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Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!

Suegorgeous 13 Nov 09 - 09:01 PM
Jim Carroll 14 Nov 09 - 02:53 AM
MartinRyan 14 Nov 09 - 05:12 AM
Fergie 14 Nov 09 - 07:23 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 14 Nov 09 - 09:28 AM
The Sandman 14 Nov 09 - 10:29 AM
Suegorgeous 17 Nov 09 - 08:41 PM
Suegorgeous 18 Nov 09 - 10:00 PM
MartinRyan 19 Nov 09 - 03:45 AM
GUEST,leeneia 19 Nov 09 - 10:31 AM
MartinRyan 22 Nov 09 - 08:29 AM
Suegorgeous 22 Nov 09 - 07:34 PM
Suegorgeous 24 Nov 09 - 08:41 PM
GUEST,Philippa 25 Nov 09 - 11:39 AM
MartinRyan 25 Nov 09 - 11:48 AM
Suegorgeous 25 Nov 09 - 02:32 PM
Frank_Finn 25 Nov 09 - 07:25 PM
Frank_Finn 25 Nov 09 - 07:30 PM
Jim Carroll 25 Nov 09 - 07:35 PM
Suegorgeous 26 Nov 09 - 04:46 AM
MartinRyan 16 Feb 10 - 06:20 PM
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Subject: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 13 Nov 09 - 09:01 PM

Just to say - belated thanks to all who responded to my plea for info earlier in the autumn. I had a fantastic trip to Connemara, Clare, Kerry and Cork. Some highlights:

Tulla Festival - the 5-hour song session in the pub with Robbie McMahon and Nora - wonderful! plus discovering Martin Hayes' fiddle playing.

Nell Galvin festival - the excitement of finding I was top of the beginners' tin whistle class (though only through virtue of unexpectedly knowing the fingering, through recorder playing as a child!)

Connemara - driving over to Omey Island at low tide and exploring the ruined chapel. Swimming on a hot day on a deserted beach near Ballyconneely, with only some curious cows on the opposite beach for company.

Mizen Head peninsula in Cork, particularly my magical stay in Schull.

Meeting Jim Carroll (for all of 3 seconds!) at Frank Harte Festival.

Disappointments: barely none, but outside the festivals, found even music sessions (let alone song sessions) hard to track down in small places. Turned up at a couple advertised locally, to find zilch happening. Probably summer is better for that.

Many thanks to all! hope to get to some places I missed next time round.

Sue


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 02:53 AM

Sue
Sorry not to have been in touch following our extremely brief meeting (not up to late nights much nowadays and you were off the following day).
Was particularly anxious to hear you thoughts on the singing workshop (pm?).
"Probably summer is better for that."
Nope - Winter is when we entertain ourselves and not the visitors.
Attended a local singers gathering last night and was staggered to hear at somewhere around 10 singing sessions taking place in Clare.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 05:12 AM

Meeting Jim Carroll (for all of 3 seconds!) at Frank Harte Festival.

- which means you met MartinRyan for zero seconds and presumably also missed a few other regular 'catters who were present!

Glad you enjoyed your trip.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Fergie
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 07:23 AM

And what about me, you met Fergie for zero seconds as well and I was surrounded by regular 'catter like Liberty Boy and Domo and thetwangman and that fecker MartinRyan. And how come Jim Carroll kept you all to himself (even though he met you "for all of 3 seconds!" the selfish git).

Next time your over, avoid Carroll and Ryan and meet me for a few seconds and I'll introduce you to some real 'catters that know how to treat a girl.

Glad you enjoyed your trip, come back soon

Fergus Russell


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 09:28 AM

I am afraid I was on the bill for the Nell Galvin thing but failed to turn up. I have now officially turned into a recluse and don't seem to be able to make myself play out.

In fairness, I used to go out to Moyasta with Kitty Hayes and try get a few tunes across over the noise of the punters, a bit of a struggle always. Peadar Crotty would sit beside us on the stage shouting things into the microphone like 'shut up you feckers and listen, this is lovely music'. Ofcourse they never did. With Kitty gone and Peadar dying just days before this year's festival I felt there were just too many empty seats on the stage that I didn't want to face.


