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28 May 2015

The New Andy Lamy Show - Colourful, Musical and ehr, Birdsong?

++That big thieving thief Bríd, from that freaking fab radio show "Rogha Bhríde" barged in to my office this morning and grabbed my blog right out of my effing hands shouting "Gimme yer blog or I'll whack you over the head with this new blackthorn stick." So I gave her my blog. I've seen that New Blackthorn Stick in action! And its thorned good! Aisling Ní Acamé++

--That would be "darned good" Asho!--

The New Blackthorn Stick, Andy Lamy

The purpose of this blog entry is to provide an English-language transcript to the Irish-language excerpts from the "Rogha Bhríde" radio show broadcast on 07 May 2015 for Andy Lamy and his musical friends and fans in the USA!

Find out why preemption is preemted in this radio show/interview about Andy Lamy's new CD, The New Blackthorn Stick, AND what it means that Clive Barlow is the Mary Bergin of Birdwatching!!!

Click with your right mouse to open the PODCAST in a new window.

Welcome in to the Flirt Fm Studio here at NUIG Galway [the National University of Ireland, Galway]. You're listening to Bríd Ní Mhaoileoin presenting the programme "Rogha Bhríde".

We have something special today as I will be focusing on the music of a musician from New Jersey, USA. This is a person who usually concentrates on the clarinet, and that with the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra. For a certain number of years, he has been drawn to Irish traditional music, and as he will tell you [himself], he has made the acquaintance of some musicians who are known to us all, including some musicians indeed who you have often heard on "Rogha Bhríde" on Galway's Flirt FM. So stay tuned in to hear who I'm talking about, and to hear the whole lovely story.

You'll also hear some of the beautiful music that is on this beautiful new cd by Andy Lamy {cat out of bag? Aisling}... and the name of the cd is "The New Blackthorn Stick"... one piece will be broadcast for the first time ever on this programme today, believe it or not, a new song which has never been played on the [air]waves, but today it will be played here on "Rogha Bhríde" on Galway's Flirt FM. And what did she say? "Hup a dúirt sí!" ('Hup' she said).

I'm going to start out with a musician who greatly inspired Andy Lamy on his musical journey towards Irish music. Have a listen now to Frankie Kennedy playing "An Feochán".

Absolutely gorgeous, Frankie Kennedy playing "An Feochán" composed by Tommy Peoples. And as I said before that piece, Frankie Kennedy and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh... their music... greatly inspired Andy Lamy on his musical journey towards Irish traditional music. We'll now go to the telephone conversation I had very early yesterday morning [6 May, 2015] - Andy! Are you there?

Well, here's a piece of music for those people [button accordionist and fiddler Tom Dunne from Wexford, and fiddler Tony Horswill from Birmingham] who inspired Andy Lamy to go and play Irish tradition music, in that pub in New Jersey, St. James' Gate. The piece I chose is track 5, slip-jigs - I love slip jigs myself - and this is The Echo of Carrowkeel, The Cock and the Hen, and Hardiman the Fiddler.

"As we got them" CD photo - inspired Andy Lamy to play Irish music.

12:05 [Hey, check out the gorgeous guitar intro! Aisling Ní Acamé]

16:24 Absolutely gorgeous ... the slip jigs there "The Echo of Carrowkeel, The Cock and the Hen, and Hardiman the Fiddler", track 5 on that lovely new cd "The New Blackthorn Stick" released by Andy Lamy, and he was on the clarinet there and on the bass clarinet, together with Pat Mangan on the fiddle, John Nolan on the accordion, Gerry O'Sullivan on the pipes, Greg Anderson on the guitar, Kevin Crawford on the flute, and Steve Holloway on the bodhrán.

