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Celtic Festival 2003

By Thérèse Dunne

The weekend got off to a great start. I went to the daytime Saturday events where I enjoyed a medley of musical performances, workshops and open sessions. There was an abundance of entertainmnent for anyone with an interest in celtic music. And the range of music was delightful, form Breton style music with the enjoyable troupe from Quebec, “Le Vent du Nord” to the Scottish music by the “Tannehill Weavers”. And off course, I got a chance to see the wonderful young Irish traditional group, Danu with their new young female singer. The day started off with the vibrant sounds of our very own Molly’s Revenge who hail from Santa Crux. David Brewer set the tone with his “Hawaiian bagpipes” – Dancing and playing to the crowd. I really enjoyed the evocative voice of Nollaig Casey and the soft strumming guitar sounds of Art McClynn. Looking around the audience, I seen many a couple holding hands whilst listening to this the beautifully calm music. The open seisiun was a great way for beginning musicians to mix with more seasoned ones in a supportive environment. There was a sense of admiration and respect for each musical player. Even the very experienced musicians had the opportunity to learn new styles of music, such as Seamus from Dervish being delighted to listen to the French-style Accordian of “Le Vent du Nord”. Yet again, Seabastapol put on a terrific festival. And off course, I can’t wait for next year’s one! I went home with a trunk filled with new CDs!

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