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Irish Mudcatters?

Sabine 24 Apr 01 - 03:04 AM
Lady McMoo 24 Apr 01 - 03:33 AM
Sabine 24 Apr 01 - 04:31 AM
alison 24 Apr 01 - 05:07 AM
Lady McMoo 24 Apr 01 - 08:09 AM
Lady McMoo 24 Apr 01 - 08:10 AM
GUEST,Claymore 24 Apr 01 - 05:06 PM
MartinRyan 24 Apr 01 - 05:12 PM
GUEST,Kerryman 24 Apr 01 - 10:14 PM
Sabine 25 Apr 01 - 04:37 AM
Lady McMoo 25 Apr 01 - 05:48 PM
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Sabine 26 Apr 01 - 02:56 AM
Fibula Mattock 26 Apr 01 - 05:57 AM
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Fibula Mattock 26 Apr 01 - 11:35 AM
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Fibula Mattock 26 Apr 01 - 12:16 PM
GUEST,Claymore 26 Apr 01 - 01:47 PM
Peter K (Fionn) 27 Apr 01 - 09:04 AM
Fibula Mattock 27 Apr 01 - 10:33 AM
Big Mick 27 Apr 01 - 11:23 AM
GUEST,Claymore 27 Apr 01 - 04:02 PM
Big Mick 27 Apr 01 - 07:59 PM
GUEST,YUM YUM 28 Apr 01 - 10:19 AM
GUEST,Claymore 30 Apr 01 - 06:42 PM
Liam's Brother 30 Apr 01 - 07:53 PM
GUEST,Niall Townley 30 Apr 01 - 08:20 PM
Big Mick 01 May 01 - 07:53 AM
Les from Hull 01 May 01 - 08:19 AM
sian, west wales 01 May 01 - 08:56 AM
GUEST,Claymore 01 May 01 - 09:28 AM
Peter K (Fionn) 01 May 01 - 10:12 AM
Fibula Mattock 01 May 01 - 10:15 AM
GUEST,Fleadh's 01 May 01 - 11:27 AM
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Sabine 02 May 01 - 05:03 AM
sian, west wales 02 May 01 - 05:16 AM
Kim C 02 May 01 - 11:38 AM
Les from Hull 02 May 01 - 11:45 AM
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Subject: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Sabine
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 03:04 AM

Hi all :o)

I'm going on a three weeks trip to Ireland in July. Would be great to meet any Irish Mudcatters.

My route will be Doolin, Ballyheigue, Dingle (1 week), Waterville, Aghadoe or Fossa and Mountshannon. I know this sounds rather queer but my whole familiy (my parents and my children) are joining me.

If there are any Mudcatters it would be great to get in contact or/and to join a session.

Regards

Sabine


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Lady McMoo
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 03:33 AM

Depends when Sabine but I'll be back in Ireland 11-28 July and will be in Clare at the beginning of that trip but mostly in Co. Galway later. I'm always ready for a session if there's one about!

Regards,

mcmoo


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Sabine
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 04:31 AM

We will arrive at Doolin on July 10th and stay there for two or three nights. And I definetely will join a session at McDiarmud's (or McDermott's??).

Our the next stop will be at Doonbeg (I forgot to mention it above) for 2 nights and then Ballyheigue (also 2 nights).

Would be a great pleasure to meet you :o)

Sabine


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: alison
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 05:07 AM

drop a PM to "death by whiskey"... he's over there somewhere... Tralee direction I think

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Lady McMoo
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 08:09 AM

Dear Sabine,

I think I could probably arrange to be in Doolin on the 11 or 12 July. The two other pubs that have (or at least used to have) good sessions there are McGann's and O'Connors.

Best regards,

mcmoo


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Lady McMoo
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 08:10 AM

Dear Sabine,

I think I could probably arrange to be in Doolin on the 11 or 12 July. The two other pubs that have (or at least used to have) good sessions there are McGann's and O'Connors.

Best regards,

mcmoo


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 05:06 PM

Sabine,

I'm glad you brought this up. Thirteen of the local musicians and dancers from the area around Shepherdstown, WV (80 miles up the Potomac from DC) are going to be going to Ireland in the last two weeks of August. The musicians have played together for years, while the dancers are cloggers who regularly teach that form of dance in the local area.

The idea started a couple of years ago when my Dad, brother and I traveled across Ireland, attempting to locate our Irish roots, and found them in the Ards peninsula in County Down. I thought then what a great time it would be to actually play some music in an Irish pub with local musicians. I never thought we could do Irish music any better than local musicians, but I thought that bringing back what they sent us some 200 years ago, with some of the tunes recognizable, (and some not), might be worth a pitcher or two at a some local pub with a place to play with some local musicians wanting to trade tunes, or dancers looking to add an "Indian hitch" to their dance step repertoire.

I mentioned this to another musician whose family went last year to the Fleadh Cheoil in Listowel, and had an absolute ball. We thought it would be fun to visit Ireland with a relatively talented group of local musicians who have been playing at local jams at the Great Hall of O'Hurley's General Store, in Shepherdstown for the past ten years. We play what is locally described as "Celtic" music although the truth of the matter is that the music is the Scots-Irish Appalachian traditional music that was brought to this region many years ago by Irish rail and canal barge workers, and over the years acquired an Appalachian overlay. Thus, ceili dancing devolved into clogging, and songs sung at a clip, like "Star of the County Down," evolve into majestic waltzes.

Getting musicians pointed in the same direction is an exercise that is somewhat like herding kittens, but we have done the impossible, and are now ready to be unleashed on an unsuspecting Irish population. While each member of the group brings some musical talent to the group, we are honored to have the regions best fiddler, Sharon Hall, assisted by members of the Martin Family Band, (hammered dulcimer, mandolin tenor banjo, fiddle, and keyboards) as well as disgusting intrusions by me on longneck, guitar, and autoharps, and four of the absolute best cloggers in the area. We are looking to trade tunes, and dances with local musicians at any pub that won't throw us out on sight.

