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Subject: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 08:51 PM

OK....

you have got 10 minutes..... the Conklin Caelidh Band is performing at the Grand Rapids festival of tha Arts about 10 minutes from now....

see them here

the last time we tried this the link wasn't working.. but I have it loud and clear here...... well the band before them anyway.....

hurry and get your seats....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:03 PM

OK here's another link (gets you one page closer).. the band before has just gone off.. and they are due to come on

9pm EST....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:07 PM

So Mick wasn't in the rock band then? ;)

Not sure what I'm getting now - sounds sort of millitatry

Jon


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:10 PM

yeah brass band while they change.. but there is a band lining up on stage.. I assume they'll start soon

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:12 PM

I just lost the link.. what about you Jon?


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:20 PM

Got it sounding great - good hd player with them!

Jon


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:21 PM

Sounds like a variation of Speed The Plough - Soldiers Joy now...

JOn


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:21 PM

SH*T!!!!!!! got Mark pinging it here.. the problem looks like it is in Australia... wave at them for me Jon

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:25 PM

OK I got them back

Mick is singing "as I roved out"

the hammered dulcimer player is Jim's daughter.. she decided to step in after her father died.........

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:25 PM

My video sucks but the music is coming through fine! The HD player did her father proud.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:28 PM

Sorry al...we cross posted there and I should have mentioned who she was, but once again you prove yourself my better!...(She did do a fine job though)

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Dave Swan
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:30 PM

God, it's good to see his ugly face. This time last year we were drinking beer and telling lies on the shores of Gunn Lake. Thanks for the notice, Alison.

D


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:43 PM

I logged on just as they started Ballad of St. Anne's Reel? Is this still Big Mick? Kinda looks like 'em.


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:46 PM

Yep, and they did play the Ballad Of St Anne's reel. I tried to play along with it on mandolin banjo but they were in some weird key (not G or D) or I was out of tune.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Allan C.
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:46 PM

Damned if he doesn't look just like himself!! Sounds good too!


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: hesperis
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:52 PM

Coolness!


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Giac@Brian's
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 10:10 PM

Wonderful! Thanks Alison, and thank you Mick and band, it was great. Hey, thanks too for saying Good Night Mudcatters.

Mary


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 10:11 PM

YAY.... Mick you were wonderful....

after some early technical difficulties (during which my computer got called every name under the sun!!!) I got back in and had fantastic sound and pics from St Anne's Reel through to the end.........

its was a lovely tribute to Jim........ Shelley did a fantastic job.........

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 10:12 PM

yes I heard "good night Fair One" and "Good night Mudcat"

thanks Mick

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 10:12 PM

Thank you Alison. After wading though a man with an electric guitar, I got see Mick and Company perform. He wore me out with his energy. A beautiful tribute to Jimmy. If the group had tried to sing the "Parting Glass" I'd had been in tears. The "Famine Road" was a first for me. Hope to learn it soon. Congratulations, Mick. Wonderful stuff.


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 10:12 PM

Enjoyed it a lot - thanks Mick and crew - and Alison for letting us know it was on.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 10:18 PM

Great!!! Loved it even the lad's bad jokes. Hopefully he'll be down here on the 6th to spend an evening with Bill, Sam and Ian..........El Swanno, Allan, et al....WE'll drink that beer for you....unless you can make it yourself.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Dave Swan
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 10:29 PM

Mick, I had to go chase a false alarm, so didn't get to see it all, but what I did see made me wish I'd been there. Now get some rest, you're booked for a number of Layabout gigs next week.

Cheers,

D


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 11:30 PM

Damn it I missed this! Is there an archive in the works?

Spaw, be sure to take lots of piccies, okay?!

kat


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 12:07 AM

DAMN THIS SLOWBOAT SHIT-PUDER!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Big Mick
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 02:03 AM

Thanks, folks, and thanks to my darling Alison, forever known as THE FAIR ONE, for letting folks know about it. It was so friggin cold that I could barely feel my fingers, which accounts for some missed notes (fingerstyle is a bear when you don't have fingers.......LOL). At any rate, for those that would like another chance to hear us, we are playing tomorrow, Sunday June the third, on the same stage. The same link should work. They asked us to come back and do the set again.

This is the largest all volunteer festival of its kind anywhere. It is three days of every kind of dancing, singing, performance art, as well as arts and crafts anywhere. The entire downtown area is shut down and approximately 15,000 volunteers make it happen. It has been featured on all the major network morning shows over the years and is featured in an exhibit on volunteerism at the Smithsonian Institution. The stage you saw us perform on is built around a huge stabile done by Alexander Calder, which is called Le Grande Vitesse.

If you all get a chance, look in on us tomorrow at 2:15 Eastern Standard Time (US) until 3:15PM. And if you hang around for the act after us, you will see my little girl, Ciara, dancing with the Donahue Irish Dancers. As a side note, she competed in the Detroit International Feis today and took a silver (2nd Place) in the treble jig in hardshoe. This is her toughest competition, so I am very proud of the wee girl.

Jon, it just must have been the connection. We do The Ballad of St. Anne's Reel/St. Anne's Reel in straight G.

Catspaw............bite me...........the jokes are funny as hell and you know it...........LOL.

Thanks again to all for the nice comments.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 03:01 AM

Break my heart, Alison! You got to me 2 hours too late!


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Banjer
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 05:35 AM

I will try to catch it today at the 2:15 hour!! Sorry I missed it he first go around. Looking forward to it.


