Saturday, 14 July 2007

House Concert - The Parting Glass

Friday night the craic in Ottawa was here and it was good. Last night, House Concert attendees enjoyed the inspired playing of Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin and local guitarist Ian Clark. Gearóid’s historical interjections provided fascinating historical context to the tunes we don’t often get in regular sessions, or concerts. The selection of tunes and their playing was often quite moving. The humour was good and plentiful, too, coming from both musicians and guests. Tough crowd! After the main two sets, we were further treated to the talents of gifted local musicians: Ellen MacIsaac (songs), John Dahms (fiddle), and Don Kavanagh (harmonica). This of course was followed by a house session with these, and more, local musicians! This was the first house concert I’ve hosted. While it is a bit of effort to put on the opportunity to host such talent and fine people in your own home is well worth it. It was a pleasure to host and meet all of my guests. As I can’t play an instrument well at this time this was also one way to give back to the session musicians who I enjoy on a regular basis. Heartfelt thanks to Gearóid and Ian, and all guests. See you in the pub!

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