I have spent these past days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day listening to my favourite Irish fiddle tunes. One of my favourite CDs is Her infinite variety: Celtic women in Music & Song (Green Linnet Records)
When I started on the violin a few years’ ago, these were the tunes that I dreamed of playing. Ahem … not exactly an easy feat. So that’s why my violin is sitting on this chair and I am writing rather than playing!!
In honour of some incredible Irish fiddle music and my Irish fiddling friends here, Mary and Roseanne, may I suggest you stop by and listen to Maeve Donnelly, Liz Carroll, and Eileen Ivers ? Their tunes are guaranteed to make you want to get up and dance – which is what I do when my 14-year old son isn’t looking.
And if I had my druthers, I’d be spending my evening listening to Irish music. Instead I will be attending a ‘Greek night’ for the Autism resource centre, which I secretly hope features some Irish music!
In the meantime, after a quick gym trip, I am planning to spend an inspiring afternoon in the land of blue poppies, transported there by the fascinating plant-collecting adventures of Frank Kingdon Ward. More about that tomorrow!!