Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Every now and then my kids are invited to perform with some of their favorite Irish musician. They have quite a few "favorites" so the opportunities have been varied. Sometimes Haley shares the stage with The Chieftains, joins John Whelan's band, is invited to play with Mick Moloney, or plays with her teacher, Brian Conway, at gigs.

Last night was Dylan's favorite night because he was able to sit next to his #1 favorite guitarist, John Doyle, and perform a set. We went to see the Teetotallers perform in West Chester, PA. If you have never heard them, you must check them out. They are three of Irish music's most amazing musicians who decided a couple years ago at Swannanoa Gathering it might be fun to join forces and perform together.

The "Converse Trio" (Haley, Alex, and Keegan) who, along with Dylan, call themselves the "Coffeetotallers" opened the concert for the Teetotallers and got the crowd warmed up with a couple sets of tunes.

The Teetotallers took the stage with their mix of music, song, and fun. Kevin Crawford, Martin Hayes, and John Doyle are amazing musicians and so funny they had the audience laughing throughout the show with their stories and tune introductions. After a standing ovation, they invited the kids back onto the stage with them for a finale set…which they worked out in a couple minutes while thankyous were being given to the people who made the concert possible.

We got some pictures at the end and thanked them for a lovely evening. It was a nice warm up for Swannanoa in a couple months.

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