Sunday, March 28, 2010

St. Patrick's Day...

I am learning that March is a very busy month for Irish musicians. Haley and Dylan played their 1st St. Patrick's gig of the week on Sunday at Haddonfield Home, a retirement home. They enjoyed playing for the residents and their families during their St. Patrick's Day party.

On Monday night, all 3 kids played on WVLT radio for an hour on the Cruisin' with Philly Carol show. They played tunes, told jokes, and answered questions from Carol and call-in guests. Haley did most of the talking during the show since there was only one mic in the studio for them and she took it over (it always amazes the kids and I that they broadcast radio from such a small building not much bigger than a mobile home). Her confidence, poise, and humor during the show were amazing for a 7yo...she did better than I would ever have done. They loved that their cousins in college in NC were listening on the net and called in to the show to say "Hi."

Wednesday morning I received a call for the kids to play at Sacred Heart Church for a St. Patrick's Day concert. Haley and Dylan played and probably played had their best performance together so far. They both smiled and flirted with the audience plus played wonderfully together. They had a great time and also were able to hear a woman with a wonderful voice singing both Irish music and a few selections from musicals and a priest who writes poetry recited some of his works. The photos above were sent to me by a couple attending the event.

Last Sunday, Haley had one of the best days of her far. She was asked to play in a concert with one of her fiddling idols, Kevin Burke and a group of musicians. Kevin and Cal Scott played a concert first then the other musicians, including Haley, played a concert "session style." In between the different parts of the concert, a pipe band played. Before and after the concert Haley was able to talk with Kevin and Cal and played some of the tunes she's learned recently from their latest CD including her current favorite written by Cal, "Stella's Waltz." After the concert, Cal took Dylan backstage and gave him a quick lesson on the guitar chords for "Stella's Waltz" which was very nice of him. The photos of the concert were taken during the sound check prior to the concert because no photography was allowed during the program.

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