Richard Gelardin and I had a fabulous week-long trip to Ennis Ireland for the Trad Music Festival there. Dozens of great sessions every night, all within walking distance. We stayed at a house in the middle of town, which our musician friends Betty & Bill Connor (formerly of Fairbanks) put us up in. Here are some photos:
Jim and I played 3 gigs in October, but only made it to the 1200 Coffee Shop once, since our Saturdays have been very busy. We will probably be there Nov. 2nd. And unless we drop in there again, we don't have any other scheduled gigs in November, but hope things will pick up after Thanksgiving. We have played at the Unitarian Universalists' 4th Friday Labyrinth Walk, and might do so again through the Spring. Since I'm traveling Ireland in early November, I'll miss the Ger McDonnell Ceili, but Jim will likely be there with some other Anchorage music pals.
Well the weather has finally cooled off, and we have had numerous rainy days. This is more like it! My summer job at the Unitarian Universalist church continues, as they are still finding someone to replace me. I will be done by next month though. Jim and I had a terrific time at the Harvest Moon Local Food Festival in Seldovia in September. The weather was spectacular, and it was fun to entertain some folks who have never seen nor heard of a hammered dulcimer before. We took a walk along the Kenai River, and I came home with a jar of locally made rhubarb marmelade. Hope we can come back next year! Sessions at McGinleys continue; Sky is back, and Tania Opland is in town for awhile. I am making plans to attend the Trad Music Fest in Ennis, Ireland -- leaving on November 4th -- yippee!