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JedMarum 19 Mar 01 - 10:09 AM
GUEST,leeneia 19 Mar 01 - 10:24 AM
JedMarum 19 Mar 01 - 10:34 AM
Mrs.Duck 19 Mar 01 - 11:08 AM
SINSULL 19 Mar 01 - 11:27 AM
Maryrrf 19 Mar 01 - 11:45 AM
gnu 19 Mar 01 - 11:50 AM
Clinton Hammond 19 Mar 01 - 12:00 PM
cait 19 Mar 01 - 12:02 PM
Lyrical Lady 19 Mar 01 - 12:11 PM
GUEST,petr 19 Mar 01 - 12:14 PM
JulieF 19 Mar 01 - 12:14 PM
GUEST,Matt_R 19 Mar 01 - 12:17 PM
JedMarum 19 Mar 01 - 12:20 PM
Kim C 19 Mar 01 - 12:21 PM
Sorcha 19 Mar 01 - 12:43 PM
BobP 19 Mar 01 - 01:13 PM
Clinton Hammond 19 Mar 01 - 01:21 PM
jeffp 19 Mar 01 - 01:54 PM
Jenny the T 19 Mar 01 - 02:42 PM
GUEST,guinnesschik, cookiless for the nonce 19 Mar 01 - 03:09 PM
gnu 19 Mar 01 - 05:33 PM
Matt_R 19 Mar 01 - 05:40 PM
katlaughing 19 Mar 01 - 06:08 PM
little john cameron 19 Mar 01 - 06:09 PM
alison 19 Mar 01 - 10:28 PM
simon-pierre 20 Mar 01 - 12:14 AM
DonMeixner 20 Mar 01 - 12:27 AM
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Subject: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: JedMarum
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 10:09 AM

Well, we've had some good discussion on what we will and won't do on St Patrick's day. I thought it might be good to hear what actually happened. Did you stick to your promises? Did you actually sing Danny Boy again and again, and enjoy it? Did you have one too many glasses of 'mother's milk' yerself? Did you make St. Patrick proud?


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 10:24 AM

We had 20 guests for dinner (corned beef and cabbage). Only one guest drank too much, and he merely got too loud, nothing more. We handled him. After dinner, we projected Irish music on the wall, and 9 of the guests played while the others did art or dishes, as they preferred. One kid (a sleepwalker who had to be watched) slept on the couch right in the middle of all this.

The pieces were: Kesh Jig, Redhaired Boy, Wee Lass on the Brae, Monaghan Jig, Kitty McGee, Star of the County Down, Banish Misfortune, Battle of Aughrim, and that perennial favorite, I Forget...


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: JedMarum
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 10:34 AM

Monaghan Jig?? Hmm. I need to find out more about that tune. Col Wm Monaghan is a very inetersting character to me from the US Civil War era. He was an Irish born officer for a Louisiana regiment. He died at Sharpsburg late in the war, and had quite distinguished himself as a hero and a well respected leader before that.

ooops! thread creep - and it's my own thread!


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 11:08 AM

One aftermath I hadn't envisaged was that the wash in wash out green dye I put on my hair wouldn't!


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 11:27 AM

It's not easy being green...
Corned beef and cabbage, Guinness, and Irish Coffee made with Jamison's. All in moderation - sigh.


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Maryrrf
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 11:45 AM

Oh well, I ended up in a pub where a man dressed like a Leprechaun was singing the likes of "Peg o'My Heart", "When Irish Eyes are Smilin'", "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen", "McNamara's Band" - Oh and "Danny Boy" about 10 times at the request of the audience. Green Beer was served, along with green jello vodka chasers. The patrons wore plastic leprechaun hats and had shamrocks on their lapels that flashed "Kiss Me, I'm Irish". Most people had far too much to drink. I didn't know what I was getting into when I went but just look upon it as well...an experience. I was booked to sing at a pub the next day and did well known but somewhat more acceptable songs like "Whiskey in the Jar", "Rocky Road to Dublin" and "Black Velvet Band". Nobody asked for "Danny Boy" which was just as well!


