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September 23, 2006


I'm soooooo jealous! Ah well, I think we might be able to hear them live in April out here in Dayton. Enjoy!

Hey Linda! I'll snap a few photos and send them your way. I'll need the pictures to prove to myself that the group was really here! We'll miss you and John.

Wow! Last night was the concert - two sets at about an hour each of the best live Irish music I've ever heard! Five players kept us mesmerized: whistles and flutes, pipes, fiddle, guitar, string bass. Tracy and I sat at a nice high table about 20 feet from the stage where we could see every member of the quintet. It's not about how fast they play in unison together (though that was stunning), it's about the spirit of Ireland that seems to capture the place as they play, make jokes, and mingle with the crowd during breaks. It was hard to believe we were still in Fresno (though they had to keep reminding us with jokes about the heat, Motel 6 and IHOP). I swear I could hear the waves crashing on the beaches of Wexford.

The joint was packed and I'm sure tickets will be hard to get when they come back (they said they would be back next year!).

Dang, I forgot my camera. I wanted to post some video. Next year....

John, teach me how to play Jigs and Reels!

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