We'll be in Doolin, Co. Clare at the Doonagore Farmhouse B&B on August 16-19, then to Listowel, Co. Kerry at Dillanes Farmhouse B&B for the Fleadh Cheoil from August 20 –25, then to Ferns, Co. Wexford at Clone House B&B, from August 26 until most of the group leaves on the 30th. I will stay for a few additional days to visit the North again, and at each of the former locations we do plan to divert to local sites of interest, or a promising chance to play.

I'm convinced that we are not the first to do this, but I must admit that we had to make all these arrangements on our own, as no travel agency would give us a quote on any kind of a package. I will say that, so far, Sceptre Travel (budget travel to Ireland) has given us the best rates on flights, cars and B&B's that we have found, and except for a few passports, we're bound away.

If there are any Mudcatters who know of local pubs, jams, sessions etc. in the above locations, that might want to trade songs 'n steps for pitchers 'n pints, please submit same.

And best of luck to you, Sabine; we'll "Follow in trace" a few weeks later… (And do post your experiences, especially the pub list).


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 05:12 PM

Sabine

Remember that the Willy Clancy Summer School (aka The Willy Week) is in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, the week of July 7-15.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Kerryman
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 10:14 PM

Claymore, a chara: When you're in Listowell, stop in at the John B. Keene pub. John B. Himself, the poet laureate of Ireland, may be tending bar. If so, give him my best. I'm sure he'll let you play, but I don't think the John B. has room for the cloggers.

have a nice trip. Wish I could join you for a pint of Smithwicks.

Slán


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Sabine
Date: 25 Apr 01 - 04:37 AM

martin,

you're right, I forgot the Willy Weeks *g*. I'm very happy that we found a B&B at Doonbeg *g*. Some good musicians from Germany used to be there the last years. Did you ever hear of "Shanachie"??? They're really good!

mcmoo,

great!! I played at O'Connor's last year but it was terribly noisy and for me as a singer very hard work to sing! The next night I was invited to join a session at McDermotts and I must say that this one was great!

So I hope very badly that the musicians will remember me so that I may join again :o)

Claymore, what a pity that I can't meet you all! It sounds very interesting. I wish you all the best, success and good luck. And - of course - lots of craic!!

Sabine


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Lady McMoo
Date: 25 Apr 01 - 05:48 PM

Dear Sabine,

PM me nearer the time and we'll fix something up in Doolin. I'll have my family with me too!

All the best and take care

mcmoo


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: paddymac
Date: 26 Apr 01 - 12:43 AM

Since you'll be in "the West" anyway, you really ought to drop in to the "Sheela Na Gig" down by the river in Sligo town. Three of the lads in Dervish own the place, and they have seisiuns every night but Wed. and Sat. When the band is at home, they are commonly at the pub for the seisiuns. Lots of other superlative local musicians as well.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Sabine
Date: 26 Apr 01 - 02:56 AM

mcmoo, I will do! I will look up all the information we need to get in contact.

Paddymac, I heard of this place. But unfortunately we will go southwards. So I won't have the time to go to Sligo nor to Galway :o(((

Maybe next year. But thank you for the information.

Slán

Sabine


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 26 Apr 01 - 05:57 AM

Claymore - where abouts in the Ards Peninsula?
Fib (who's from the Ards Peninsula - the end bit)


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 26 Apr 01 - 11:22 AM

Fib, My great, great, great, grandfather was John Moore, whose family was apparently driven out of Scotland after being caught on the wrong side of a Catholic/Protestant tiff. He shows up in Newtonards, as one of the builders of the Masonic Lodge in that town, and (from Lodge records still kept there) was a secretary at the lodge taking dues on July 4, 1775. He also is carried as one of the builders of the Presbyterian Church there. He lost several relatives, including at least one wife and a son who are buried in the abandoned churchyard at Morvilla (there are a great number of Moores buried there, hence the name?). John left Ireland and went to Nova Scotia where he built another Presbyterian Church, leaving two mill stones from his mill as the front steps to the church. He is buried there, and the rest of the family continued as millers, eventually moving to Boston in the 1840's where they became "Lace Curtain Irish" until the Great War and the Depression moved the family into the military as the career path of most of the sons.

Although no one in the family has been a Mason for many years, the Masons in Newtonards apparently gave John a document call a "Di Mit" which was a sort of character reference to show the Masons in the new world. This old document and a pair of jackplanes were the only thing we had to go on, in tracking him down. A documents examiner in Trinity College was able to make out the lodge marking on a lamp black seal on the document, that was unreadable to any of us, and the game was afoot. As an ex-cop I had told my Dad that we would track 'ol John to ground, if Dad lived through the heart attack he had a couple of years ago. Thus, two years ago my brother John, ('ol John's namesake) my father and I ended up near the ruins of a long abandoned church, looking at row upon row of Moores. When my Dad finally does go, he and his sons will have said it all...


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 26 Apr 01 - 11:35 AM

That's fascinating! I love hearing things about peoples' histories. (Afraid though, to tell you that the area in N'ards is Movilla - no "r" in there!) I wonder if the tiff that led to his departure had something to do with the 1798 rebellion? That's an extremley interesting period to study.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 26 Apr 01 - 12:04 PM

Fib, Thanks for the correction, I only had the local pronunciation to go from (no signs) and to our 'merican ears, the name "Moore" comes out as "Meer", causing no end of confusion. The only other thing to marr an absolutely wonderful time, is the total lack of anything approaching an American road map or street signs. The Americans are not invading Ireland, they're trying to find their way back to the airport.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 26 Apr 01 - 12:16 PM

Ha! I resent that! I spent 3 months in Chicago trying to find out why sliproads (exits) aren't marked properly, why no one can use a roundabout (turning circle - whatever!), and why you never see a sign until you've driven underneath it. And why all junctions are numbered instead of signposted!! *G* sigh...!