And as I said earlier, in the next excerpt of the interview we'll hear Andy talking about the first track on the CD "Felix Gone Fishing" and how the title came about. Also at this stage, I'd like to thank all the musicians who are on the CD, and that in your name Andy Lamy. Therefore I would like to thank in Andy's name, to, and may you know that there is much more to these names and these musicians than what I'm saying about them here, but you will be able to read more about it all in the review that will be published by Aisling Ní Acamé, and that in the weeks ahead. Now, thanks as I said to, first Brian Conway on the fiddle; Steve Holloway on the bodhrán; Dillon Foley and Pat Mangan, on the fiddles; John Nolan and John Whelan on accordions; Jerry O'Sullivan on the uilleann pipes; Gabriel Donoghue playing bouzouki and gorgeous piano; Greg Anderson and John Walsh on the guitars; Donny Carroll the singer from Cork singing gorgeously; Haley Richardson on the fiddle; Mike Stewart on the fiddle and viola... the viola on that gorgeous track "Tiarna Mhaigh Eo"...; Jonathan Storck on bass; and the Irish musicians or famous musicians, Kevin Crawford on the flute; Mary Bergin on the tin whistle; Dermot Byrne on the accordion and Floriane Blancke on the harp. And of course the gentleman himself, Andy Lamy, and himself of course playing the clarinet and the bass clarinet. It was himself who composed some of the music and who directed the musicians.

And as I said before, we'll talk now... I'll talk now to Andy about the first track on the CD. [ooooooooooh, Tom Billy's jig - my favourite of all time. Did I tell you about the time I wrote to Jimmy Saville and asked if he could fix it for me to play bodhrán with Mary Bergin playing that tune??? I know, I know!]

26:10 Ohhhhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Just in case you thought you were listing to "Rogha Bhríde" here on Flirt FM, Galway's alternative radio station, YOU'RE NOT! BECAUSE I'VE JUST RENAMED THE SHOW TO "THE ANDY LAMY SHOW"... And why would it not be about Andy Lamy - a man of multi talents, a classical musician on the clarinet... he is currently playing with the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra... he has played with The Knoxville Symphony, and The Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and... who has he NOT performed with... St. Louis Symphony, Royal Opera of London, and many more. But I'll let him tell you the story himself. {WHAT??? WORLD DEBUT OF WHAT??? ON WHAT RADIO SHOW???}

36:26 Lovely! That was Andy Lamy and his friends playing "Sister Josephine", and that was for all of Andy Lamy's friends who were playing with him last night [6 May 2015] in Dunnes in White Plains [New Jersey].

37:46 Well, we'll have another chat now with Andy with him describing the youngest musician playing with him [on this new CD], a wonderful fiddler... and her name is HALEY RICHARDSON... she started playing Irish traditional music when she was 5 years old... she was 3 years old when she started playing the fiddle, and when she was 5 years old her mother saw a poster in the library... and ... advertising that Kevin Burke was going to be playing in the library, and she decided that she would bring Haley to that concert, and when the concert was over Haley said to her "mammy, I want to play like that!" ["and the rest as they say..." Aisling]. We'll now listen to Andy describing this great musician and her music teacher [Brian Conway].

You're playing isn't bad at all Andy! You're doing fine! We'll now listen to a track from the CD on which Haley is playing, this is track 4, the beautiful air "Tiarna Mhaigh Eo"... together with Haley Richardson here on fiddle, is of course Andy himself on the clarinet and bass clarinet; our own Dermot Byrne is on the accordion; Mick Stewart is on the viola; and Floriane Blancke on the harp; and Jonathan Storck playing bass. A gorgeous tune here that Andy Lamy got from Néillidh Boyle from Donegal and which he heard on the CD released by Claddagh Records called "A Feeling in the Blood" [what a name for a CD! Aisling] Have a listen to this, and enjoy it!

Absolutely gorgeous! That was gorgeous! Especially the gorgeous echoing of the fiddle by Mike Stewart on the viola, and also the gorgeous echoing of the clarinet by Dermot Byrne on the accordion, our own Dermot! [Okay, okayyy! Donegal, Donegal, Donegal! You know who.] Well, Andy Lamy is a multi-talented person as I said at the beginning of the show. Not only is he a musician who has been performing for years, but he is also a bird expert, and he has travelled a lot in different countries in Africa. In the next interview excerpt I'll talk to him about that.

