Friday, July 23, 2010
I wanted to leave you for the weekend with a happy little Irish polka and a story.
This is a video I found on Youtube showing a snippet of the Augusta Heritage Irish Week that I spoke about in yesterday's blog post. This "band" was a mini class given during the week. The musicians came together for an hour and a half for four days to learn ceili tunes for dancing. On Friday, they played for the dancers.
There are two things I'd like to mention. First, isn't it amazing what you can learn in just four days? This is only one of the many tunes sets they learned during that time. I'm in awe!
Second, I'd like to draw your attention to the short white-haired woman playing the tin whistle. They do a quickie close up of her...
Her name is Pat. I don't know Pat's age, but, I'll surmise she somewhere in her 70's.
I met Pat not quite four years ago when she walked through the doors of O'Lordans for the very first session the hubsters and I hosted. She was just beginning to learn the whistle, only had a couple of tunes, but, came anyway to learn and play what she knew. Pat comes to every session we have unless she's travelling or there is inclement weather. She travels 45 plus minutes to get there, too. Not only does she come to our session, but, we see her at other sessions around the area too. She has a drive to learn and a love for the music.
I have had the great fortune to watch Pat grow musically over the last couple of years and to be quite honest, I'm very proud of her! When the hubsters and I ran into her down at Augusta last year and saw her participating in the ceili band, I swelled with pride like a Mamma hen. So, now you know why I was so excited to find and share this video.
Pat is an inspirational woman. I hope we have many more years of playing music and friendship in the years to come. It only goes to show, you're never too old to learn a new trick. As the saying goes - "growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional"
Have a peaceful weekend, y'all..........
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I'm hoping that I don't smell this way at the end of the day! haha
The onions are shaping up and they look like they'll be ready to harvest in about a week. They may have to cure in the laundry room - I still haven't quite figured out where to put them yet. I'm sure it will get resolved. What I'm not sure of is if anyone will want to visit our odorous house while all of these are curing! Guess I'll find out who my true friends are!
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
I do think Finnegan has one good idea - play with your babies!
Hope everyone has a safe and fun filled weekend, no matter what you choose to do.
Us, we're playing some tunes Saturday night at our favorite coffee house in Brunswick and then chilling the rest of the weekend at one of the best places in the world - home..