Sunday, March 15, 2009

Playing for St. Patrick's Day #1...

Yesterday afternoon we took Haley to Fergies to play with an adult Irish session. We went there a couple weeks ago and she had a great time. This week, being St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday, there was a huge crowd and the session was being held upstairs with mics and amps and everything (unlike last time when they sat at a little table and just played). No musicians were there when we arrived so we snagged a table near the little stage area (luckily a group was leaving as we arrived upstairs). The owner noticed Haley's fiddle case and thanked us for bringing her saying he had heard all about her from our last visit.

The musicians who did arrive we had never seen before. There was an accordian player who seemed to be the most likely to be in charge so I approached him and asked if it was a session or a band then told him I had brought Haley to play. Haley took a seat on the other side of the stage from him. They started out playing a few songs Haley didn't know then the accordian player asked her to come sit by him, she handed him her tune list, and he asked her what she wanted to play. At first they didn't mic her and she played with him playing softly next to her. After he heard her play, he turned the mic toward her and asked her to play something else.

The crowd was crazy about her. They gave her standing ovations, cheered, clapped along to her playing, and cheered every time she went back to her seat to play again. People were just amazed by the tiny little girl kicking her feet that barely hung from the seat playing away at the fiddle. People took photos and videos of her, including the other musicians. As the afternoon wore on, the crowd became rowdier and rowdier so we decided it was time to leave after a couple hours. As we were getting ready to leave a number of people asked to have their pictures taken with her and the owner thanked us saying more people were there because of Haley than because of St. Patrick.

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