What do you get when a traditional Irish flute, whistle, and piper heads off to Trinity College, Dublin, for some masters studies in Literature? Well you get good Traditional Irish musicians playing lively Irish traditional tunes, and, maybe, a full fledge house party.
What started out as an invite for 6 to 10 musicians blossomed into a full fledge celebration. This was a true American Irish production.
First the relatives started to show up, now I didn’t tell the relatives, but through the wonders of Facebook they received the word. The local cousins all showed, which added another fifteen to the show. Then I get the text that my out of town sister, brother in law, nephew with wife, and rugrat, are on their way over, oh, and our NYC brother is coming by too. That’s great, in a nice way, add another 6.
Turns out my wife mentioned it in passing to her north shore friends who knew they had to give Caroline a great sendoff, add another 6. Then the local friends, local family, and a few neighbors who saw the crowd and headed in. I was sure I didn’t buy enough burger.
Which brings us back to the traditional Irish musicians. The first rule in cooking burgers is don’t leave the food plate near young musicians! Those millennials are good for two or three burgers a piece. I gave strict instructions, get the food past the musicians, I mean the relatives have to eat too.
Well the kitchen is full of my wife’s friends, the family room is full of cousins and family, the back deck is full of my crew, and the musicians have the living room. It’s time, I ask Caroline if her fellow Irish trad players might play? She says sure, not much food left anyway.
And play they did!
It’s hard to describe the treat it is to hear good Irish traditional music played well
The traditional Irish musicians are as follows:
Dan Acardi (fiddle, concertina), Lindsay Straw ( bouzouki, gutar) , Caroline O’Shea (flute, whistle, Pipes) Ben Gagliardi (concertina), Devin McCabe (concertina), Caitlin Finley (fiddle), Andrew Boyd (fiddle), Rebecca McGowan (flute), and Bill DeRusha (whistle). Rebecca is mainly a dancer (a really good dancer!), and so is Hannah Pelton, who was there but just hanging out.
I guess all that food was well worth it, and to be honest I think Dan and Ben were the main culprits on the glutton front. The doorways to the living room were filled with cousins and friends eager to hear but not wanting to interfere. The truth be told there was no way to interfere, in fact they really should have flooded the room and feel the music as well.
To round out the night Grace O’Shea gave a rousing rendition of “Grace” with sister Caroline, and then shed some good country vibe on the crowd with a knockout version of “Jolene”.
This was one good send off, can’t wait for the welcome back party.