Saturday, March 12, 2016

St. Patrick's Day is Coming...how do you get ready?

At the Parade with Family - Perfect!
(This is my awesome step-son with one of his
16-week old twins and another one of his
kids hiding behind him - you can see her green
garb! They always dress just right!)

There was a parade. Did you go?

I've never been one for parades. I can remember going down to the Port of Albany with my neighbors to see the circus train arrive. That was cool and weird and definitely not a fancy-pants parade. But a regular ole' stand-around-in-the-rain-getting-cold-and-watching-guys-in-skirts-walk-by type of parade? Nah. No thanks... I also can't stand costumed characters or theme parks... oops, that's for another blog, I think.

Anyway, our kids and their kids always go to the St. Patrick's Day parade, and they love it! For me, this day is the start of the season, and I'm really excited about sharing the music with the rest of the world and not just us geeky, traddie secret club members...

Did you go see Altan at the Troy Music Hall a couple of weeks ago? Did you watch the documentary Nancy told us about on Thursday? Did you go to the sold out Goitse concert at Old Songs on Friday? How are you getting primed for St. Patrick's Day?



There's an Old Songs Irish Slow Session this week - Will you come?

I thought I'd remind you quickly that there is our regular slow session on Wednesday, March 16 from 7:30-9:00 p.m.. And I thought you might like the tunes again. I've discovered that using the Google Drive is a huge pain in the butt. It keeps closing on you after you get each file. How annoying is that? So, here's a link to my dropbox folder specially for the 2016 tunes. I'll add more stuff shortly, but that'll get you the tunes we're going to play this time. 

Also, I've got an invitation for you! Join us for a musical open house in Clifton Park!

On Friday evening, March 18 at 7:30 pm, Lawson & Doyle will be performing at the Performance School of the Arts in Clifton Park. It's an open house evening where we do a little concert and then split up and everyone can try our different instruments, and we end the evening with a bit of a session. We'll be playing these tunes, plus a few from last year and maybe we can do a bit of round robin if it looks promising. I'd love for you all to join us to participate in the evening and take part in the session! Plus feel free to bring your kids, grandkids, friends, etc. Everyone is welcome and it's a wonderful family friendly place with some great people. Hope to see you there!

And a little announcement about our live music...

Curragh & Friends will be playing at The Hangar at The Ale House in Troy

photo of Curragh, a traditional Irish music band from the Capital Region of NYS

(www.alehousetroy.com) on St. Patrick's Day, Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 4-7 pm. Not sure yet if there's a cover charge, but the foods great, the drinks are great and the staff is super friendly. The Hangar is a beautiful space and we're looking forward to being there playing tunes and singing songs with the gang plus our great friend George Ward!


OK, that's it for now! Have a great weekend, and don't forget to turn your clocks forward on Sunday, March 13! Bye for now...

Hilary