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 26 Apr 01 - 01:47 PM

Fib, Most people from either coast of the US regard Chi-town as an IQ test, i.e. the smart ones leave. As for traffic circles, Washington DC (About 80 miles down the Potomac River from here) has all the traffic circles you could want. I have taken foreign vistors to sit in the parks in the center of the circle (they're much bigger than Ireland's) and we wait to see how many nations will be represented in the pileups that occur during rush hour.

But for all of DC's faults, it is truely a world class beauty in the spring (and truely horrid any time else). It ranks right up there with the approach into Shannon Airport for beauty. I look forward to seeing it once again.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 27 Apr 01 - 09:04 AM

Lost in Chicago, Fibula? I got lost in O'Hare airport! I have, however, been lost in the byways of Ulster from time to time. The maps are fine, it's just that the roads don't always follow them.

The Fleadh was in Enniscorthy last year Claymore - it's Listowel this year, Listowel having got the vote by the narrowest of margins, over Warrenpoint, which would have been a first for Northern Ireland. Or maybe your friends were at a county or provincial fleadh rather than Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 27 Apr 01 - 10:33 AM

The fleadh in the 'point. What a thought! I believe the Down one is in Newry this year. Newry?????!!!!


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Big Mick
Date: 27 Apr 01 - 11:23 AM

Claymore, you impress me with your ability to speak for "Most people from either coast of the US". Funny, I have lived on both coasts of the US for fairly extended periods of time. I have a great many friends from those areas. None of them ever brought that bit of information up to me. Hmmmmmmmmm............I will take Chicago traffic (only tourists and uninformed boobs call it Chi Town. Bet you call San Francisco 'Frisco too......eh........LOL) over the rush hour on I5 or 405 or 605 or the Ventura or any other Los Angeles freeway beginning at about 3PM until 7Pm, any of the east coast freeways at the same time. Chicago is a world class city, with a vibrant music community, that is easy to navigate, especially if you just get off the expressways. It is easy to get around in if you use one of those newfangled things..............wadda they call 'em..........Oh yeah, ...........maps.....nothing to it. I love the Eastern seaboard, and I love the West coast. Know both of them very well. But they have nothing on Chicago.

By the way, because context is hard to read, I am just teasing Claymore, not being nasty. Sometimes it is hard to tell on a computer screen.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 27 Apr 01 - 04:02 PM

Mick, My Mom was born in San Fransisco, and I spent a couple of years in Berkeley, and a few more up in Bolinas in Marin County. Not likely to call it Frisco. I'm sorry you took offense at my remark about Chicago but it does have the worst airport in the known world (even Danang had more organization during periods of heavy cross winds and light to moderate ground fire). But they do serve excellent steaks, almost anywhere you go

Fionn, Yes it is the Fleadh Cheoil in Listowel we're headed for. We have a couple of youngsters trying to qualify in the New York competitions, (One got 4th in Tenor Banjo last year and the other took first in Hammered Dulcimer, so we've a record). I would have loved to do it in the North, but maybe next year. It wouldn't take much but some up-tempo to have these folks ready for the Ulster Bluegrass festival. In fact our fiddler loves to tweak things like slip jigs into a double stopped smoker like "Billy in the Low Ground." And this is a scouting trip this year; several of us are doing this with an eye to making it mandatory if you're going to play at O'Hurley's...


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Big Mick
Date: 27 Apr 01 - 07:59 PM

Claymore, read my last comment....I really was just teasing you. I would agree with the O'Hare comment with the exception of the new United terminal. That really is an easy one to get in and out of.

Good luck on the Fleadh and have a grand time in Ireland.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,YUM YUM
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 10:19 AM

HI FIB. good to see you back on air again, I don't doubt you got lost in Chicago, it took you eighteen years to find your way out of Portaferry! Still diggin' ???

best regards

yum yum


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 30 Apr 01 - 06:42 PM

Thanks Mick, I'm still hunting down pubs to play in during our stay, and now I'm getting notes from people that say, for example, "Go to Mike Whalens place in Killeen or McArthey's restaurant in Gort and tell 'em Gerry Gaghan sent ye" from Irish Ex-pats in the DC area.

When this thing is done, Sabine and I will have to "pub-lish" a list of pubs that let us play just for the experience of it. As I said in earlier posts, there may be a reason it hasen't been tried before with an group of musicians and dancers who know each other, but if so, I'm bound to find out why.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 30 Apr 01 - 07:53 PM

Hi Fibula!

When you write "I spent 3 months in Chicago trying to find out why sliproads (exits) aren't marked properly," I wonder if you were driving down the highways on the wrong side, thereby making the road signs improper... but you did live to tell the tale.

All the best,
Dan


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Subject: To Liams Brother
From: GUEST,Niall Townley
Date: 30 Apr 01 - 08:20 PM

Sir:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, when I was but a child, my father, John Townley helped produce(?)an album by your band The Flying Cloud. I must admit the album was one of several from my childhood that has had a far reaching effect on me. The particular two that stand out are your arrangement for "Tibby Dunbar" and "Jack Orion". In fact I am now in a band myself and we sing those two in an Irish bar here in Chapel Hill N.C.. I wish I could find a recording of the album again, but the only copy I had was vynal and it wore out a long time ago. Do you know where to get a copy?