56:08 We'll go back to the music then, and we'll listen to one of the tracks on which Mary Bergin is playing, these are jigs called Gallagher's Frolics, Paddy Taylor's and the Mist On the Meadow, and together with Mary Bergin here, are Andy Lamy on clarinet, Steve Holloway playing beautifully on the bodhrán, and Greg Anderson on the bouzouki. And we're almost coming to the end of the show... I'm going to play a few more tracks for you, one of them being a song "Come to the Hills"... and this song beautifully sung by Donie Carroll from Cork.

1:06:02 My heartfelt thanks to Andy Lamy from New Jersey, USA, and all his musical companions on that beautiful brand new CD, "The New Blackthorn Stick". And I'll be playing that again and again [on Rogha Bhríde - Bríd's choice]. I'm going to leave you with a piece of music from Galicia, and that is more of the music which much inspired Andy on his musical trip towards the traditional music of this country. And I would like to play a piece now from Carlos Nuñez'... the name of the CD is "The Brotherhood of Stars" and the track I picked is a gorgeous song called "Cantigueiras", sung by six women, or maybe there are seven of them {it would be 6!!! Aisling} called Xiradela. Listen to them here singing and playing those lovely little drums that they play, called "tambourines". This song is beautiful, and full of energy and full of celebration, and I would like to dedicate this to you, Andy Lamy... this is for you, for the wonderful music you have made and sent to us. Thank you very much for "The New Blackthorn Stick", and may it have lots of success. And I'm sure it will!

1:07:00 Thank you so much for that CD Andy. Well, I've come to the end of the programme again, I'll be talking to you again next week, and as usual, I hope you'll be listening!

PS: Haley Richardson, Dillon Richardson (I'd like to hear those voices "crooning and harmonizing together"!!!) "Heart on a String" cd arrived in the post today!!! (28/05.2015)
PPS: Thanks too to Iris Nevins who plays the harp, who gave Andy Lamy his first ever Mary Bergin CD. "HUP a dúirt sí!
PPPS: The Catskills Irish Arts Week??? I wanna go too!

"Rogha Bhríde" on Galway's Flirt FM


21 May 2015

Wild and Wonderful "Dancing at Lughnasa"

Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa"
Directed by John Keane
Knocknacarra Amateur Theatre Society
20-23 May 2015, 8pm, An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway
Ticets €15/€12

Photo Johanna Ní Mhaille
"Dancing at Lughnasa": Michael Mundy looks back with bittersweet nostalgia on the lives of his mother and her four sisters in a small town Donegal in 1936, a year that saw the return of their missionary brother, Father Jack from Africa, as well as a rare visit from Michael's estranged father. The play is a beautifully wrought portrait of life in rural Ireland as the five Mundy sisters deal with the conflict between happiness and propriety, joy and duty, all set against the backdrop of the Lughnasa harvest festival.
(From An Taibhdhearc website)
I went to see the opening of this play last night. Me, myself and 8 other theatre buffs.

What stuck out for me were the set design and lighting (which in the words of another audience member were "authentic and atmospheric, transporting us immediately back to 1936"). The ensemble acting, as well as the choreography (Rionach Ní Néill), were powerful, and although I hate clichéd commentary, the performances of Geraldine Holmes as Kate Mundy, Paul Hughes as Father Jack, and Ailbhe Sleven as Rose Mundy were indeed stellar.

Sharon de Bhaldraithe deserves a special mention as this was her stage debut. She was believable all the way, and her eye contact was impressive. Michelle Lyons' very strong Maggie Mundy added a very-much-needed light-heartedness to the story, often getting belly laughs from some of the aforementioned theatre buffs.

Iva Grillo Gannon as Christina Mundy gave what I thought was a very brave performance - also a first public performance on stage for her - not an easy task for a foreign national all the way from Albania to fit into the Donegalese of it all. I'll return to that below.

