suite or the opulent marquee, Tullylagan is pleased to cater for all sizes of weddings , with fabulous menus, excellent lounges and beautiful gardens surrounding the Manor....what more could a gal ask for???
 
Contact them directly on +44 (0)28 8676 5100
 
If you are thinking of Harpie at Tullylagan...mention this blog for a special offer...!!!!
                                                                                                                

WEDDINGS AT CASTLE LESLIE ESTATE...CO MONAGHAN

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Well....I thought its a while since I have been to the beautiful Castle Leslie..so heres a wee blogaroo about the Harpie gals visit to this special place...
                                                              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Very popular for weddings and of
course for the wedding of
Sir Paul Mc Cartney..well its a
beautiful place indeed.
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Caslte Leslie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So of course I had to have a wee
sneak peek around the rooms
and well...I wasnt too disappointed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Castle Leslie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The beautiful drawing room, with
views over the lake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Castle Leslie
 
 
 
 
And heres the gorgeous grand
piano...just perfect for
drinks reception!
 
 
                                                                         
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Castle Leslie
 
 
 
Lady of the Manor
in the library (LOL)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Castle Leslie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is the beautiful Victorian
conservatory.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni wedding Harpist Les Magee Castle Leslie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And heres the Harpie gal in one
of the beautiful bright lounges
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Castle Leslie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And...the view from
the window.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Castle Leslie
 
 
 
 
 
 
   And here we are set up in the Marquee and ready for
                    dinner!
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Castle Leslie
 
Castle Leslie with its beautiful rooms
and fabulous gardens is the ideal
setting for your special day
 
add Harpie and Piano and you
have the most romantic ambiance...
 
SPECIAL OFFER
for Brides chosing this venue...
 
any package combination of
ceremony
drinks reception
dinner
 
call
07778215360
or mail
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                        
 
 
                                                                          
 
 
                                                                                                         
 
 
 
                                                               

Civil Ceremony in The Four Seasons at Galgorm!

So last week saw my first civil ceremony at the Four Seasons Suite, Galgorm Resort and what a beautiful day it was...in all respects...Sunshine all the way!
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
The room looked fabulous with its white leather chairs in rows and a beautiful petal strewn aisle for the bride... I set to work tuning my Harpie, which looked fab at the top of the room...  
NI Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Galgorm ResortAnd
Heres my gal...
waiting for the bride to arrive....
                                                   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort      And now for the wonderful flowers by Sallys Floral            
 
 
 
 
The AMAZING James Robinson....has everything under control...
 
 
 
 
 
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Ah...here comes the gorgeous bride...Elma...and just look at that bouquet....!!!!                                                                                                        
 
 
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Harpist NI Les MAgeeAnd what a cutie....the little page boy...and another fabulous bouquet for the bridemaids....
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
 
I just couldnt stop snapping these fabulous flowers...they made for such a beautiful day...theres no doubt about it....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ni wedding Harpist Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Galgorm Resort
 
 
 
 
So if youve already booked
for the Four Seasons for
 your ceremony and/or
reception..you are in for a
treat....
 
Mind you...dont forget the
music...
 
 
SPECIAL OFFER if you
ask me for prices for
your wedding at
GALGORM RESORT and SPA
quoting HARPIES BLOG!
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 

Looking for a romantic venue....try HARVEYS POINT!!

Romance by the water....that is what Harveys Point Hotel truly is...the Hotel itself is so close to Lough Eske...it can be seen at close quarters from every dining area...and what a picture that is....regardless of the weather. Family run....attention to detail is the order of the day..your wish is their command.....!
 
 Harpist NI Les Magee solis 
 
THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST PICCIES I TOOK
WHEN DOWN AT HARVEYS FOR A WEDDING..
.GREY DAY, AS MANY WOULD THINK..
BUT SOO ATMOSPHERIC!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NI Harpist Les Magee Harveys Point                                                               
 
Heres Harpie set up
right by the lake for
a super vintage set up
WEDDINGS of Donegal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee Harveys Point           
 Now I wont be able to move on without showing you loads of pics....because this day...was
SIMPLY DIVINE.......
 
Each chair was backed with a huge bouquet of gorgeous flowers in summer colours....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Harveys Point
 
 
 
And here they are...
the guys who make it
all happen....
Monica and Raymond
from SIMPLY DIVINE
WEDDINGS.....
they will be in charge of
room set up and decor...
and what a fab job they do....!
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee
 
After that romantic ceremony outside by
the lake....inside we went for drinkies...
Another good thing about Harveys..they have several pianos...
good news for me as I can offer you both instruments for the price of one!!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les MageeThis is a sneak wee pic
I stole last weekend when
down there....
great place for your wedding
Piccies...theres no doubt..
 
 
 
        
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
 
Oh...and if its a tad chilly to go outside....just look at the view from your table...love love love this...
 