Niall Townley ndolphin@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Big Mick
Date: 01 May 01 - 07:53 AM

BTW,Dan,I am interested in this as well...............any chance of one being available. Vinyl would be fine with me. My copy is long gone, as well.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 01 May 01 - 08:19 AM

Sabine, Claymore - We've visited the West of Ireland several times with fellow singers and players. Last time there were 22 of us. My experience is that in most pubs walking in with musical instruments means that you HAVE to play. We've had some great times and met some great people.

Most of the pub music is done by artists who are booked to play for that night, but they'll usually ask if anyone in the pub wants to play, and they'll accompany (or not as the case may be - they're still getting paid).

By asking around you'll find out which pubs will let you play. Fortunately jukeboxes are rarer there than in most other places, and the Irish I've met appreciate music more than any other people I've met. Having said that, some of the sessions can be a bit 'precious', so always ask.

It's probably best when you arrive in a new location to send out scouts to each pub within staggering distance and find out exactly what goes on, when it happens and what sort of things are welcome. We're sure that you'll have a wonderful time and want to do it all again straight away. Perhaps you can post some of your experiences here?

Les and Maggie (I wonder if we'll be there again this year?)


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 01 May 01 - 08:56 AM

What's in Newry? When? I'm pretty sure I've got a three-day Leader II meeting in Newry, 26-28 June, and am thinking of hanging around for the weekend ... or maybe just back to Dublin before flying back to Cardiff.

sian


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 01 May 01 - 09:28 AM

Les, I loved the post, especially about being "within staggering distance". However, in my case, with a body style that my father said "Won Northern Europe" and carrying a 32 pound six string banjo, I tend to lurch rather than stagger, and am plenty of trouble for lorries. (They can bang the dents out, but they'll never get rid of the stain... )

Liam's Bro, I think you put me on to why it was so hard for me to find my way while driving in two countries that I knew at least one dialect of the spoken lanquage. And I thought they were responding to my "Honk If You Want to Know Jesus!" sticker...


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 01 May 01 - 10:12 AM

Sian, be sure to go to the Cove, a mile or two along the road out of Newry, going towards Hilltown - ie along the non-coastal route to Newcastle. Sessions are on Tuesday nights. Their claim used to be that they never missed a session. It's a good few months since I was there last, but I've no reason to think the tradition has been broken.

Leading supporters/participants include Ben Sands and other members of that revered family.

There's the usual welcome and encouragement from fellow musicians for anyone attempting to play Irish traditional, but those of, for instance, my own modest competence need to exercise a little discretion. Audience expectations are high. The likes of Tommy Makem, Sean Maguire and Cathal Hayden are well-known at the Cove, not to mention the great, the one-and-only, the fabulous (oh for Noreen's grasp of html!) B A R N E Y M c K E N N A.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 01 May 01 - 10:15 AM

hello again yum yum (if that's what you want to be called!). Long time since you've been hanging round Mudcat.
sian - there's feck all in Newry, it's the toilet bowl of Ulster (I'm only half-serious). Still, I'll find out what's happening and let you know.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Fleadh's
Date: 01 May 01 - 11:27 AM

Reading this thread reminded me of how much Ireland has changed in a very short time.

My best times there were spent not playing music but wandering the little lanes in the countryside, the mystical silent mornings with only the tree trunks and everything above visible, all else shrouded in mist.

There is a Foot and Mouth scare at this time you may want to ensure before you leave that there are no biohazards in your luggage, that you stay off farms if currently in infected areas etc.

Driving, the left hand shoulder is often used by tractors and cyclists so at night and if there is a fog, stay off of it. Speed - last I knew it was 55 mph max, the new highways are 65 and dualies. They will arrest you if you get caught DUI, don't take any chances, from what I hear these days it is about the same as the UK.

Playing, I think Les made this point very well. Ask.

Tay, lol there is lots of great sessions but great Tay -hmmm has to be sought out.

Sessions in the USA - where?

Co Clare, great for Music.

Listowel, you'd be spoilt there, some of the purest and most original mountain fiddling I ever came across is in the region, but again you'd have to seek it out.

Directions, after a while one gets used to the roads and the most used ones show it, side roads - no a good idea unless you know exactly where they lead lol.

Tunes I still enjoy, When Sick Is It Tea You Want, The Sun Rise, Job of Journey Work, The Farewell. Songs The Sick Note, Finnegans Wake, Paddy Mc Ginty's Goat.

Odd places you'd never think of going lol, Granard still the annual meet for Harp Players from all around the Globe, Kilkenny Town a fascinating city. Co Down in NI - what can I say poke around. The Shannon lakes, still often very quiet and you'd not see many folk there. Sligo Town already mentioned above, look out for some of the old style fiddlers!

Deceptive distances, e-w the Island is less than 300 miles , n-s not a day trip. Think Mountians and driving around them, so a short trip can often end up being a long one.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 01 May 01 - 09:23 PM

To a woman of the world like Fib (I believe she's a student now!) Newry must indeed be quite a bore. But take her scoffing with a pinch of salt, Sian. The Cove on a good night is as good as any session you're going to find in Dublin - just not Fib's cup of tay, perhaps.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 02 May 01 - 04:57 AM

I was only messin'. My Other Half's from Newry (well, he says it's far enough outside Newry to claim no allegiance). Anyway, the Down fleadh is on the 23/24 June in Newry. More details will follow if I hear any!


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Sabine
Date: 02 May 01 - 05:03 AM

Back again from an great pub-session-birthday-party-weekend *g*

Les, you're right. That's the way I always did. Just went up to a session (which are indeed mostly paid sessions), a friendly smile and the question: may I join your session? Or something like that. And it works!

I'm counting the days !