To complete the cast, Darragh Lucey gave us a very likeble Gerry Evans (tough job to make a baddie likeable!), and Ciaran Dorrian doubled as narrator and the young Michael Mundy - not an easy task, carried out smoothly for the most part.

The ensemble work was superb, and the tableaux therein created were striking. I often wished I had a camara, although I wouldn't have been allowed to use it anyway. The positions of the actors on stage in this regard was always well-thought out, never accidental. The choreography was superb - (yes, I did steal that word from the play, didn't I?) - the dancing, at times wild and at times gently romantic, made you wish you could get up and join them.

Especially powerful were the scenes with Father Jack, due not only to the wonderful performance of Paul Hughes, but to the group dynamic. The sisters felt every word he was saying, and you could see the family's history and the heartache of their thoughts in their faces. Precious moments where I noticed myself holding my breath and where you could hear a pin drop.

For an amateur group of actors, it was a very good effort at getting their tongues around a Donegal accent. Rose in particular would fit in rightly in the hills of Donegal! Some of the other actors slipped in and out of it, but surprisingly to this very critical Donegal ear, this didn't bother me in the least - quite simply because the whole production was believable from the word go.

Sometimes the voices were too low - we were sitting at the front and had to strain our ears at times to hear. The bird sound-effects were overpowering to these ears, perhaps due in part to the aforementioned. Quite a few times I could see behind the wing curtains, ironically called the "masking legs", ironic as they did not always mask the legs behind them. And I would go the extra mile myself and put some oil in the cod-liver oil bottle which had just come from the village shop. The pace was slow at times as another audience member pointed out, adding quickly that on the whole it was an excellent performance for an opening night by an amateur group, and with faith of a pick-up in tempo during the play's run.

Apart from those tiny nit-picked nano-no-nos, it was thumbs up all around when all nine of us came out of the theatre. And for hours of discourse later. In the words of one of the bunch it was "magical". Yes, that sums it up!

Not an easy task to direct a group of amateur actors I'm sure, but bravo agus maith thú John Keane. Job iontach ar fad déanta agat!

You have three more chances of seeing this excellent production - calling everyone, especially those in and around Knocknacarra, to give your heart a holiday - head to Donegal in the 1930s. You'll be glad you did! To book your tickets contact An Taibhdhearc at www.antaibhdhearc.com/ or call 091-563-600

Thanks I'm sure to the sponsers:

St. Anthony's & Claddagh Credit Union
Tom Sheridan's, Knocknacarra
Joyce's Supermarket, Knocknacarra
Dunnes Stores, Knocknacarra
Joyces Community Rooms
Fahy Travel, Bridge Street
Learn2Drive School of Motoring
Lyons Auctioneers, Woodquay
Crowes Bar, Bohermore
Mullins Londis, Shrule
Decorate Your Own, Woodquay

12 April 2015

I ndeireadh na dála, tá cuidiú againn leis an TUISEAL GINIDEACH

++ Tháinig an rógaire sin ón chlár raidió sin "Rogha Bhríde" isteach de rith ar maidin agus scread sí, "TABHAIR DOM DO BHLAG". Thug mé di mo bhlag. ("lámh" an focal ceart. Stupo!) Aisling Ní Acamé ++

-- Scríobh mé an píosa seo ar an 5 Márta 2015 ach níor fhoilsigh mé é ar chúis amháin nó ar chúis eile. Bhál, bhí fadhb theicniúil agam ag an am, ach tcím anois go raibh cúis eile leis fósta. Stupo. --

Fuair mé ceacht iontach ar an 17 Feabhra nuair a chonaic mé postáil ó Mháire Burns sa ghrúpa "Gaeilge Amháin" ar spacebook (mar a chuala mé ag RónanBeo :-)). Níl rud níos fearr ná amhrán somheabhraithe le cuidiú leat rud a fhoghlaim.

