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My tradition when I stay with Rob & Mary is to attend mass with them on Sunday morning at 10 (set the alarm Jay!). The church is called “St. Oliver Plunkett” and mass is over in 35 minutes flat! Let’s try that in Edmonton. Dinner is gorgeous lamb and potatoes with all the veg and [...]
I start the day in Renmore with Rob. We check out a potential rental property for him then hit a bike shop to get a chain and a rear cassette.Fun for me to do bike mechanics in Eire. I follow George Grasso to his 2 gigs – first at 5:30 (half five as they say) [...]
I all in to Tig Coili where you are guaranteed great trad music every day. The leaders are George Grasso guitar, and Connor McCarthy box.
It is Friday Oct 20, 2017 and I bid adieu to Co. Sligo and Jay Kerins. I arrive at the home of Seamie & Teresa and receive an exuberant welcome from Paco & Zappy the pups. Great to catch up and Seamie is flat out with his deaconite in Elphin. Then onto Paula Kelly. Always [...]
I’ve spent 8 days in Co. Sligo which is a first for me. Thanks largely to the other Jay, Jay Kerins, from Ballinacarrow. One highlight was being in the home of Willie Coleman who composed the famous jig “Willie Coleman’s”. (It’s the 2nd jig in our Cherish the Ladies set Tim.) We had a lovely [...]
I postponed my trip to Kerry yesterday. Good thing as Ophelia ravaged the south. I was safe and sound in Co. Sligo. In Shoot the Crows tonight with Leonard Barty pipes, Jay Kerins bongoes, Brian McDonagh mandola and Philip Duffy fiddle. Weather is calm! Turned out to be an altogether lovely session. There was even [...]
I arrive on Sunday October 8th. But not my luggage. Air Canada thought it was a much better idea tha my bag stay in Calgary – go figure. The bag will be delivered to me in Donegal 41 hours later. What did that cost? It’s ~ 6hours drive from Shannon to Bunbeg. No matter – [...]
Georgia and I had a great 3 days at the Fort for “Dominion Day”. The parade was especially fun. Weather was also perfect!
Where Jay is Playing; July 29 & 30, 2017 Georgia & I will be performing on 1885 from noon to 3:00pm for Culture Days
I met Finn when he was 7 in 1996. He eventually took up the box and played in bnads – toured Europe and North America, wen to U Limerick for a degree in Trad music. Ten this year he started to sketch Irish musicians. And in 7 monthes his career has exploded. One look at [...]