Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Congrats, Haley! 5X MidAtlantic under 12 Irish Fiddle Champ!!!

This past weekend was the 2013 MidAtlantic Fleadh in Parsippany. (Yes, I spent Mother's Day listening to Irish music...What better way is there to spend that day?)

Saturday, Haley did a great job playing and took 1st for the fifth year in a row in the under 12 solo fiddle. She took 2nd in fiddle slow airs. Her friend, Sofia, took 1st and her other friend, Bram, took 3rd so it was a great competition!

Dylan competed in under 18 accompaniment. He had decided about 2 weeks or less ago to compete because he doesn't really like to compete and would rather just perform. It was a "bad mommy" moment for me because the first competitor in his competition played and Haley, Dylan, and I looked at each other and said, "He played three tunes." I had forgotten that they go from playing two tunes in under 15 to three tunes in under 18. Ugh! I had Haley and Dylan (Haley played fiddle for Dylan to accompany) quickly pick a hornpipe they often play together. They had no time to prepare it or practice it before Dylan's turn came up. He played great but he isn't the most traditional of players so he didn't place. He had planned to compete in banjo and in duets with Haley but he only knows jigs and reels on his banjo and didn't have any other type of tune to add for a third tune so he withdrew from those competitions. He and Haley will work on it for next year and be ready to go.

Sunday, Haley, Alex, and Keegan...they called themselves "The Converse Trio" because they all wore Converse sneakers but Dylan said maybe the "Coffeetotallers" would be a better name in reference to some of their favorite Irish musicians who call themselves the Teetotallers...took 2nd in the under 15 trio competition. They worked really hard and played well together plus had a lot of fun doing it.

In between competitions the kids spent a lot of time going swimming and playing tunes together until the wee hours of the morning. It was a great weekend!

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