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30th March 2017

Hi again – it’s time for a session in Cruises Bar, Ennis from 8:30pm Thurs.

Some photos from last Thurs – we had more new visitors along with a few of our more regular participants – Aongus on pipes from Limerick originally but now residing in Belgium and Vincent on accordion from Holland.

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Satoshi Aoki

 

Vincent (Holland), Michael McGrath and Aongus (Limerick/Belgium)

 

Also (but not in the photos this week) Paula O’Regan, Jimmy Clancy and myself.

‘Casper the dog’ (new jig)

The story behind this  jig!

Thurs 16th Feb my good friend Paula (O Regan – Clare fiddle player) came into our session and was looking pensive. She was after doing her leading of the adult slow session in Ciarán’s pub and as usual came over to ours for the last few tunes. (We love to see her come in the door) Well, it turns out she had heard just 10mins before her session in Ciarán’s was due to start, that her little dog Casper (who was 10yrs old – a gorgeous, happy little dog) had eaten poison somewhere and had just died at the vet’s! Paula had bravely decided to go ahead with leading the session even though she was of course, gutted. 😦

Her generosity to her fellow musicians (and her good spirits every other night!!) lead me to offer to write a tune for Casper, and Paula was gracious enough to accept that night. I asked her to send me her beautiful photo of Casper and to tell me what type of a tune she would like. I wasn’t surprised when she said a jig – jigs are her favourite! Happy or sad? – ‘Happy’.

This jig is the one I composed for Casper but, the edited version, as I was unhappy with it for a week until I tweaked it. I hope everyone enjoys it! Play it for Casper!

(I appreciate Paula’s allowing me to write this account!)

Paula has begun composing tunes herself so watch out for these in the future.

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Paula and her dog Casper!

23rd March (Thurs) Cruises Bar

Well, after all the Saint Patrick festivities of last weekend – it’s back to a normal night of tunes in Cruises Bar. Or is it?? 😉 Come on in and join us from 8:30pm – can’t guarantee what it will be like as it is different every week – but that is the joy of live music. We had a lovely night last week and great musicians – some photos below. (A few missing from photos – Andy Lambert, Steve Brown, Jimmy Clancy..)

Pat Keating, Michael McGrath, Brian Burke and Howard Winrow.

Des Mulkere, Paula O’Regan, Pat Keating.

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Smokey McKeen from Maine.

Michael McGrath and Smokey McKeen

Eve of St Patrick’s Day – session in Ennis

If you are in Ennis on 16th March, why not drop in to Cruises from 8:30pm and enjoy the session – or join in if you feel so inclined! All welcome. Jimmy Clancy and Áine Heslin leading the session. Here are only a couple of photos from last week (phone settings went awry)

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Michael McGrath.

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Pat Keating snr and Pat Keating jnr. Father and son having fun!

 

Thurs 9th March Cruises Ennis

Jimmy Clancy playing in Cruises tonight with myself and any other visitors who wish to join. Starting from 8:30pm. Some photos from last week and a facebook Live video that people enjoyed.

We welcomed back our Seattle friends Bill and Betty, and John brought a young banjo-player called Cathal Corbett towards the end (featured on the Live video) who added spice to the music.See you later at https://www.facebook.com/cruises.bar/?fref=ts

Don’t forget – next Thurs is St. Patrick’s Day Eve and we will be playing a stormer of a session for the evening that is in it!!

 

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Betty, Cathal, Michael, Satoshi and John.

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Andy Lambert.

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Jimmy, Bill and Betty.

Heading to Miltown tonight. :)

So happy to be joining Sorcha Curtin and Caroline Tubridy in Friel’s, Miltown Malbay tonight – wow – it’ll be great! Music and merriment. As always – happy to see you there too.

From 10:30pm in https://www.facebook.com/frielspub/

Thurs 2nd March Cruises session

Join Jimmy Clancy tonight at Cruises (Ennis) Thurs night open session at 8:30pm – I’ll be playing too (and who knows what visitors tonight!) and we’ll have musical craic for a couple of hours! Jimmy (if he has time) will work out not only who you are but who you are related to in Clare!! Even if you are from Sweden or Vermont – well ok, maybe who you KNOW in Clare. 😉 Here are a couple of photos from last week.

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Brian, Paula, Adrian, Mike and Sorcha. Photo by Andy Lambert.

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Áine, Jimmy, Brian and Paula. Photo taken by Andy Lambert.

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Mike Coffey and Sorcha Curtin

#Summer2017

I’m dreaming ahead now because, even though this is the second month of our spring it feels like the first month of winter!! :/ But at least..the days are getting brighter! 🙂

I have wanted to visit Scattery Island for some time now and this year I’ve noticed more promotion of the day trips out to the island so, it’s now on our summer game-plan. I know already that it will be an inspiration for new music so it’s a must for me.

People might say – isn’t there enough new music – but, when new music comes out that everybody loves…nobody cares how old/new it is – it just ‘is’!  You’ll all know examples of this. Well, I’m not saying that any of mine will be that ‘one’ but, just as a good musician  keeps playing anyway knowing that they may not be the best out there – so must I write.

https://www.facebook.com/scatteryislandtours/?fref=ts

PS Pencil sketching is a form of therapy and inspiration for me – if I do some that day that are presentable 😉  I’ll upload them.

Cruises Thurs night sessions 23rd Feb

While I still have the time – I’m uploading photos from the previous week. As time moves on things will get busier…less photos! Some of you will be happy about that maybe, but for the rest of us – here we go! (Don’t forget to call in this Thurs 8:30pm Open Session, before heading to Doolin for the weekend!) Ps also, we’ll be here the night before St Patrick’s Day.

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Áine Heslin and Jimmy Clancy. Photo by Betty Connor.

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Paula, Satoshi and Michael.

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Andy! 😉

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Michael and…Michael!

Make it a ‘Valentine’s Thurs?! (16th)

Here we go again and, have we a LOT of lovely photos from last week?? Yes, thanks to our good friends Andy and Pat! More even, by Ronan at ‘Ireland’s Inner Beauty’ facebook group – check it out! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1561847780795422/ Matt and I had a lovely visit from our good friend Frank Corr who lives in the UK/plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and sings! And of course all our other new and old friends as pictured below (hopefully with names correct..).

Join Jimmy and myself at Cruises again this and every Thurs from 8:30pm. Bring heart!

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From the left – John, Adrian, Pat, Áine, Jimmy Matt and Frank. Photo taken by Andy Lambert.

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Matt, Frank, John, Paula, Adrian, (Mary behind) and Satoshi. Photo taken by Andy Lambert.

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Andy, Matt singing and Frank Corr (our good friend from England) Photo taken by Pat Keating.

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Adrian on flute with Howard on tinwhistle behind. Photo taken by Pat Keating.

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Satoshi on flute. Photo by Pat Keating..

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Howard and Paula. Photo by Pat Keating.

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Áine, Jimmy, Andy, Matt and Frank. Photo by Pat Keating.

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John and Howard. Photo by Pat Keating.

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Michael in the zone! Photo by Pat Keating.

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Áine, Jimmy and Andy. Photo by Pat Keating

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John and Howard. Photo by Pat Keating