Georgia and I will perform 2-45 minute sets tomorrow at Elk Island Park. Sets are at 1:00pm & 3:00pm at Astotin Lake Recreation Area Stage at the north end of the park. Regular National Park admission applies.
Georgia and I will be playing a free family event in Spruce Grove Saturday May 12th.
It is in the McLaughlin neighbourhood.
We are performing from noon – 4 pm.
On offer are horse and wagon rides, a food truck, old fashioned candy stand, old fashioned photo booth (with old west costumes) a playground and Live Music!
Everything is free as it is a Melcor event to promote their homes.
• Take Yellowhead to Jennifer Heil, take exit and head South
• Turn left on Nelson Drive
• Turn Right at McLaughlin Drive, the event will be on held in this area
I’m up earlyish and cook my own Irish fry of fried eggs, potatoes, black pudding, toast & coffee. Now it’s time to get all that Irish tea into my luggage. I try my best not to forget anything and bid farewell to Ton and Barney & Lucy (the dogs).
I call in on Jackie and immediately Annie offers me a bowl of her famous soup. Jackie is visibly drawn from his treatments. I tell him stories about my travels and the tunes in town and who I played with him. He asks many questions and I am often able to remember a name for him. That man from Clare who played the fiddle and composed many tunes. “Junior Crehan?” “That’s him!”
I play tunes and chat with him for a good hour and a half. Then It’s time for his nap. Get well Jackie Please!!!!!!
I am finishing my trip in Ennis at the Fafa session with Blackie O’Connell & Siobhan Peoples. The plan is to play till 3:00 am like last week, hit the Chipper then car back to the airport. No Guinness for me. Good-bye Ireland, Hello Canada. (+13 in Kerry today -15 in Edmnonton).
Ennis is home to many wonderful statues – you can even do a statue tour.
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 – I have i now. aaaah clean socks!
Sunday night I arrive at the Fuller/Byrne household in Renmore. It’s Sunday dinner and the place, as usual. is buzzing. Michael, Rob’s childhood friend from Prince George, is visiting. Before I can go to a session Rob takes me to a late night Pharmacy (chemist here) to buy some blood glucose testing strips which are in the missing bag.
My first session is at the mighty Teag Coili’s on Shop Street Galway. Players are: Brian McGrath banjo, Mick Coneely fiddle, Murphin (from Denmark) fiddle, Michael guitar. Fun times and some interesting different tunes like hop jigs and flings. 11;30 comes too soon and the lads pack up and head off.
Thats’ when session 2 starts with myself and John Nolan, a box player from New York City. He is a lovely player and apologizes for knowing mostly the ‘old” tunes. No bother, those are my favourite as well.
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
We are staying at the Banner Lodge in Ennis.
I am up first and after checking the local news on the WIFI (Oilers are 7-1 to start the season!!!) I call in for my continental breakfast which includes porridge (yay). The man of the house is Noel Carr who knows a lot about Irish Trad Music. He is happy to sit with me and talk about all the goings on in Ireland, Canada, Ennis and of course the reckon’ American election (I swear the campaigning has been dragging on for 5 years!). Once Georgia is sorted we hit the streets to find our friend John. I know he works in a charity shop so we start canvassing them. In the second one we ask for John and your one shopping knows immediately and gives us great directions. Hugs and kisses in the St. Vincent de Paul, a short visit and we arrange the annual meeting/ dinner that Johnny puts on for us every year. We call across the street to a hair stylist “T-Fades” operated by John’s son Tolla. It is a bustling modern barber -3 chairs full. Tolls son “rena” was born this week. Congrats!
We actually make good time to Kerry and avoid the Bank holiday rush.
Hello Tony Halsall “how are ye?”.
Johnny Cahill Collects us at 7:00 to take us to visit his mother Ann who since last year has moved into a Lodge in Tralee. At the age of 93 she is as sharp as ever but obviously getting feeble. Georgia and I put on a mini concert and staff members appear dancing.
The first night of the Patrick O’Keeffe and we have a mighty session in Kearney’s with Sean Abeyta who is Kevin’s twin. How many musicians were at the table? 20? 30? Not sure. Henry is There with his drum and Pat O’Leary on the box. Sean drops us home at 2:00 am.
Brian and Gay live very close to an interesting historic site: Tobernalt Holy Well.
These were oppresive laws that were in effect (at some times more vehemently enforced) during the years 1594-1920 (!). Their primary goal was to destroy the Catholic faith and replace it with the Anglican Church or Church of England. This of course was hugely unsuccessful and led to covert masses served at midnight in a secret place with a stone for an altar. Breaking the law was often meant with secure perseution including death.
As well “Catholics were barred from membership in the Irish Parliament, and the major landholders had most of their lands confiscated under the Adventurers Act.” wikipedia
The following prayer greets the visitor at the entrance to Tobernalt Holy Well:
Pilgrim walk softly, this is holy ground.
It has been made holy by the feet of generations
Who came here to worship God
To hear mass
To honour Our Lady
To pray for their needs and for peace.
Here are memories of a poor, persecuted people.
They braved death to come.
They walked barefoot through the woods
To worship in secret.
Here are memories of hunted priests
Offering mass in this hallowed place,
At the risk of their lives.
Will their sufferings and sacrifices be in vain?
They have handed us a torch.
Let us keep that torch alight.
I am offering my first annual mandolin day camp.
Details are such;
WHEN: Aug 15, 16 & 17. classes 10:am – noon daily, then break for lunch (no meals provided), then classes 2-4 pm Monday and Tuesday and 3-5 on Wednesday. After the Wednesday afternoon class there will be a potluck supper and evening Jam.
WHERE: Jay’s house -12026-94 street. If there are more than 5 students I will seek a bigger location.
WHY: A fun relaxed environment to expand your repertoire and learn about different ethnic music and jammng.
WHAT: I will offer a class on each of the following: Ukrainian Music, Irish Music, Bluegrass Music, Italian Music, Theory/ Technique/ Chording & Jamming.
COST: $210.00 (includes $10 for Materials).
Please pass on this information. Students should have a basic knowledge of the workings of the mandolin.
Come to my St.Paddy’s gig this Thursday:
Address: 7055 Argyll Road,
7:00 -11:00 pm
There is a pub that serves food at the back of the casino. No cover. Should be fun and less wild than say Whyte avenue.