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: gnu
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 11:50 AM

Isssoverrr ? Why do I still hear the step dancers ?

g...oh yeah...nu


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Subject: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:00 PM

I played 4 gigs, starting solo at 11 AM and ending with the band at 2 am... it was all in all not half as bad as I expected... I had very little voice left by the end of the night, but we had lots of sweet young drunken american chicks jumping around and flashing thier tits all over the place!!! I really hope america keeps it's drinking age as stupid high as it is, and you mothers keep letting your daughters come over to canada where big hairy folk singers get to see 'em in various stages of undress!!

My fingers are still sore up to the elbow... And I haven't even tried my voice yet today... see how it goes at the gig tonight...

;-0


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: cait
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:02 PM

personally, i broke all my promises...yep, i missed the NYC parade, then went home early and crashed.

*hanging head*

but, i'd been singing irish music at open mic nights the whole year anyhow, and was pissed on guinness on the thursday night!

*grinz*


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:11 PM

Ya know Clinton ... I think you should have just done your 11AM solo and left it at that. LL


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:14 PM

we were booked into a legion hall some kind of indie movie fundraiser party. It was a great crowd. Were purely an instrumental band, fiddle (me) uillean pipes, guitar and percussion (djembe bodhran). It was a young crowd mostly people in their 20's and it was good to see the announcers corny plans of getting a singalong going completely fall apart. aside from a 2 or 3 keeners most were not interested in singing. The songs were not what I would choose (Im looking over a 4 leaf clover, Danny boy etc.) like something out of the Pig & WHistle. so we played dance tunes and a few people danced but it wasnt until after the break (Its hard to compete with James brown) that more people got into the room and for the rest of the night we were cookin' ANd when it was over they wanted more, we had to do at least 3 sets after the announcer told everyone to go home. So overall it was a great night. the only thing I could have used was a better monitor as the fellow who went to get the sound system didnt bother with a monitor and brought his own little pa which wasnt good enough. great craic though. petr


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: JulieF
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:14 PM

Well lets think - spent most of the day in a large tent in the middle of Sheffield ( Guiness at £1.50 a pint) while the kids danced and my newly bald Tim spent his time whipping off his hat to show that he did actualy go through with it and the rest of the time picking our firnds up off the floor. Had to but lots of Guiness so that Catriona could have a Guiness Hat for her collection. Did an impromptu pub crawl while Tim took the car home for safe keeping and had trouble getting in to most places. Tim came back and ended up talking literature to a friend of ours while listening to good music. ( I can talk about most things when drunk) - No Danny Boy, no major group arguments, no children in tears - quite a successful day - But why was I so tired on Sunday.

Julie


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: GUEST,Matt_R
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:17 PM

I just sat around complaining about what Highland Bagpipe marching bands have to do with Ireland!


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: JedMarum
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:20 PM

We had a helluva a few days ... radio show on Fri, a private outdoor party on Sat afternoon, and a pub gig that night for 300 to 400 'well oiled' partiers! The evening show was the most fun ... the room absolutely jammed, the sound system overloaded, the craic grand! We sang and joked and danced ... an audience singing contest (ie we chose a few volunteers from the audience to be victims of our humor on-stage) was won by an Irish lad siging the Ireland National Anthem in Gaelic. The audience dance contest (a similar audience participation event) was won by a particularly entusiastic, red-faced, pot bellied Irish American who danced precariously with a very pretty, very talented young woman. She managed to keep him from killing anyone while they danced to Mrs Mclouds Reel.

Then we involved the whole crowd to sing some popular pub classics ... Irish Rover, Whiskey in the Jar, a few of the St Patty's day favorites ... Danny Boy, Touraloura, and the Unicorn (can you believe all 300+ knew all the words and the moaves?) ... and then we added a few wonderful old Irsh Trad classics to our sing along ... you know like; Under The Boardwalk, Me and Bobby Magee and Born to be Wild!

