I enjoyed looking over the list of teachers, it looks like you'll have
some fantastic classes this August. Fair play to you.
There were a couple of comments made on the page however that I felt to
be a little spurious. Particularly, why is the claim made that
"Michael's family business, which includes his brother and son ("I call
them 'the Pauls'"), is the only remaining producer of handmade,
authentic bodhrans." It seems to me that there are at least several good
bodrhan makers that are still producing quality drums, both in America
and Ireland. The claim seems like saying you have the only 'pure drop'
session in New York...
"The tin whistle, a simple wind instrument, has been credited with
saving Irish music. During English occupation, the Irish weren't allowed
to own or play instruments - no bagpipes, fiddles or guitars. But the
tin whistle was small enough to quickly tuck away into a pocket, so many
Irish continued to share Irish music with the humble instrument, making
it a great choice for beginners."
Where did you get this from? (Not an attack, I've simply never heard of
this attribution before.) Has anyone else heard this story before?
Please understand that this is not to be taken as an attack, I'm just
curious about the justification for some of the comments made on the
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Subject: Irish Festival Academy preceding Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival
In the vein of Bil McKenty's recent posting regarding the Phila. School
Irish Music, I'd like to mention for those in the midwest US or those
be attending the Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival that (stealing yet another
idea from Milwaukee) this will the first year for the Irish Festival
running on the four days before the Festival (Aug. 1-4, the festival
5th thru 7th). Short courses in Irish music, art, language and dance
offered-- for complete details please see: