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Thread #55980 Message #878565
Posted By: GUEST,Frank Hamilton
30-Jan-03 - 03:22 PM
Thread Name: Irish Music and Religion
Subject: RE: Irish Music and Religion
The people at Comhaltas have been wonderful. They've been supportive, understanding and careful not to impose any ideas religious, political or otherwise on anyone else. They are the Membership of Irish Musicians and are encouraging, and delightful. I met Micheal Flatley at a Comhaltas meeting and found him to be articulate, accessible and a nice person. I've played with the Boston Branch, the St. Louis Branch and met folks in Monkstown, Belgrave Square in Dublin. The Comhaltas is doing important work by collecting folk material from Northern Ireland as well. My only concern is that this wonderful organization continues to grow and doesn't alienate people because of a few who have a religious axe to grind. I share this concern with many others who want to see Comhaltas internationally successful.