LOL - what a crowd! They were awesome, and we had a helluva time. No outrageous drunks, though our sound man did have to keep a few roving off hands or stumbling feet off of cables, connectors and volume controls. No public nudity, though one young Mac Donald in a kilt felt it important to show his quarter pounder to a neighbor or two, on demand ... and a few lasses thought the glow in the dark silver dollar sized Light Beer stick-on ad buttons made lovely nipple decorations. And I must admit their proper placement did add to the ranking in the dance contest for a couple of the female dancers.

The work day started for us at 10 AM and ended at 2AM. After equipment moves, and two four hour shows, I was a bit tired - but we'd had a day to remember!


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Kim C
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:21 PM

Our supper went splendidly and a good time was had by all. We started early and ended early and I actually got a good night's sleep. I had never made corned beef and cabbage myself before and realized, gosh, this is easy, AND good, and I think I'll do it more often and not just on St. Patrick's Day!


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Sorcha
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:43 PM

Dinner was Chicken and Leek Pie, with boxty on the griddle. I was so sleepy, I took a pass on the pubs (not that we have any to speak of here, we have Bars). Honey went out and worked some traffic/alcohol enforcement overtime, and I went to bed at 10. Mr. didn't even have to arrest anybody, it was a nice, quiet day in Wyoming.


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: BobP
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 01:13 PM

Now Jed, that's a decent report on the goings-on.

At our table we raised glasses at repeats to prove we were still sober enough to do basic math.

Here's an unofficial tally, best as I recall: - No, Nay, Never, always wins, led with 8 - Whiskey In The Jar 6 - Moonshiner . . . . 4 or maybe 5 - Danny Boy . . . . 2 - Brennan . . . . . 2 - Ris'g O' Th' Moon 2 - Unicorn . . . . . 4, at least

My intense dislike for that song already amplified via wonderment at it's Irishness, was raised to new heights as we were expected to accompany, not only with voice, but with gestures!!

I'll say one thing for celtic musicians, They got guts!

If I'da been ol' Noah I'da swum out and grab'd two of those damned hatrackponies, just so's we could have a pleasant March 17 with a few IRISH TUNES!

Best moment o' the day was the crowd's chorus on Wild Mt. Thyme - done well and just once; the right number, says me.

Unsung at all, to my chagrin - Red haired Mary - Mary Mack - Rocky road to Dublin - Johnson's Motor Car - Roddy McCorley (probably wouldn't have stood anyway)

They call'd it an Irish pub, what hrmpffff!


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Subject: St. Pat's Afterhistory
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 01:21 PM

LLady.. tell that to the wad of cash in my wallet! LOL!

I sell my soul every st pats day... this year, it was better than most...


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: jeffp
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 01:54 PM

A friend of mine asked me to play during a break in his gig at a local bar. I had a great time and did pretty well. It wasn't all Irish, but mostly. The Irish (or Irish style) stuff I did was General Guinness, Nancy Whiskey, The Real Old Mountain Dew, and Queen of Connemara. It was really nice to get back to performing, and the longest solo performance I've ever done. Got lots of nice comments afterwards.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Jenny the T
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 02:42 PM

St. Paddy's day was an experience. My daughter and I have been working for a couple months to get her skill level on the bodhran to a tolerable level; our plan was to go out and be street musicians downtown for the day, until it was time for my bar gig.

The long-awaited day came at last, and we weren't disappointed, although the weather wasn't altogether cooperative. Friday was a nice day, temperature in the 50's. Sunday was a nice day, temperature in the 50's. Saturday was blustery, spitting snow, temperature in the mid-30's. I decided God is mocking me--"hey, you haven't been to church in a while, have you? Well, you'll want to try a little of this!"

We started out on the downtown canal, as planned, but witht he cold, no one else was there. We gave that up after not too long. We ended up in front of the entrance to the downtown yuppie mall and played there for about two hours. We had nearly constant attention, and received many compliments, although the nippy breeze made the listeners have short attention spans. We made oh, something over five bucks altogether. Then we went and spent twenty bucks on lunch. I guess I won't be quitting my day job.

The Daughter loved it, though--she was enjoying herself hugely, and I believe she is just about fully hooked on the music now. Heh heh heh--my fiendish plans are bearing fruit.