Sa deireadh rud éigin le cuidiú linn uilig, foghlaimeoirí agus cainteoirí duchasacha araon, cuimhniú ar rialacha an tuiseal ginideach GHINIDIGH. (Súil agam go bfhuil sin ceart. :-))

I dtaca le Colm Duffin ina thráchtas B.A.,

...tugann Maolmhaodhóg Ó Ruairc le fios go bhfuil an ginideach ar na trí ghné is mó neamhréir agus meadhrán sa Ghaeilge (Ó Ruairc 1999:162 agus 2006: 20).
Ach ní shílim go bhfuil gá le Duffin, ná leis an Ruairceach, ná liom féin le sin a insint daoibh.

Tá an t-amhrán seo "An Tuiseal Ginideach" le T-Rex agus na Rexxies iontach i mo bharúil féin, agus seans go gcuideoidh sé linn a bheith níos cruinne amach anseo.

Tá cúpla rud le rá agam faoin fhoghraíocht mar sin féin, ach mar a deireann Aisling Ní Acamé go minic, beidh insint ar sin lá eile. Arú níl sé comh cásta sin. Tá cainteoirí Béarla sa tír seo a fhuaimníonn an focal "three" ar an dóigh chéanna a bhfuaimníonn siad an focal "tree". Ar an dóigh céanna tá cainteoirí Gaeilge ann a fhuaimníonn na focail 'cách' agus 'cac' ar an dóigh chéanna, à la "Fáilte roimh...". Ná h-abair a gháth!

Ar aon nós, tá an t-amhrán agus liricí an amhráin "AN TUISEAL GINIDEACH" anseo thíos:

Dhá Ainmfhocal le chéile
Bíonn an dara ceann
Tuiseal Ginideach, An Tuiseal Ginideach
Bean an tí
Fear an phoist
Hata an fhir
An Tuiseal Ginideach, An Tuiseal Ginideach

Ag bun na sráide
Ar chúl an tí
Ar chúl an tséipéil
I lár na Páirce

Ainmfhocal díreach
i ndiaidh an ainmbhriathra
An Tuiseal Ginideach, An Tuiseal Ginideach
Ag insint na fírinne
Ag tógáil tí
An Tuiseal Ginideach, An Tuiseal Ginideach

Ar feadh na hoíche
Ar thaobh an bhóthair
Trasna na farraige
Ar thaobh na leapa
An Tuiseal Ginideach, An Tuiseal Ginideach
An Tuiseal Ginideach, An Tuiseal Ginideach


Ainmfhocal i ndiaidh
Réamhfhocail Chomhshuite
An Tuiseal Ginideach An Tuiseal Ginideach
Ar feadh na hoíche
Ar fud na háite
Dála an scéil
An Tuiseal Ginideach, An Tuiseal Ginideach

Ar feadh coicíse
In aice na tine
In aghaidh an dorais
Ar son na hÉireann [:-)]
An Tuiseal Ginideach
An Tuiseal Ginideach
An Tuiseal Ginideach
An Tuiseal Ginideach...

Haigh T-Rex agus a Rexxies, an dtiocfadh libh amhrán úr a chumadh le bhur dtoill?

Anois, mar a deirfeadh Fr. Dougal
"here's an idea right off the top of me head. I haven't thought it through so it's probably not brilliant, but what the hell, I'll just talk and see what comes out."
Ba mhaith liom go mbeadh na frásaí seo a leanas ins an amhrán úr:

Ar mhaith? Ba mhaith/Níor mhaith, An ea? Ní hea
An bhfuil? Tá/Níl, An ea? Oh sea!
Ar mhaith? Sea - NÍ HEA!!!, Ar mhaith? BA MHAITH!
Ar mhaith? Sea - NÍ HEA!, Ar mhaith? BA MHAITH!

Bhí mé ag smaoineamh ar an tiúin seo:

Ach mar a dúirt mé, níor smaoinigh mé go mion air.

