Sunday, March 14, 2010
St. Patrick's Day Party
A troupe of Irish dancers entertained us with ceili, jigs, reels, hard taps and soft shoe. They were adorable girls, and medal winners at international competitions. They seemed to spring right out of the ground effortlessly, their tight curls bouncing in time with the rhythm. Keeping their hands stiff to their sides, the upper body motionless as the lower bodies blurred. How different from the South Asian dancing just a few hours earlier.
Then the Celtic Five played and sang some great traditional Irish tunes, as well as a few old favourites, like Neil Young's Harvest Moon. The band brought together some of our favourite member-musicians, including our Commodore, 'Amazing Grace', playing fiddle while Ross E. strummed double bass and Harold the guitar.
I wish I had some video of the band to show off their talents, but I don't. So here's a brilliant fiddler, James Cullinane, playing two traditional reels: