We also had the junior group from the Academy of Irish Music give a fine performance of their arrangements, and then later we all joined Paddy at the end of the evening for a big rave-up. Paddy was in fine form, beguiling us with stories, slow tunes on the low whistle, and his usual fiery, inventive piping. Paddy was joined by local guitarist and bouzouki player Donald Terao, who did a great job of providing solid rhythmic and harmonic context for Paddy’s flights of fancy (not an easy thing to do!). We are all very proud of him!
Paddy also had some other guests, notably soundman Ian Halliburton on bodhran and a lovely singer, Bridgid Malone.
We also saw some friendly and familiar faces, too, notably Jim Tyson and Jack Baker, big piping fans, and their families.
We were ably assisted by Leah Joyce Steele and her husband, Richard, Nancy Moore and her mother, Mary, and Maeve (sorry, last name escaped me), who ensured all the details of box office, CD sales, and liquid refreshment sales went well, so many, many thanks to our crew with whom we could not have pulled this off.
A special thank you to Terry Bermes, our MC, and Noel Rice for all the advice, guidance, insights, and leadership when it was needed most. Also, to Kathy O’Neill for the assistance with marketing and promotion and to Meg Buchanan for the logistical support throughout the planning of this concert. Stay tuned, folks, there is more to come!