Tá fhios agam anois cén fáth nár fhoilsigh mé an píosa seo ar an 5 Márta 2015 - ní raibh an t-amhrán úr seo le T-Rex agus na Rexxies foilsithe acu go fóill.

Filíocht amach 's amach!

Seo chugaibh anois é:

Maith sibh T-Rex agus a Rexxies! Mo ghrása sibhse!

Hup a dúirt sí!


Leabharliosta (nar léigh mé ach a léigh Colm ar mo shon. GRMA a Choilm!):

Duffin, Colm. Gnéithe de Chóras Gramadaí Ghaeilge Thír Chonaill:
Anailís ar an Tuiseal Ginideach agus ar an Chlásal Choibhneasta. Tráchtas B.A.
Ó Ruairc, Maolmhaodhóg. 1999. I dTreo Teanga Nua. (Cois Life)
Ó Ruairc, Maolmhaodhóg. 2006. Ar Thóir Gramadach Nua. (Cois Life)
+++Mar is gnáth, fáiltíonn Aisling Ní Acamé roimh cheartúcháin/mholtaí. Fiú amháin más rógairí a dhéanann na botúin. Aisling Ní Acamé+++

11 March 2015

"Lough Atalia works to cause 'mayhem' " or 'harmony' if you please! PLEASE!

+++That "raindrops-keep-falling-on-my-header" Bríd Ní Mhaoileoin just came in and said "gimme your blog or I'll take the wind out of your sails". So I gave her my blog. Aisling Ní Acamé+++ ______________

Breakfast and a newspaper. Ah, the pleasures of being a freelance translator! One of the articles which catches my attention this morning carries the heading Lough Atalia works to cause 'mayhem' (Galway Independent, 11 March 2015).

Mayhem is a strong word.

I only need to read one line. "Employees working in and around Moneenageisha [Móinín na gCiseach] will be seriously impacted by the impending works at Lough Atalia..."

I'm a glass half-full type of gal, so when I see the words "seriously impacted" I can only beam with possibility.

My car was off the road twice in the last 12 months. Once last year, for a week, and now again this week. Both inconveniences seriously impacted me. Last year I started cycling to work. Oh, the freedom of gliding past the chock-a-block traffic! It seriously puts wind in your sail, in every sense of the, ehr alterated (sic.) idiom.

And the not-having-to-look-for-a-parking-space. Yer siree Bob!

And then, almost a year to the day, like the proverbial kick in the arse I needed to get (back) on my bike, my car took itself for a holiday again.

Below is the Galway Independent map with the "circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one [is]", as Arlo of the Guthries would put it.

I call this one "mayhem".

And here is roughly the same area taken from that online map bunch. (Thanks! You're a great bunch of lads!). It's about 2.2km from one end of the disputed area to the other, as the crow flies. You'd do it in 10 minutes with the wind in your sails!

I call this one "harmony".

Lough Atalia can also work to cause 'harmony'. (Pun on the title intended).

Harmony is a strong word.

Extra nuggets:
Móinín na gCiseach
NEVER SAY NEVER! If these guys can do this, then surely "Park & Cycle" is also possible:
Park & Ride
Park & Ride, Christmas


+++On yer bike and gimme my bleedin' blog back! Aisling Ní Acamé+++

08 September 2014

D'aimsigh mé é/Found it

"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the things we need most in the world".

Bígí ag caint le chéile. Talk to each other.

Maidir le/Regarding: Simone Felice - (is that [si-mo-ne fe-leech-ay] or [sigh-mon fe-llisse]?). OR "Love song to Jean"

01 August 2014

"Each and every one of my body hairs is caught in a rubber band" Oh my Loom!

+++That loomin' mother-of-a-loomer Bríd Ní Mhaoileoin just came in and said "gimme your blog or I'll wrap your nose in a loom-band nose-holder". So I gave her my blog.
Aisling Ní Acamé+++

I opened a tin of sweet corn the other day and found a... LOOM BAND in it. No I didn't, but I thought that would catch your attention.