My paid fiddling gig was that evening, at the tiny local bar where we have our sessions every Tuesday. I had heard they had a pretty good St. Paddy's party. I had no concept at all what this meant in practice, as it turns out.

The place was a zoo! They had put up a tent in the parking lot that basically doubled their square footage. We--me, another fiddler, an uillean piper, an bodhranista, and a bozouki player--played out there for the first hour, then moved inside the bar for the second hour. The tent was packed and they only had hookups for two microphones. We worked out a mike-sharing arrangement, but geez--we couldn't hear ourselves at all. People came up and told us we sounded great, but you could've fooled us--we had no way of knowing.

When we moved inside, we had access to a better sound system, so we each had our own mike after that. There were more people inside that tiny bar than I would've thought could fit in there--wall to wall, shoulder to shoulder. We played like crazy--ultimately, we went about forty minutes over our allotted time, but heck, we were having fun, the people were enjoying it, and we couldn't see any way to get outside again in any case.

Now I understand how it is to be an Irish musician on St. Pat's. I had so much fun, I can't even begin to describe it. The Daughter and I are alike in one respect at least--we're both tremendous hams. I can hardly wait till next year!

She and I are going to St. Louis the end of next month for the first (and one of the best) Irish music festivals of the year. She will be taking the drum workshop with Paddy League, said to be one of the best bodhran players in the world. He is also an extremely good-looking young man of 21. She has already fallen in love and stolen my CD of him.

Unlike here, Missouri law will allow her to go into the bars for the post-workshop sessions. We will have a great time, I have no doubt.

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig to all!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: GUEST,guinnesschik, cookiless for the nonce
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 03:09 PM

Jed gave a pretty good account of what happened throughout the day. Unbeknownst to me, they were turning folks away at the door, and my sister-in-law missed out on the merriment.

I lived up to my nickname, pogo'd while playing fiddle, and blew out my vocal chords ending the night with "House Of The Rising Sun."

I think we did a great mix of traditional and pop music, and threw in a couple of bluegrass tunes for the heck of it. Jed's a great sport, and puts up with much foolishness from himself and me.

Sunday was soup fer brunch (a long time hangover cure) and I'll be resting quietly for the next few days, actually thankful and loving being in a Celtic band on St. Patrick's Day.

;-)g'chik


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: gnu
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 05:33 PM

.......I just sat around complaining about what Highland Bagpipe marching bands have to do with Ireland!

Nothing. But it was nice that they paid tribute, no ?

gnu


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Matt_R
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 05:40 PM

I don't know, I didn't see it. What did they play, the Irish Washerwoman and the Rakes of Mallow?


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 06:08 PM

I heard of one bar which had some guy singing some Irish songs, no the receptionist on the phone couldn't tell me which ones or for how long, etc., etc., plus they have LOTS of smoke in the bars in Wyoming, so...for the first time in about a year, I got out my fiddle, already had out my new dulcimer, and I had a one-woman celiedh in my kitchen and it was craic! Had a blast picking out tunes I've been learning and also used my bow on the dulcimer which gave a delightful sound. It sounded very Chinese to me, someone on Paltalk the next night said it sounded like a pianola and someone else mentioned a bowed psaltry. Anyway, I am now practising both the fiddle and dulcimer and I have my dulcimer to thank for sparking me on the fiddle, again!

kat


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: little john cameron
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 06:09 PM

Gled ye aw had a great time.Ah wis dain that for 35yrs so ye can imagine why ah'm wore oot!!!Here's a story aboot ane o them.

