Finally the festival has arrived and it is many familiar faces to catch up with. Mary Conroy has returned to host Radio Kerry’s launch in the River Island Hotel. I get the last interview spot with Dan Herlihy and play ‘Bridgie the Weaver’ – a slide I learned from Dan’s playing. Then off to Kearney’s Bar for a fabulous session hosted by Sean Abeyta (Kevin’s twin) who arrived fashionably late – “I fell asleep”. He has 4 children between the ages of 2 and 7 so I guess we can give him that. A woman named Frances Kennedy sang 2 incredibly funny and robust songs. Also from Dublin were Paul (banjo) and Aoife (fiddle).