All function suites overlook the Lough......
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee
 
Restaurant set up for
dinner on a Saturday
evening....(not just for
weddings you know!
nice weekend treat
and there is cabaret
and a fabulous carvery on
Sundays!)
                                                                                                                                                          
NI wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
The setting is just so beautifully rural
its hard not to want to go out walking
 to clear your head and soo relaxing too....
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Harveys Point
 
 
 
 
SO...after all this lovely blog of Harveys Point...
why dont you drive down and have a look...
Great location just outside Donegal Town...
fabulous food and beautiful rooms
(Exec is my fav ) I was lucky enough to stay
there last year...tip top.
 
 
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Ni wedding Harpist Les magee ChocckywokkydoodahSo I will leave you with one last piccie                                                                
of the cake from the vintage wedding at
Harveys Point.
Here it is....
 
and it totally astounded me...
 
designer ccake makers from Brighton...
They have their own tv programme on
sky...Im addicted....
 
I feel privilaged to see one of their cakes
in the flesh! Yum...may.....x
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control due to virus...of the computer that is
LOL)
 
                                                                                                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                          

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A Harp is a harp.....or is it?????

Todays blog is about types of harps.....
If you are really keen on a harp for your special day, you will have a choice of two types...CELTIC (folk) or CONCERT (pedal)
 
 
Les Magee NI harpist
    Heres a piccie of the two
harps together....
 
 
To the left is a celtic harp. Its
much smaller than the concert harp and will need a bit less space
and is much easier and lighter and can be carried solo.
 
The concert harp in comparison
stands at 6 ft tall and because it
has an iron frame and a pedal system is much heavier. Its much
more difficult to transport and will need a large vehicle and an extra pair of hands.
 
The folk harp will make a beautifully delicate sound and set a lovely etherial atmosphere. The concert harp is built to be heard with a full orchestra and has a much bigger sound board attached
 and therefore makes a bigger sound......the pedals will allow for a wider
repertoire of music, where jazz and classical have many accidentals, the
pedal harp will allow for this.
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee harplift
 
When I decided to buy the concert harp
I wasnt really prepared for some of the
logistics of actually setting the harp up!
Luckily, some venues have lifts that are big enough for me and Harpie together!
 
 
 
 
                                                          
Harpist NI Les Magee harpstairs
 
                                                    In other places....welll....hmmm
you will need an extra three pairs
of hands!
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee harpstairs2                                                                                                              
A bit of forward planning and organization needed....but well worth it
when the concert harp is set up and playing as the bride enters!!! It will become the focal part of your room!!!!
 
NI Harpist Les Magee harpie snow
 
 
and here we are in the depth
of winter weddings 2010....
where even the brides were struggling to get to their receptions....thank goodness harpie has a trolley!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As you can imagine, pricing varies between celtic harpists and concert harpists for the above reasons. They are two different products...but theres therefore a market out there to suit all budgets!
 
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Call or mail now  07778215360
                            harpie1@live.co.uk
 
 
 
 
 
                 ............And tears are heard within the harp I touch.
                           ~ Petrarch
                                                                                                               
 
                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                       
 
 

Solis Castle Eske Spring Wedding Fayre....Romance at its best!

Imagine a fairytale castle nestled amongst the trees, set on the edge of a lake with mountains in the background....how much more romance can you ask for a wedding venue?
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
 
and here I am at the front entrance
of one of my favourite venues...Harpie on tow....
 
NI Wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
So just imagine this as a backdrop
for your wedding piccies!
 
just beautiful...and this is only one
of many romantic scenes within the
grounds.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And a wee relax by the fire in one
of the fabulous lounges.....
                                                                                                           
NI Wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here are the gals waiting to
serve the champagne reception!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Donegal Wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Whilst the piccies are being taken
in the beautiful surroundings!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Donegal wedding harpist Les Magee SOLIS2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heres double the value....
you can have both Harpie and
Solis own gorgeous white grand
piano for your drinks reception
if you book me...theres no extra charge....!
 
Jazz, classical and of course Snow Patrol and Adele...!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Donegal Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
Heres a sneak peek of the harpie
set up for a civil ceremony in the main function suite....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Donegal Wedding Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
And the Ballroom set up for a good big irish weddin!!!!
Set up by the lovelies Monica and Raymond at Simply Divine weddings
 
 
 
Donegal Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And Heres Monica hard a work
on a lovely piece for civil ceremony
in the library......
                                                
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
However, if you are thinking intimate
Solis can still do the job...heres a civil set up in the library
 for a smaller number..sooooo romantic.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Theres so much to say about this
place, and if you really want credentials heres Noreen Lyons (centre) who has just scooped the award of Wedding Co-ordinator of the year!! Your wish is her every command!
The hotel has also received wedding venue of the year and is at present up for other awards!
 
Harpist Donegal Les Magee
So SUNDAY 25 MARCH
12-6 PM sees the Solis wedding Fayre
THis is a great opportunity to see the whole estate set up for your big day and to meet the
exclusive wedding suppliers
chosen by the Hotel to make yours the perfect day.
 Harpie will be there on top form
with special discounts for
those booking on the day!
 