The next day efter we bailed big Jim oot o' the slammer aw' hands assembled at the pub fur the big do.Jim wiz sat in the corner an' wiz doon in the mooth because o' the traumatic experience he hud wi' the carry oot bag.Sneck trird buyin' him a few drinks but he jist sat there mopin'.It's best jist tae leave him alane when he gets like that as he's liable tae bob ye ane. The young lassies fae the Fogo Island accordian band arrived an' set up their stuff an' as soon ad they struck the furst note Chink wiz on the flair dae'in hiz ghurka dance?This time sneck wiz ready fur him an' hid laid twa' long tables on there side so he widn'y coup ower the drinks at the ither tables.
Watchin' the young lassies on the stage made me wish ah wiz aboot 30yrs younger.They maistly sang Irish an Newfoundland music but they brocht tears tae mah ee'en wi' MA GRANNIES HIELAN' HAME an SADLY I WANDER THROUGH SCENES OF MY CHILDHOOD.
The green beer wiz gaun' doon fine but ah only drink Guinnes an' some idjit pit it in mah beer.It nearly turned mah stummick tae look at it!It reminded me o' yon ink that wiz in the inkwells at school,but ah drank it oneyhow as ye canny let good Guinness go tae waste. Then it aw' went quiet as in came the bikers!! They made staight fur big Jims table in the corner an' ah thocht oh! oh! here we go?
They hud a big box wi' them an' planked it doon beside him.Ah hope it's no tickin' ah thocht tae masel'. There wiz the usual pushin' an' shovin' an' punchin' on the airm that they day tae welcome ane anither.Then big Jim stertit tae open the box! Auld Jack the plumber took aff through the door sayin' somethin' aboot leavin' the fryin; pan on the stove.Jim pits his hauns in the box, ye could cut the atmosphere wi' a knife, an' pulls oot a CRASH HELMET!!
A Paddys Day present tae Jim so he disnae bang hiz heid oney mair. Big Jim pits it on an' looks as pleased as punch an' wulln'y take it aff. So a'body has a great laugh an' the festivities stert up again.By this time a'body is beginnin' tae sweat bug juice so the claes stert comin' aff.Some o' men are doon tae there semmits an' the weemen are dabbin' their oxters wi' there hankies.
Noo it's time fur the lassies tae tak' a brek an' an'somebody shouts fur oor local star turn,Andy Kelly,tae get up an' dae a turn.Noo Andys speciallity is Elvis Presley,but he's gettin' ower large fur it noo an' tends tae sweat a lot due tae his size, but he carries on undaunted an' lings richt intae Hound Dug follied by Jailhoose Rock.As ah said afore,we're aw' used tae him an' are ready fur his big bow at the end,so when he wheechs doon an' ficks his hair a'body oits their hauns ower their pints as big globs o' sweat come flee'in across the room!!The room breks oot in whistles an' hoots as he he leaves the stage,victorious again. PAIRT TWA' THE MORRA!!! ljc


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: alison
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 10:28 PM

Hang on...... can we back up a bit here....... there are "actions" to "the unicorn song"???????????????

thankfully we never get asked for it over here...... and I don't think I've ever heard it being played....

I drove 150km between gigs on St Pat's played 3 long gigs.... then another all day one on the Sunday..... entertaining passers-by at the foot of the harbour bridge.... great views....... and lots of tourists stopping for photos of this red headed irish girl in a green rugby shirt playing the whistle.... so if any of your relatives come back with this photo with the bridge or opera house in the background... its ME!!!!! hahahaha

only played Danny Boy once....WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!

and managed to get onto the national news playing "whiskey in the jar"........ great fun..... and not one drop of the vile black stuff.......

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: simon-pierre
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 12:14 AM

Aftermath?... well... I didn't intend to celebrate St-Pat's since I'm not irish, but a friend of a friend ended a gig with his irrevencious group at THE big party in Québec city. So we went there very late (1:30 am). It was weird. The show was held at the Manège Militaire, a big place that looks like an arena. Needless to say, we where... euh... drunk, that is. All I knew of the repertoire was "The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn", and the song we were yelling in the streets when we finally got out of there, "I'm goooing, I'm gooing, where the streams of whiskey are flooowin'". In fact, I don't know who sings that - can somebody tells me?... I had already took a holiday from my job on sunday, so I could work on my university homework, but when I sat in front of of my computer, all I knew was that I was goooin' where the streams of whiskey are flooowin'...

A great night. A hard day...