Sabine :o)


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 02 May 01 - 05:16 AM

Fib and Fion, thanks for the info. Talk about plans just missing the mark! The Leader II meeting is supposed to be discussing Culture in Community Development - we should be there 3 days earlier! Hmmm.. this may require some creative rationalisation to The Boss. Memo: "Why I should go to the meeting 4 days early" by S.Thomas, Research & Development.

Works for me!

with thanks sian


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Kim C
Date: 02 May 01 - 11:38 AM

I wish I was goin to Ireland. :-(

Mister and I spent 6 miserable hours in the O'Hare airport on our HONEYMOON. Eventually we did get to the cruise ship.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 02 May 01 - 11:45 AM

It's not always that easy from this side Kim. The last time we spent 26 hours in Holyhead waiting for the Irish Sea to calm down enough to allow that glorified shoebox they call a ferry out of the harbour. Give me a ship-shaped ship every time!


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 02 May 01 - 04:37 PM

Don't forget to call in to Custy's Music in Ennis - I know I sound like their agent, but I've never actually been in the shop, just ordered over the phone and on their website (www.custysmusic.com) and love it.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: NSC
Date: 02 May 01 - 05:09 PM

The Aonach Paddy O'Brien festival is on the from 16th to 22nd August in Newtown, near Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. There will be lots of crack and sessions including singing sessions with the Nenagh Singers Circle, in Barry's pub, Newtown.

This is a fabulous festival and it is followed by the All Ireland Fleadh the following weekend.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Shall
Date: 03 May 01 - 02:00 PM

NSC, I am very curious about the word CRACK!Dah.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 03 May 01 - 03:23 PM

Sharro, you disfunctional goddess, it means "good conversation" and is usually given the gaelic spelling of "craic."


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Yum Yum
Date: 03 May 01 - 09:21 PM

This time I must agree with you Fib. Newry has always in the past had a good name for sessions (for those who are two sentences behind a conversation)traditional music / singing / boozing /(the odd technicolor yawn - BOKE) but this time the truth has to be told. NEWRY .... has never had much going for it in the way of culture! I know that someone is going to attack me over this, BUT, the last time the Fleadh was held there, They closed the place down! It was a disaster! The only people who attended, were drunks who sang 'Horse-lips tracks' or Danny Boy, sorry, I am not trying to stir things up, but I had to sit through 56 verses of Willie McBride (Finton Vallely you picked the right song to tear a-sunder) anyway..Sabine have a great break and if you find yourself in the North, go to Bangor in Co. Down. and look up a little shop in Grey's Hill,callwd 'Geordies', it's a stained-glass making 'kind of a shop'. He is Geordie McAdam, and he plays the fiddle like you have never heard before!! He plays traditional and Blue-grass, he has played in the USA on many's an occasion and would only be too happy to shut up shop to play you a few tunes. I was a stranger and he did for me. Have a nice time,

Yum Yum


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 04 May 01 - 08:48 AM

And while we're at it ... any ideas about places/events in the south-west,preferably accessible by public transit? I'm only 45 minutes from the Fishguard-Rosslare ferry and could/should slip across more often...

sian


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 04 May 01 - 03:17 PM

Damn, meant the South East of course. Heck, TGIF! (Although there is a new air service, Cardiff-Cork)

sian


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 04 May 01 - 10:11 PM

Sian, what's a Leader II course.? (I take it everyone else already knows.) And Fib, sorry for my tetchyness. I've heard so many people slagging the place for real, I just assumed you meant it too.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 06 May 01 - 04:49 PM

Sorry, Fionn (does that mean Foxglove, as in Welsh?)...

Anyway, the Leader II thing is immaterial but, Leader is a European programme for rural community development. One of the better ones, in my opinion. Every 2-3 months, the national networks (i.e. UK) get together to share info about projects they've done, or want to do. I don't work for a group, but I deal with the Welsh Leader network so I get to go to the shin-digs. And I get to go to Ireland ... yippee!

sian


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 07 May 01 - 02:36 PM

Oh ... and I also have to work, I should add.

Really. I do.

sian


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 07 May 01 - 05:24 PM

Fionn, Fibula, Yum Yum,

While not wishing to highjack the thread, I'm wondering if either of you could suggest some high spots in Northern Ireland for a four-five day visit, August 29 to Sept 2, 2001. As I noted in an earlier post, I plan to break away from the Shepherdstown group when they return to the US, and go north.

I'm looking for good music, scenic views (seacoast or inland), and recommendations on B&B's if you have them. I had thought of some form of clock-circle tour involving a drive north from the Dublin area through Drogheda, with an immediate swing way up to Omagh and the Ulster Folk Park (if you think it's worth it). Next to some point near Coleraine to take the coast roads around to Larne and hence to Newtownards (and Bangor, where I will look up Mr. McAdam).

If I'm able, I would want to continue down the Ards Peninsula and cross over towards Downpatrick and Newry, (my map is not clear about the crossing from Portaferry to Strangford), and then sprint south to catch the plane in Dublin. I'm not tied to the mast on anything particular, so if there are places you think highly of, that I've missed, please advise.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 08 May 01 - 07:53 AM

There's a car ferry from Portaferry to Strangford. It takes about 5 - 10 minutes, and they run every half hour (on the hour and half hour from Strangford, and at a quarter-past and a quarter-to from Portaferry. I got it to school for 7 years). If you're in Portaferry, have a drink in Fiddler's Green - you'll get a singalong in the evening, but not a hard-core trad session, but it's a very friendly pub and they do B&B too. That's my plug for the day!
I'm ashamed to say that I haven't visited the folk park in Omagh, so I can offer no opinion on it. There's a folk museum near Bangor, Co. Down, which is quite good.
Downpatrick is not the nicest of towns (personal opinion, I was at school there) but I do believe there's good music thereabouts. They have a folk club, and a webpage to go with it - click here. Try to get a drive through the Mourne Mountains as well - a beautiful part of the world.
There's a few sessions to be found in Drogheda (I will get up-to-date details from my Other Half who currently resides there). It's also worth visiting the archaeological sites therebouts, such as the Boyne passage tombs, Monasterboice etc. If you kick over a stone in that place you'll find something of archaeological importance.
If I can think of any more, I'll let you know.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 08 May 01 - 02:17 PM

Spot on about Geordie, Yum Yum, if not about Newry! He's a great cyclist too, as well as a wizard with fiddle and stained glass.

