She hung out with her good friends, Emily and Livia, laughing at some videos after dinner….
She recorded for Willie Fogarty of www.comhaltas.ie. Willie has been recording Haley every time we see him since he first heard her play at a MidAtlantic Fleadh when she was seven years old. This year she recorded a couple sets with her friend Jayne, who placed 1st in Under 18 solo fiddle this year, recorded a set by herself, and recorded a couple sets with her duet (and Méara Meara bandmate) Keegan, who took 1st in under 18 uilleann pipes, uilleann pipe slow airs, and tin whistle slow airs…yes, he's an amazing musician!
Friday night there were sessions late into the night….
|Sessions with Keegan and Haley's CD producer John Whelan.|
|Sessions with uilleann pipers, Joey and Patrick (also the kids trio/duet coach)|
|Sessions with Jeanne, Patrick, and Aaron.|
|Haley with teacher, Brian Conway!|
In return, he gave her an uilleann pipes lesson…Haley's reaction when she first got sound out of those pipes…priceless!!
After rehearsals it was off to Saturday night sessions until the wee morning hours. Saturday night the session consisted of all young teens with the occasional adult sitting in…so much fun watching them interact and make music together!
Sunday morning was duet and trio competition day. Haley and Keegan took 2nd in under 18 duets.
The Converse Trio took 1st in under 18 Trios…there was some great competition in both events (I have no idea how judges even decide).
Haley shared her trophy with the composer of her Fleadh jig, Billy…
Here's a little video of Haley practicing her jig for the Fleadh a couple months ago. She changed the key from the original key…she was playing it in 5 different keys at one point trying to decide which she liked best. She had added in quite a few more variations by competition time but this will give you an idea of what it sounded like. It's great little jig…
We spent the night in White Plains Sunday night then drove home Monday morning. On the ride home, a friend contacted us to let us know Haley and Dylan's track on www.tradconnect.com earned the #1 spot on their Top 20 Traditional Tracks for April 2015. We were home for 30 minutes before driving to Philly for a violin lesson then to the Monday night session with Dylan…because four days of Irish music is just not enough.