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 06:37 AM

well if I'm awake at 4.15 am.. I might just watch you again....lol... jsut to see what I missed in the first bit..... *grin*

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Night Owl
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 12:25 PM

I'm looking forward to catching the show at 2:15 pm. THANKS for the info alison and Mick!!


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Amergin
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 12:35 PM

well shit...i was too busy putting holes in my memory last night....so i missed it...and now i am at work and ill miss it today also.....shit...


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 02:10 PM

Gettin' ready.


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Night Owl
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 02:15 PM

just got it here...HOORAY!!


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 02:17 PM

well I thought if I'm awake at 4.15am.. I'll watch again.. see if I can catch the first half of the set...

so far shannon has had a bad dream and sneaked in beside me..... one of the cats has jumped on me...... hence I can't sleep...... so I'm here.. and its 4.20am in Oz.....lol

so Mick.. make it a good one.....lol

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Dave Swan
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 02:36 PM

Just saw a great shot of Mary Lou and Ciara carrying on in the front row. Great to have the wife and kid at a gig.


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 02:41 PM

I wondered if that was them.. saw a girl dancing too earlier... was that Ciara?

sounding great again Mick... pity you never learnt how to hold that tipper properly *grin*....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Alice
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 02:55 PM

Just happened by the Mudcat and caught this thread in time for the Sunday performance. I'm really enjoying hearing your voice for the first time, Mick, and now that I can see you in comparison to the other guys on stage, and I can also see what a Big Mick you are. Really enjoying it. Wish I could sing with you sometime.

Alice


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: momnopp
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 03:06 PM

small world - fun stuff


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Mark Clark
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 03:13 PM

I caught the set by accident as well, the last half of it. Great job. Very nice to see you all perform live.

Wait... what about an encore. Oh crap, they're gone.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: IvanB
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 03:15 PM

Great performance, Mick! Looking forward to the dancers now.


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: alison
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 03:16 PM

great job again........ now its 5.20am.. and I'm off to bed....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Night Owl
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 03:42 PM

Super job Mick..waited for an encore here as well.. sheeesh!! Awesome watching and listening to Jim's daughter on the Hammered Ducimer as well.....and the heart smiles of support you gave her.


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Barry Finn
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 05:33 PM

Sh%#$@&it, missed 'em both, just as well I guess though. Don't want the wife & kids to know about the riff raff I refere to as friends. Then again it probably would do my fatherly/husbandly rep some good to have them realize that I do sometimes socialize with my upper crust betters. Catch you in Oct. LOL, Barry


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Dani
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 04:51 PM

I'm so sorry to have missed this!!! Been sick off and on, and missing out on some 'catting.

Glad some of y'all got to catch the big guy live, though. Isn't he a cutie? I'm holding my breath 'til the Autumn, Mick, but would love to have heard the big band and seen your girlie dance! Glad a good time was had by all.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 08:32 PM

Yeah.........one of those days. I have heard from Turlough O'Carolan's Solicitor and he indicates that I may not have made enough money in my life so far to cover the damage I did to Planxty Irwin. Boy.......you ever had one of those performances where your brain clearly knows what to do and your hands basically tell you to f#@k off? Between that and the damn cold damp wind playing hell with our instruments, we were struggling. But we managed to pull it in and make it through.........LOL.

Thanks very much for the nice comments. Did any of you catch the interview I did beforehand? I plugged the hell out of Mudcat and mentioned several of you by name.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Jun 01 - 08:42 PM

Well, I missed EVERYTHING! Too bad they don't archive these things.
Mick, I'm sure nobody noticed the goofs except you. I don't perform, but my hands frequently ignore my brain when I play. The cold couldn't have helped.


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: GUEST,Brían
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 02:05 AM

I'm sorry i missed it too, Mick. By the time i got to the link Alison provided, there were ladies in tutus trwirling about.hope to catch you sometime.
Brían


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Banjer
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 04:26 AM

I was able to catch the first half of the set on Sunday afternoon. It was VERY enjoyable. Can anyone tell me why the video quality was so bad. Is it my video card or the source image? All I got was blurs, enough to make out shapes and colors but not nearly as clear as I would have liked.


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Amergin
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 04:29 AM

funny guest, Brian....I thought that was him....


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Subject: RE: Big Mick performing LIVE online
From: Big Mick
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 09:01 AM

Dammit 'Gin..........try as I might, I can't teach you the difference between a Kilt and a Tutu, let alone ladies and gents........LOL.

Not sure, Banj, which it is, although I did listen to the tape later and the sound was horrid. In the stage area the sound mix was much better than what I heard on the tape.

Both of these gigs were from hell......thank God for a good audience. Despite the sunshine on Sunday, the atmosphere was windy, cool and damp. And Saturday was one of the coldest on record and damp. The effect on our instruments was dramatic. We simply couldn't keep 'em in tune. It was very tough. In reviewing the tape, Tom (Mandolin) was tuning every other song, and still had them pulling. As I referenced above, the 12 string went out during Planxty Irwin so badly that it was distracting.

Which brings me to a question. Does anyone have any experience with the Rainsong line of instruments? This was, by far, the worst combination of conditions I have performed under. The effect on the instruments, as stated above, was dramatic. I am thinking that a guitar which is made of carbon fiber and reputed to be weather proof might not be a bad investment. I have played one and they have a very good sound in the shop, a little light on bass response but very acceptable. I am told they, like the Ovation, sound excellent when amplified.

Second question.......The cold, windy, and damp weather also impacted my voice and Mike's (other singer) voice in a very noticable way. What do Mudcatters do to prepare for these types of conditions, and what do Mudcatters do to recover between closely spaced gigs in tough conditions? Any sprays that work well? Any tricks?

Mick


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