There's another fined fiddler in Bangor, Dianna Boullier, who you can catch any Friday night, along with other musicians, at 35 High Street. The place is labelled the Ormeau Bar, but is known as Fealty's, as you would expect in Ireland, and is owned by someone else. (Dianna's written a book about Irish traditional - try a search on that peculiar spelling.)

Claymore, you're right to do the Coleraine-Larne bit via the coast, but take a dive inland for a session most Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Skerries, Newtown Crommelin (often includes a piano - don't know if that puts you off). The piano player used to be a regular at the famous Cross Keys, near Toome - now back in business I believe, after last year's fire. The Cross Keys is well worth a visit, but I'm not sure when sessions are since the re-opening. Try a search (two words) - it has a website. (Add words like Antrim or Comhaltas to narrow it down.)


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 09 May 01 - 05:00 AM

Dianna's book is called "Exploring Irish Music and Dance" and is aimed at introducing children to traditional music, but is well worth a read no matter what age you are.

Sessions in Drogheda - try Carberry's (Ni Chairbre's) on the North Quay. They have sessions on Sundays from about midday 'til 2pm, and also on Tuesday nights. It's a great wee pub, and if you speak any Irish you'll get an even warmer welcome.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 09 May 01 - 11:46 AM

Fibula, Ah Lass, the only Irish I know is the typical solution to any American's problems; the throwing o' the green. And I have no brogue, twang or drawl, but I do have a ready smile, a love of the country, and I "clean up good", so with any luck, you won't catch me backing out of any pub.

And Fionn, thanks for the info on the coast roads. For the little time I had in Donaghadee two years ago, the Irish north coast reminded me of the northern Califiornia coast road, Route 1, north of the San Fransico Golden Gate Bridge, which is used in all the car commercials in the US. (You know, the snake-bend roads, surf spashing, beautiful female passenger looking on approvingly as he pops the clutch, type of ads).

I shall continue to monitor the this thread, as I'm sure Sabine will, and I intend to post a thread (Perhaps "Riverthump in Ireland," after the name I've given the cloggers) prior to leaving, which will warn prescient Irishmen everywhere, that the rumble under their feet means their West Virginia cousins have arrived. Thank you all again.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Philby
Date: 09 May 01 - 05:48 PM

Check out the Cork Folk Festival, usually on end August, early September, e-mail whammond@oceanfree.net for details, you'd never know Claymore, you might get a gig.

If you do let me know. I'll make sure to catch it.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: mooman
Date: 09 May 01 - 05:56 PM

Dear Sabine,

I can confirm that we will be in Doolin on the 11 July and would love to meet for a chat, music or song if you'd still like to.

Due to my wife joining Mudcat and swallowing my cookie in one gulp and some type of computer weirdness that I don't claim to understand all my earlier posts now bear the name Lady McMoo.

If you'd like to PM me nearer the time with meeting up details, times, etc. I therefore you PM me under my "new" Mudcat identity of:

mooman

All the very best

mooman (TMFKAmcmoo)


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Jimmy C
Date: 09 May 01 - 06:56 PM

At last I am off to Ireland tomorrow (10th May) but unfortunately for 2 weeks only. I will be in Belfast and maybe in Co Down and will not have a chance to wander around Clare, Kerry, Cork as I have dome many times. However I am sure to have a great 2 weeks in Belfast. There is a large session planned in my sister's house on Sunday and it will probably go on until Tuesday. Will try to contact Annroi when I am there. I will post again on my return. Alison and Seamus, I will bring you back a rock???.

Slan,


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 09 May 01 - 08:00 PM

No disrespect to Donaghadee and Co Down, Claymore, but scenery-wise they don't come close to the Antrim Coast Road and the near-coast minor roads between Coleraine and Ballycastle.

As for the road north of the Golden Gate, I've pedalled that, and even wiped the sweat off my brow in a vain attempt to look cool in the trendiest joints in Sausilito (sp?). It was supposed to be the anti-climax after three months in Alaska, and nearly stole the show - which is saying something, because Alaska blew me away like nowhere I've ever been on earth.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Bawn
Date: 10 May 01 - 09:33 AM

We have started a small folk club in a local village (N.Ireland) and are going now almost a year. Still fairly amateurish but we enjoy it. Whilst following this thread a through it dawned on me, why not twin with another club for mutual benefit.

This was quite popular here a few years ago when towns "twined" with foreign towns to promote each other to encourage business and tourism.

Any Thoughts ?

Perhaps should start a new thread

RobinA


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 10 May 01 - 11:07 AM

So which village is it, Bawn?


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 10 May 01 - 12:01 PM

Touristy or not, I think the Giant's Causeway is absolutely amazining. A guy I know has the concession to do the guided walks from the tourist centre there - and he's a mine of information. That whole trek, from Dunluce Castle eastwards is great! (Pity about the golf courses, but you can't have everything!)

sian


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 10 May 01 - 05:39 PM

Fionn, You've made my day, and the Antrim Coast Road goes into the itinerary, together with the Giant's Causeway. I now thank God for computers, as they allow me to insert and edit my itinerary.