But we *have* officially changed our son's name from Oisín Ó Maoileoin to Oisín O, Meloom.

Loom dresses, loom suits, loom ties and dicky bows. Loom buddies. The craze is on. Tie-died loom bands, multi-coloured loom bands, glitter loom bands, glow-in-the-dark loom bands. I swear.

Loom bands were invented in 2011 but didn't enter this life until 2014. (And what a colourful, welcome and eventful entry it was. And fixture it has remained.) A few weeks ago on the other side if the stream someone bid £150,000 on Ebay for a loomy dress (but pulled the bid back), and 5 months ago on the other side of the pond, tv talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel asked the kids of America to send him their loomy creations. This is what he did with them, for charity.

and this:

and this:

I said it before, and I'll say it again. I swear.

The things are everywhere. As Jimmy Kimmel said "Each and every one of my body hairs is caught in a rubber band". Good ole Cheong Choon Ng! Looming rolling in it he must be. _________________________

+++Loom off and gimme my blog back! Aisling Ní Acamé+++

24 July 2014

Simone Felice - (is that [si-mo-ne fe-leech-ay] or [sigh-mon fe-llisse]?). OR "Love song to Jean"

+++That big bleedin' stealer, Bríd Ní Mhaoileoin, aka "The Rogue" from that fab new Irish-language music radio programme "Rogha Bhríde" (Bríd's choice), ran in AGAIN this morning and said "gimme your gd blog or else". So I gave her my blog. (after wondering "what the hell is gd, you gd stealer?").
Aisling Ní Acamé+++

THINGS (lots and lots of)
about the concert last night July 23, Róisín Dubh, Galway as part of "Galway International Arts Festival"
(not even very, very, very, very, very, VERY, vaguely in the line of a review)

I just sent an email to my long-lost friend in Pasedena, California. I hadn't seen him since the 29th of March 1984 in Saratoga Springs, New York. (or did you drive with us too to JFK Tim? That morning after Bob woke us up with William Tell's Overture a-blasting all around the house - the most effective and memorable alarm I've ever had in my life).

Since getting back in touch with him (Tim) two months ago through a series of couchsurfing-type adventures*, I had had a few very close "come finally to San Francisco" calls (it has been at the top of my "want-to-go-to-places list" for many's a year. It has graduated to "I'm-going-regardless" places). *From the 5-piece band from SF who played a house concert in my living room, to a guest from "just down the road from Pasedena" (hi Oliver) to a wonderful woman from "right over the Golden Gate bridge (the OTHER side of it)" (hi Marisa!).

I had more California-dreaming moments last night. I went to a concert of Simone Felice at Galway International Arts Festival with opener Samantha Crain, and loved it. I had never heard of either of them. Not until 20 minutes before the show when my friend Jean (I love Jean) played me 20 seconds of Samantha on Spotify and I said "well, I'm going". Jean wasn't that mad about Simone (not at that millisecond), but I quickly spotified him and said "well, I'm going".

Both singer/songwriters did some numbers which brought me closer to San Francisco. I wrote down the line from Simone but then lost my festival programme. But I did remember the words " ...if you go to LA, and meet a girl...look her ... in the eye and tell her I'm doing fine", so I googled it just now, and found the missing words. "If you go to LA and meet a girl out walking in the drizzle and the rain, look her straight in the eye and tell her I’m doing fine [...]". Yo liked it.

And Samantha Crain sang a song and/or told a great story about SF. I can't remember it. There were so many wonderful lyrics during the two hours, and so many fine stories. I thought of the great quote that was on the cover of the 2013 Cúirt International Festival of Literature brochure. It has fallen down the back of the set of drawers which holds my cd collection, so I guess it'll be collecting dust there for another while. I've tried to find the cover on the ole googler, without success, and there's more important things to be done. (if anyone has a copy lying around I'd really appreciate a photo of it though). The quote went something like: after food, shelter and companionship, the most important thing we need are stories. Yes sir/madame!

to be continued