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: The Sandman
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 10:29 AM

well Sue,only five miles from me,and still we met for zero seconds.


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 08:41 PM

Jim - to be honest, I found the workshop so-so... it was quite short, and more of a song than a voice workshop, with songsheets handed out and singing from these mostly. although we did all sing one verse each of a song we knew. I think everyone else was local (and Irish!), they made me very welcome. Sorry I couldn't stay on the next day for more sessions, but had to book ferry on that day for various complicated reasons...
Guess I was just unlucky with tracking down song sessions while travelling - I did ask around a lot locally... maybe they're a secret kept from "visitors"!?

Fergie - was it you I spoke to on the phone? I did ask the chap hosting who you were, and he pointed you out, but you were at that time busy attending to the woman who'd hurt her head...

All the "zero-seconds"...no way for me to know who you were... I arrived late and disoriented at that first session (had a horrible time finding my way into Dublin from the motorway). I was a bit too shy and overcome to actually sing in that huge room full of strangers, sorry!

Peter - yes, I know what you mean, the chatter overpowered everything at times... enjoyed the evening music and sessions (though not enough songs for me!) - but the best bit, as I said, was doing the tin whistle class, alongside several small children and a couple of adults (again, think I was the only non-local!). I have a few nice pics of the event.

Anyone know of any singers' festivals/weekends coming up in next few months, please let me know, as flights can be cheap...

Sue


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 10:00 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: MartinRyan
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 03:45 AM

more of a song than a voice workshop

This is normally the case at Irish festivals. One exception, perhaps, is with Phil Callery (once of The Voice Squad). I attended a session (one of three IIRC) he ran at the Feakle festival in August. Phil combined exercises, examples, advice and song lore in what I thought was a real tour-de-force.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 10:31 AM

Congratulations on a successful trip, Sue.

I've been to Ireland myself. The beauty of the countryside can be incredible.


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: MartinRyan
Date: 22 Nov 09 - 08:29 AM

BTW

The two singers festivals I can think of in the early part of the year are Wexford (February?) and Inishowen (March?). I'll check the dates and post them later.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 22 Nov 09 - 07:34 PM

That would be great - and any weblinks if there are any.


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 24 Nov 09 - 08:41 PM

Anyone know what the Joe Heaney Festival is like?

Joe Heaney Festival


Martin - by Wexford,you mean Rosslare?


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Subject: Joe Heany festival
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 11:39 AM

quite a small festival consisting mostly of singing circles (unaccompanied singing, mainly but by no means exclusively, Irish)
a fair bit of local participation including a lot of young people doing old-style solo dancing


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: MartinRyan
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 11:48 AM

Sue

Yes - Rosslare, Co. Wexford. It's a few years since I've been there - despite the attraction of a possible visit to the North Slob Wildlife reserve. Until recently, Wexford was the only county in Ireland where a birdwatcher was likely to bump into another (birdwatcher!). Now they're falling over each other...

Regards


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 02:32 PM

Philippa - hmmm, small = preferable in my book! so will think about getting here.

Martin - yeh, please let me know more details on this and any other singers' (as opposed to music) festivals in Ireland. Couldn't find any current details of Rosslare on the net.

Thanks
Sue


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Frank_Finn
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 07:25 PM

And don't forget Sligo Singing Weekend gorgeous Sue!! The weekend after the Frank Harte. 1st to 3rd October 2010 See Website


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Frank_Finn
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 07:30 PM

Maybe this will work

website


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 07:35 PM

And the West Clare Traditional Singing Week-end at the beginning of November, and the Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin weekend next month in Cúil Aodha, Co Cork.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 26 Nov 09 - 04:46 AM

D'ya have links to them please, Jim?


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: MartinRyan
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 06:20 PM

Inishowen featival 2010

Regards


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 07:00 PM

Thanks Martin.


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: olddude
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 09:42 PM

refresh my memory, when is the Puck Fair, I thought it was in August but don't remember. God that was fun ... don't miss it the next time you go over


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Subject: RE: Sue's report on Sept trip to Ireland!
From: Gweltas
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 09:50 PM

Olddude,
Normally Puck Fair is held in Killorglin, Co.Kerry, Ireland, every August 10th 11th and 12th.
XX.


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