Last night, at a jam we hold in a local train station, I passed around a brochure from the Ulster Appalachian-Bluegrass Festival in Omagh, from two years ago, and we all sat around grinning like great apes. I've been given another mission from the group to gather information about the Ulster Festival this year, (even if it's not going on while I'm there). Two years ago, it was held August 31 – Sept 2, which means that it might be possible for the rest of my group to come again next year, catch the Fleadh Cheoil wherever it's held, and then trek north for the Ulster Festival. We would be learning things at the Fleadh, but right at home for the Festival, as that is our music. And if this idea catches on, you could begin to regard Americans like rats with banjos.

And make no mistake, were it not for some folks failing to believe in this year's trip, our group would be larger. (There is the sound of anguished crying in the land, "We coulda been in Ireland").

As for being blown away in Alaska, I was kidding Dave the Gnome that once on a flight to "Gnome," we wheeled in across Norton Sound, and landed in a cross wind so heavy the pilot told us the strip was using a log for a wind sock.

And I hope you got as far up California One as Bolinas, just north of Stinson Beach, where the road comes down through Muir Woods. I spent many happy summers there, during the polio scares of the 50's. I look forward with much anticipation to the drive along the northern coast.

Brawn/Robin A: I repeat Fionn's question; Which village?

My town, Shepherdstown, WV is built around a college, has a population of approximately 1,200 people, and is located some 70 miles up the Potomac River from Washington DC, just up from the confluence of the Potomac and Shennandoah Rivers at Harpers Ferry. We have been gathering at a Thursday night jam for some twenty years at a old general store called O'Hurleys, with a large music room (exposed beam and clinch-nailed random oak floor, with a two-story fireplace from floor to ceiling) attached. We call it the "Great Hall," and there have been three marriages and two funerals conducted there, and several local musical celebrities such as Brian Bowers, Sam Rizzeta, and Maddy O'Neil have held concerts there.

We have solved our version of the Irish Question, by permanently displaying the Irish Republic Flag across from the Northern Irish Flag, with them separated by the Irish Brigade Flag ("Erin Go Bragh"), first flown during the Civil War battle of Antietim, (which was located just across the river). Tommy Sands song, "There were Roses" is a local favorite, and during the Syrian-Israeli peace talks held last year in town, we had both Jewish and Arabic musicians playing at our jam.

I'm not sure what you're proposing, but our Morris Dancers are "twined" with a group in England, and our Border Morris with a group in Wales. As the local saying goes "Get particular, and we'll talk".


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 10 May 01 - 08:42 PM

Claymore, I got as far as some place where a huge river met the Pacific. I followed that river inland (and upwards) on C116, or was it 118?, to Gurnville(?) and eventually Santa Rosa. I then had to head south as I was right out of time. Forgot to say in the last post that the Golden Gate Bridge was an experience on its own, with a cycle lane totally segregated from motor traffic.

It would be dragging this thread too far off message to recount my extraodinary adventure in San Francisco - I'd send you a personal message if you ever signed up and joined this community. (But maybe you're using someone else's PC?)

I hope you appreciate that everything's on a slightly smaller scale in Ireland? Oh, and the trees don't go quite so high.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: alison
Date: 10 May 01 - 10:55 PM

Yes please Jimmy... and if you can't manage rock... a nice bit of potato bread would do too.....

add my vote to the Antrim Coast Road..... the Larne end of it isn't as dramatic as it is at the top.....

take a detour to Glenarriff..... there is a restaurant (Laragh Lodge.. if I remember rightly) before you get to the park.. where you can sneak into the waterfall section... go round the back and follow the "boardwalks"... some beautiful falls........

heading on up.... Carrick -a-rede rope bridge is worth a look.. but a bit of a hike to get to,

Giant's Causeway is fantastic..... it's a hike too.. but there is a bus.....

my favourite place still has to be Kenbane castle just west of Ballycastle, (great butcher on the main street.. wonderful sausages.. look for the trophies in the window)

Kenbane is a ruin at the foot of a cliff on an island.. on a good day you get views to Rathlin Island in the background.........

Dunluce is a great castle.......

Portrush and Portstewart are your usual touristy towns.... but if you go to Coleraine.. go out the other side and head for Castlerock (I lived up there for the last 3 years before I moved to Australia)..... and walk through the "Black Glen" to the "Mussenden Temple"... again superb views over Castlerock and Downhill beaches.. and the whole of the Bann estuary......

and seeing as you're already up there.... take the Bishop's Road.. from the Downhill Hotel.... up over the top of Binevenagh mountain... and head to Derry.....

go through Derry and get to Griannan of Aileach (off the Letterkenny Road).. simply the best celtic site I have ever been to....

that should keep you accupied for a few days.... that's the thing with Ireland.. it looks very small on a map but there is so much to see........

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: alison
Date: 10 May 01 - 11:01 PM

heading south from Belfast.. the whole of the Ard Peninsula is lovely .... my favourite bit is Nendrum Monastic site... follow signs from just outside Comber....... the Mourne Mountains are worth a look and the road from Hilltown to Carnlough has some fantastic views....

The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum outside Belfast is well done.....

it is years since I have been to the Ulster American one at Gortin near Omagh... but it was always good... there is another one close by it... which does Ireland through the ages... from Stone Age right through... with dolmens and round towers etc... unfortunately they didn't put enough thought into it....... obvious power points and fire extinguishers.... which I'm sure the monks didn't have away back then......

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,yum yum
Date: 11 May 01 - 05:22 AM

ALISON, how right you are. NENDRUM is ALL and MORE! I visit Nendrum quite a lot and never tire of the views and the peaceful feeling it gives me just being there. The history surrounding the site is fascinating. Another moving sight is the Portaferry Road on a summers evening, when the sun is sitting low,reflecting on the tide. Gosh, I'm getting sentimental. Fibula Mattock you must have felt that travelling that road!