 
 
Wedding harpist Donegal Les Magee
 
So guess I have to finish with one of
THEE best things about the Solis
 
and that is the BIG breakfast! I usually dont
bother too much with brekkie
BUT
theres an exception when staying at
SOLIS....four words are springing to
mind...
NOT....TO....BE.....MISSED!
 
this pic here is only one course...
theres oodles of gorgeous things
to try
from compotes to smoked meats,
salmon and breads, dinky bread and
butter puds...ohhhh I could go on..
So just think of me next Sunday
morning before the wedding
show starts....this is what I shall
be looking at!!!!!
 
SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                       
 
 

GALGORM SPA AND RESORT SPRING BRIDAL FAYRE 2012...BUMPER TURNOUT!

Harpist NI Les MageeLast Sunday saw me driving to Galgorm Spa and Resort yet again for the spring bridal fayre...and what a fayre it was!!!
Boot full of harpie and various other props needed for the day. Sun shining so who could complain.
So on arrival of course, I couldnt wait to sneak a wee peek here.... 
                                                      
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les MageeOf course its the wonderfully romantic
PHANTOM HOUSE
(shhhh...its my fabourite part of the whole
complex...just sayin!)
 
 
 
 
The atmosphere is so well set right, from the
gorgeous lanterns twinkling in the door way..
 
 
 
But I was interested to see exactly what
                                                                                                              was inside this time....
 
 
 
Ni Harpist es Magee
So no big disappointments     
 
here....
 
 
isnt this so beautiful
 
dressed by
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee                                               
This attention to detail
is what I love...
 
 
Opulance all the way..
 
 
Ni Wedding Harpist Les Magee
So its over to The Great Hall...and who is the first person
that I manage to bump into?
The Wonderful James Robinson...who
by the looks of it...is giving up his day job..to come and
join me as a duo...LOL (J/k of course!)
 
Just one of the top people who work at the resort...and
will work so hard to make your day super perfect...
 
 
 
 
Harpist Ni Les Magee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Hall upstairs
dressed by
CANDENZA
 
 
Flowers by SALLYS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NI Harpist Les Magee
 
 
 
 
Oh....and who did I meet at the bottom of the stairs
 
 
The lovely TREVOR PRICE
who is a close-up magician..
 
great idea to keep the guests entertained during the drinks
reception
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les MAgee
                                              
Hmmm...all the nice things were at the bottom of the stairs...including this cake of cheese...and it tasted delicious as well....
 
great idea if you are not into a sweet wedding cake and prefer savoury...
yum...tiddle...um....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ice sculptures at galgorm Resort
 
So heres a novel idea to meet
and greet your guests....
ice sculptures...
 
what a fabulous company.
They can make alsorts of
bespoke themes
 
They can also freeze your tableplann into a block of ice...
 
 be glad to offer something
exciting for the big day!
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Cameoflage
 
 
 
Hmmm....whos this?
 
Galgorms very own talented chef..
 
or is it???
 
Watch closely as this guy
takes all your guests by
surprise with a totally
amazing voice....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Harpist NI Les Magee Cameoflage
 
 
 
Minutes later and here he is strutting his stuff....
 
apols about the blurred piccie
as he moves around soooo fast!
 
fabulous act altogether
 
Contact
to book CAMEOFLAGE
 
Really fabulous and very funny!
 
 
Ni Harpist Les Magee Arco String Quartet
Now, whilst we are on the subject of class entertainments....these guys need no introduction...they are perfection on strings!!!
I love love love listening to them....they have a huge repertoire for every occasion and will get the house rockin if you so desire as well.....
 
NI harpist Les MAgee Arco String Quartet
 
 
 
 
 
 
check out their website and also their various utubes...
 
just all round beautiful music by beautiful
people !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
Then there was that
beautiful pink and
pastels decor
downstairs
love this
 
by
 
just my style
 
 
 
 
 
 
NI Harpist Les MAgee
Lush flowers by
Sallys Floral to compliment the room...
 
Love this totally....
                         
 
 
 
             
 
 
Harpist NI Les Magee
 
 
So...in between talking to
potential brides and grooms I had to do another wee
sneak peek over to the
          GHOST HOUSE
and I just spied this wee
bride and groom arm in arm
pacing up the aisle together
 
awwwwww
melt of heart......
 
Beautiful venue with woodburning 
                                                                                                                stove              
 
 
 
Galgorm Resort Ghost House
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Just lovely...with room
enough for my Harpie to
bump up the romance..!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NI Harpist Les MAgeePhew ...after all of that I was exhausted....its a wonder i had time for the harpie gal at all....of course Idid... and here she is herself
at the top of the stairs!
 
 
It was a fabulous day...one of the busiest I have seen at the resort..with all staff working extra hard to show brides and grooms what it has to offer...
 
My connection with Galgorm goes back lots of years...to when I was a student and the Hotel was lots smaller...and I was their pianist on the weekends....it was a great place then.....but now....well....its just total FAB......!
                                                                                                                                    
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                        
                                                                                                         
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