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GUEST,Claymore Irish Mudcaters (58* d) RE: Irish Mudcaters 12 Jul 04


I just got back from the Ol' Sod and am sorry that this thread appeared while I was gone. I did put out a thread I was coming, but the MudCatters I knew couldn't make the schedule.

To begin with, I did not wreck even once during this trip, so the rental car people are still in business over there, but I will say the Opel Mireva was an excellent rental vehicle; sort of a small van with an automatic transmission (a must for Americans and other right handers). The roads in Clare and throughout Ireland are much better than a couple of years ago, with many of them widened by a crucial foot or so, and many with traffic markings painted on the road surfaces.

We drove to Doolin to play at O'Conners, then to Cork for the Dulcimer Fest and a concert at Firkin Crane. I'm sorry I didn't know about the MCs at Cork or I would have looked them up.

Then we went back up to Galway for a couple of days in the pubs (stayed at the Jurys Inn). From there we went to Omagh to play Old Time in the American Independence Day festival at the Ulster Folk Park. I was struck by the large crowds for all four days of the festival. We ran into some great musicians from England (a Patsy Cline cover band, who were great fun) and a vaudeville act from Branson, Mo. The Park provided room and board on the Park grounds and every evening we had some great jams. There were also a number of Native Americans there for an exhibit of "Indian" life and a large group of Civil War re-enactors from GB, Ireland and Wales who camped out for the duration of the festival. What a hoot. Evenings were spent discharging muskets, war-hoop and rebel yell competitions, I Fall To Pieces, Lorena, and flat footing to Angeline The Baker.

I'm sorry I missed you folks, but we're coming back next year, so I will save this thread in order to get the word out quicker next time.


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