Bawn, what is the name of your village, I would love to come to your session some time.

Yum Yum.


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 11 May 01 - 05:38 AM

If you're in a car, just east of the Giant's Causeway is a little place called ... Ballentoi? ...toy? We found it by mistake, really ... but twisting your way down to the old harbour is really worth it! Small, but perfectly formed!

Oh, and what dance group in Wales? You should consider doing the Pontardawe Folk Festival (3rd wk August-ish) some year.

sian


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Bawn
Date: 11 May 01 - 06:30 AM

The village in question is called Hamiltownsbawn that's quite close to Markethill that is on the main road from Newry to Armagh. I live near Portadown, which is about six miles from Hamiltownsbawn.

Our Club is really quite young and probably quite amateurish compared to what's about but we enjoy it. We are learning and more importantly wanting to learn and, probably not terrible knowledgeable about the folk world in general.

"I'm not sure what you're proposing, but our Morris Dancers are "twined" with a group in England, and our Border Morris with a group in Wales. As the local saying goes "Get particular, and we'll talk". "

I'm not sure either what I'm proposing on the "twining issue" it was just a thought.

How does it work with the dancers ?


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 11 May 01 - 07:45 AM

Ahh, the Lough road down the Ards Peninsula... on a November evening when the sun is low and the shadows are long... sigh. Mind you, I am so happy here in Bristol at the mo, as the sun has been shining all week and I've been picnic-ing on the Downs and having loooong lunches in beer gardens!


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 11 May 01 - 08:26 AM

Bawn, I'll be staying near Moira (don't let that put you off!) around the end of June and probably again in August, expecially if they go ahead with the Ulster GP. will your club be running during the summer, and what night/day?


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: alison
Date: 11 May 01 - 10:08 AM

Bawn... I was in Hamiltonsbawn last year when I was home.. my paternal great grandfather's family (Emerson's)are buried in Edenavase churchyard which is at Hamiltonsbawn..... I was doing some family tree research.............

small world eh???

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 11 May 01 - 12:43 PM

Fionn, The wild and beautiful river you pedaled along was the Russian River, named for a Russian fur trapping settlement in California, that was bought out as part of the Alaska Purchase. It means you definitely got past Bolinas, past Drakes Bay (where Sir Francis Drake's engraved lead plaque was discovered, claiming California for England) and past Bodega Bay (where Hichcock's movie "The Birds" was filmed). To pedal all of that is a tribute to your physical shape, because even if the views are breath taking, so are the hills.

And for now I must stay a Guest, as my job allows me frequent access, as long as no emergencies intrude (I do the disaster relief/NBC Weapons of Mass Destruction deployments as one of the interfaces between FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and DoD (Department of Defense). And I share all your missives with my fellow travelers to be.

Brawn, as far as I know, the "twining" involves providing housing and sponsoring alternating visits between the groups. Since Morris dancers tend to run in packs, they are frequently either leaving for England, or sponsoring a trip to the States, en masse.

As for the Border Morris, they tend to be the personality types whom I characterize as those who should be watched through a small hatch in the door, while they sleep. (Are the Welsh like that?)


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: mike putt
Date: 11 May 01 - 05:17 PM

Sabine I am here in Limerick, and would love to meet you and your family either in Doolin or Limerick. Let me know more about your timetable, you can mail me on mikeputt@iol.ie


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 12 May 01 - 06:06 AM

Claymore, seems we might have driven poor old Sabine out of her thread anyuway *G*, so I'll just take the creep a bit farther to say it was indeed the Russian River, but I'd no idea about the connection with Alaska, where I'd just been. In Alaska I was always close to people who knew the territory, but I was entirely on my own in California, and the few people I got talking to didn't know much about their own surroundings. Wish I'd had your number! (I'd been planning to go out from SF to Yosemite, but a cyclist in the hostel where I stayed persuaded me to do the coast instead. I guess I'll never know how the two rides compare, but surely Yosemite could not have been more spectacular than the ride I actually did.) The gradients were tough, but nothing like coming down from Fairbanks to Haines. (But then bikes these days have insanely low gears that allow people like me to potter along at 0.001 mph.)

Sorry to hijack your thread again Sabine - maybe we should be having this chat under a slightly more appropriate subject heading, Claymore!


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: Sabine
Date: 14 May 01 - 03:13 AM

Mike, I'll contact you during the following days as well as mcmoo. Sorry folks, I'm not lazy but very, very busy at the moment...

Fionn and Claymore,

no problem at all *g*. It was interesting *giggle* Maybe I'll make a new thread of it.

Blessings

Sabine


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Subject: RE: Irish Mudcatters?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 14 May 01 - 05:51 PM

Sabine, Thank you for your graciousness. I suspect that at some point, we will be able to write the definitive tour guide "Irish Pub Crawl for 'Merican Musicians" with a specific chapter comparing Northern California with Northern Ireland.

Fionn, I would not have envied your decision, even as you made it. Yosemite is sort of a Denali in a box, and it was probably better that you took Cal One north, as it gave you a more varied view of the western portion of the US. But Yosemite is a god awful close second, though I can't imagine biking in or out. I doubt if you could have enough rubber on your brakes to make it down, or enough chain to make it up (tractor gears or not). In the old days, we would have to pressure bleed the cars radiator twice going in or out. (If you had a bad radiator cap, your hoses would go, and we would use the old rule of bleeding our caps, when our ears popped). An old mans memory says that of the two ways I can recall, coming in by Chinese Camp is screaming drop, whereas going out along the Merced River is a longer, but gentler grade through the Sierras.

Brawn, While playing for another wedding at O'Hurleys, I brought up your idea to the proprietor, and he likes the concept. We'll pass it around at our Thursday night jam, and see what percolates up.


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