- Not the best year on record obviously but lots to look forward to. Everyone be well and we will meet in person in 2021.
I am offering my fifth annual mandolin day camp.
Details are such;
WHEN: Aug 10, 11 & 12. 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, Edmonton. If there are more than 5 students I will seek a bigger location.Classes are held outdoors under Jay’s covered patio – social distancing is possible.
WHY: A fun relaxed environment to expand your repertoire and learn about different ethnic music and jamming
WHAT: I will offer a class on various ehtnic musics, Harmony pieces/ Chording & Jamming.
COST: $250.00 ( I have written 4 World Music Primers for this camp. They will be available for $10 each).
Please pass on this information. Students should have a basic knowledge of the workings of the mandolin.
Jay and I called into Killoran’s Pub in the town of Tubbercurry. Now your man could not say exactly he was related to the great Sligo fiddler, Paddy Killoran who recorded in New york in the 20’s and 30’s he did say “We’re all branches on the same tree”. He opened up the dance hall and it was spectacular. There on the wall featured a lrge painting the incuded Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran and James Morrison standing and playing their fiddles by a lake.
Their was a wind up gramophone there. The next thing you know we are listing to 78’s of Coleman and Morrison on the gramophone! Surreal.
Listen to “Sligo Masters
I met up with Billy O’Connor for the session at the Crane. Also there was Anthony O’Connor. “John was the stable one in the family,. Anthony the wild one.” Billy, Lisa and the 2 daughters spent most of the summer in Canada this year and apparently it’s all they talk about. “When can we go back to Canada?” Billy & Lisa had thought perhaps in the future it would be nice to retire in Italy. Then they came to the beautiful mountain town of Nelson,B.C. “We’ll just stay here”.
Anthony told me a story. “It was 26 years ago. John & I were in the same pub but separately. I was at one end getting into a fight, I was aching to bring it on. Then in ten seconds I was rolling on the floor throwing punches and taking puches and bleeding profusely. Now john is not a fighter but he would always defend his brother. He came flying in from across the room, landed a few blows and pulled me outside into the car. I didn’t want to go to the hospital but he insistd and 20 stitches later I was done.”
The session was not as exciting as that but lovely music with George on pipes , Kevin Whelan on banjo, And a dozen others including Cathal Johnson (harmonica), Glen Watkins (flute) and Marta from Spain (flute).
Walked in from Renmore in the Lashing rain. A very small and lovely session with only Mick, Anders and myself. It would have been a lovely quiet session but for the College ceili session going on upstairs, I thought the roof would come in. Old friends Christine & Gerry Marti showed up. They just happen to arrive in Galway every October as I do.
I will arrive in Eire on October 12, 2019. A pint anyone? Georgia arrives a week later.
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.