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: DonMeixner
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 12:27 AM

Alison,

Yes there are. Sort of hand signs for the musically impaired. You can see them on a recent video by Will Millar and his new band. Since he quit the Rovers he put together a new band with a cousin(?) Ian Millar and a bunch of other quite fine musicians. The video is of a concert in New Zeeland. I actually watch this show from time to time and enjoy it everytime I see it.

A hard case trad Babe like yerself may have trouble with it but its the only source of the hand signs I know short of coming down to Oz and teaching them to you. But the train doesn't go that way and I do not fly.

Don


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: alison
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 01:46 AM

just wait until paltalk gets its video conferencing set up properly and someone can teach me in a song circle..... hahaha

and where did you get the idea that I was a hard case trad babe????? lol..... far from it.......

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 04:11 AM

If Don had those little cameras they sell now for sticking on the top of your computer (coming down in price, last we saw, wiht rebate was about $20), then he could send you the video of them by email. I'd pay money to see that!**BG**


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Les from Hull
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 05:51 AM

I know I'm a bit late with this, but I have an excuse, Maggie's birthday. How anybody could arrange to be born on March 18th beats me!

So about a dozen of us played in a village hall for a charity night on behalf of some local handicapped kids who are now heading for Disneyland (hopefully). We were kindly provided with free transport and free beer, so we tried to make up by buying lots of raffle tickets. That didn't work - we just won lots of prizes. But we played and sang for about four and a half hours, so we felt we contributed.

Maggie's birthday was in the Sun in Beverley (formally the Tap 'n' Spile), and there was an excellent turnout of friends. From there we went back to the Tap 'n' Spile in Hull for the Sunday evening session. And so to bed.

With amazing foresight I booked Monday off work.

Les


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 06:07 AM

Hmmm. I was in Bristol and I phoned home to see what was happening (all parades cancelled due to foot-and-mouth, but the pub was gearing up for a big day of it). After meeting my Other Half who had flown in for the weekend (and was held for a while at the airport on suspicion of being Irish in a built up area) we carefully picked our way around the pubs which were full of rugby fans and people in giant Guinness top hats. So we took ourselves off to a party instead, left that after an hour (and a half-bottle of gin), took ourselves home and had tea and toasted soda bread. Possibly the quietest Paddy's Day I've had in ages.


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: JedMarum
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 09:04 AM

simon-pierre you are talking about a Pogues song, called "Streams of Whiskey"

alison (trad Babe or no), the hand movements that go with the unicorn are as silly as the song! But I must say it was a trip to stand on stage looking out at 300 partiers, most of whomm knew the words, sang along and made the hand movements to 'simluate' each animal mentioned. Such a fine sophisticated group they were!

and Les from Hull? celebrating Maggie Thatcher's birthday?


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Mrrzy
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 09:30 AM

If the river was whiskey and I was a duck / I'd dive to the bottom and I'd never come up ... can't say I did anything like that. One misty bush and I followed my twins to bed within about a half hour... I think I might have been asleep by something like 7:45 pm. I like to think I'm still recovering from that ancestor of all flus, but in reality, I was just dogtired.

Oh, wait, that's another thread, sorry!


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: pattyClink
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 09:50 AM

We thought it would be a great day for a bike ride down the Natchez Trace, so off we set for the parade thrown by Natchez' Krewe of Killarney. Froze our butts off. Discovered the 'reviewing stand' was the sidewalk outside the favorite bar so settled in with the small but merry crowd in the cold sunshine. The parade was lovely on the hometown scale. There were 5 units in all, I believe, including the color guard, Scouts, a school, and the Father of Waters Pipe Band out of Kosciusko, Miss. They played some Scottish tunes very well. Last unit was the Krewe itself, a motley crowd of happy folks throwing Mardi Gras style trinkets. Got beads, a garter, and a little plastic Carolan's mug. Fell in behind the Krewe which marched (well, strolled) to the Mississippi. There the honorary St. Pat for the year clutched his stick with rubber snakes and declared the snakes banished to the river. After a few more proclamations, the closing ceremony was, of all things, the singing of Danny Boy (which the pipe band knew!) and Irish Eyes. Supper? Hot chili and coffee on the long cold trip home. Shoulda stayed for the St. Pat's Pool tournament. One of the cool things about St. Pat's is when you find a little celebration in an unexpected place.


