The Firefly Sessions; The Deans play live in Portugal

The Deans

The Deans

I love nothing better than sitting in a barn with a glass of wine, lovely food, a buzzy atmosphere and live music. I know.  Not the sort of thing I was expecting to find in Portugal.  Rural France maybe, deepest Somerset.  Well aren’t I lucky because in the same village we have Casal Garcia which along with unique holiday accommodation have turned their large barn and courtyard into a music venue, showcasing some incredibly talented musicians as part of the Firefly Sessions.

The Deans

The Deans

Headlining this weekend are The Deans, a rock trio from Southern Ireland who won the prestigious “Unsigned Only song competition” in the U.S. in 2013 and are currently touring Spain.

Early this month I was privileged to attend the first Firefly Session, and after the fabulous buffet by the resident chef, Gee, there was time to stroll around and enjoy the surroundings before the bands came on at 9.30pm.  I wallowed in the warmth of these beautiful voices heralding from Portugal, Ireland and Switzerland and headlined by Nicole McGuire, culminating in a special homage to the memory of Taidhg Burke, original instigator of these special evenings.

Nina's beautiful voice

Nina’s beautiful voice

Apart from having to physically carry the neighbour’s dog, Dakota, home halfway through the evening because she’d followed us there in the hope of an extra meal it was a fabulous evening and I’m looking forward to more of the Firefly Sessions throughout the summer.
Casal Garcia is based near Cadaval with a superb view of the Montejunto hillside.  Tickets include a meal by resident chef Gee.  For more information and bookings contact Sandie at


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