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Sun, Sea, Sand, Great Music and a few Painkillers (the alcoholic kind!)

There’s nothing better to make the cold early months of the year more bearable than a trip to some tropical Caribbean islands.

This year I was lucky enough to be booked on Cayamo; a music cruise that sails every year from Miami to the Caribbean and for 7 days is home to around 40 artists and 2,000 guests.

Each artist performs three shows during the week as well as collaborating with each other and joining in with some impromptu jam sessions that spring up all over the boat.

onboard Cayamo Music Cruise

I had a fantastic time at all my shows and met some amazing people, got to perform with Shawn Mullins, Erick Baker, and Michelle Malone, and saw some fantastic shows of artists such as Joan Osborne, Dawes, and Delta Rae.

The week is made up of days at sea, and trips to some islands. This year the ship docked in San Juan, Antigua and Tortola.

Tortola was my favorite, with its white sandy beaches and clear blue water. And despite my perhaps over-active fear of sharks, I even dared to take a swim and survived to tell the tale!

One of Tortola’s highlights for me was a special local cocktail called a “Painkiller” that was made from rum, orange juice and coconut, with a little fresh nutmeg added at the end. They were totally delicious and dangerously more-ish!

painkiller recipe from british virgin islands

To share a bit of Cayamo’s magic, I have made a photo-video using some of my photos and some sent to me by friends.

I hope you enjoy it!

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A magical musical experience on the open seas

There’s a world I never knew existed until recently. A world of tropical desert islands, fantastic live music 14 hours a day, 24-hour pizza and ice-cream, and where you might just end up singing karaoke with Edwin McCain!

This world is Cayamo and I just experienced it for the first time.

It was 7 days of pure fun, travel, great company, great food and most importantly, fantastic music.

I was on the cruise as part of Shawn Mullins’ band so got to play 3 shows with him and by the end of the week I was thrilled to have been offered my own hour long show which was great fun. The line up of artists playing on the boat was amazing and included Shawn Mullins, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Chuck Cannon, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, The Civil Wars, and, a highlight for me, James McMurtry.

I was first introduced to McMurtry’s music while I was on tour with Shawn last year. The ipod in the RV shuffled onto a song called “We can’t make it here anymore” and I was instantly hooked. I spent the next few days downloading McMurtry songs onto my own ipod and listened to them constantly.

So when I saw he was going to be on the boat, I was beyond excited. The great thing about the way Cayamo is set up is that the performers can get to chat to each other in the artist section of each little venue. I just about plucked up the courage to glance at James McMurtry while on the boat but striking up a conversation was a bit too scary!

I did however get to meet and hang out with some other lovely artists including Enter The Haggis, Sarah Buxton and Edwin McCain (who I now have to thank for teaching me a thing or two about the game of Blackjack and the karaoke version of “Don’t You Want Me Baby” by Human League).

On top of all of that, the other passengers on the boat were so much fun to get to know. Some of the biggest music fans I’ve ever met, and I hope i’ll get to meet some of them again as I travel around the States this year.

What a crazy world it is when you get paid to cruise in the Caribbean sun! To slightly adapt a song of mine, it really was one of “the best week’s of my life”. I really hope next February I’ll be boarding the boat for another adventure on the high seas, and maybe I’ll see you there!

p.s. If anyone would like to see some photos from the cruise as well as a video of Shawn Mullins and me doing an unplugged duet of “The Only Thing Real” head over to my facebook page: www.facebook.com/callaghanmusic

p.p.s For more information about Cayamo, go to www.cayamo.com

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