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 09:52 AM

Naked girls Clinton??!!

Jeez, my friend Glen reid and I had several enthusisatic women in their late thirties dancing up a storm, but his girlfriend was there, so I resisted playing an Irish version of "The Stripper".

Yup, got the requests for Danny Boy and The Unicorn. Made Glen sing 'em.

Like Gnu and Matt, I also wondered what Pipers had to do with Ireland. Heather just said "You ever try to keep a bagpiper out of ANY parade"? She should know. She promised (threatened) me with a piper at the airport, when we went to Scotland to get married. She was right. he was there.

Rick


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: JulieF
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 09:59 AM

Fibula - so they had those hats in Bristol as well. I HAD to buy 4 pints of guiness so that Cat could add one to her Guiness things collection ( I'm still falling over the inflatable referee which was the last acquisition)

Julie


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 10:05 AM

An inflatable referee.... hmmm.....! How much did you have to drink for that?


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: JulieF
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 10:20 AM

I think it was 12 cans - so they sat in the fridge for a wee while. Its one of those that you push over and it bounces back up again


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Les from Hull
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 12:45 PM

Jed Marum - The Maggie referred to in my post is my Significant Other. There are other people called Maggie, you know! There had to be to have all them tunes written about them (the Drowsy one, the Sleepy One, the One in the Wood).

If I ever want to write about Thatcher, I'll call her Thatcher (if I'm being polite). And as for celebrating her birthday - well I'd prefer to do the opposite.

Les


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: JedMarum
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 02:57 PM

Les - {chuckle} I was just teasing ya ... I see it worked! Sounds like you and yours had a great few days, birthdays, St Pat and all. All the best


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: simon-pierre
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 05:45 PM

thanks Jed, found the disk... in my own record collection. Aw.


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 09:17 AM

Well, Friend Jed, ours was a bit plucky. Oddly enough, we played our asses off. As described in another thread, we lost one of our bandmates on March 15, just an hour before we were to perform. We already knew he wouldn't be there due to his sudden illness, but we were not prepared for his death this quickly. We managed to pull it off, though, with only one of our many engagements suffering. And on St. Pat's Day, we were flat out on fire. Especially Tommy Verlin, our mandolin/bouzouki/guitar/bodhran player. It was like he decided we had to do honor to Jim, and the rest of us stepped up to it. We didn't drink, as we never do during gigs. Especially me, as I do way too much singing to have alchohol drying me out. But at the end of the gigs on St. Pat's I went to my favorite pub just before last call and managed to do enough of the vile black stuff and Jamesons to make up. Don't care if I ever have that experience again.

Mick


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: JedMarum
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 09:58 AM

Big Mick - I was very sorry to hear about your loss. I am sure it was difficult to play at all, under those circumstances ... but probably good for you to do so.

Perhaps, as every new St Patrick's day comes along, you'll all have special rememberances of your friend - and raise a pint or two in his honor - after the gig is over, of course!


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Subject: RE: St. Pat's Aftermath
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:21 AM

only just come round from my weekend...

We had 3 gigs... one friday, for some med staff, the other a session in an Irish Club, and the other one on the Sat evening.

I managed to totally loose my voice on Friday, before the celebrations even started... How unlucky is that... So we were down to one singer...

Got very merry indeed, felt very tired, and have spent the last few days filling in our accordian players blank memory spots on what they got up to...

Still have my cold, voice getting better though. Did actually think about going all jazz for the weekend, as my voice would be excellent at the moment for some really soulfull jazz songs..

Extremely unlucky to loose my voice on the busiest weekend of the year!

Oh well....

ella

PS Mick... sorry to hear your news... well done for carrying on, I'm sure it would have been what he wanted you to do.. And was looking on, shouting down... you missed a chord, and smiling and listening in...

Regards Mick! Ella


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