Thursday, June 22, 2006

Celtic Festival: The Music

We had a wonderful time at the Potomac Celtic Festival this past weekend. There was a lot of terrific music--even some by performers other than Son!

One of our long-time favorite bands in Tinsmith. In addition to hearing them at the festival as often as we can, we listen to their album almost every day and Son dances around the living room in his little girl's school uniform kilt. Tinsmith was as good as ever! We went to hear them twice on Saturday.

One of our new musical discoveries this year was Le Vent du Nord. They are a roots music band from Quebec. In addition to enjoying the great Celtic/Cajun music they played, we loved their onstage personae. They filled us all with energy.

There was dancing in the aisles.

One player, the fiddler, kept up a great rhythm with his feet. While sitting and playing his fiddle, he also tapped on a wooden plank hooked up to a microphone. Another member of the band was the sexiest hurdy-gurdy player I've ever seen. (He does not have a lot of competition--but even if he did, he'd win.) The other two members of Le Vent du Nord are a guitar player, shy compared to the others but a fabulous musician, and an accordian player/step dancer. They were amazing!

There was more dancing.

When the accordian player pulled out a set of sticks or bones to click in his hands, Rowan from Tinsmith pulled out his own set. Le Vent du Nord invited him up with his sticks and they performed together. What a dream come true for those of us who are fans of both.

If you look at the front page of the Celtic Festival website, you'll see a picture of Son in his kilt with chainmail, a helmet, and a sword in the upper right corner of the montage.


FemiKnitMafia said...

Aw! He looks so cute on that website! I'm so jealous of this festival. I must admit, after all the Boston bruhaha about irish gays, I've been too scared to attend any of the myriad Irish/Celtic festivals round these parts. Now that I've seen your post, I'm itching to go. LOVE those shawl pins too. In fact, I'm making a shawl for my Mom (soon) and it will clearly need a pin. :-O

Lanea said...

I'm so glad you came again, and that you apparently had loads of fun--yay!


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