Well, I guess it's my turn to answer the survey...
I'm not formally a Celticist or anything like that. I have gotten into the
music a bit, both listening and jamming with a local band. My
g-g-g-g-grandmother was a young colleen by the name of Elizabeth Gould,
fresh off the boat from Ireland. But it was way back in the late 1700's so
I'm a bit diluted on that side of the blood. My maternal grandmother was of
scots descent, Margaret Bean by name, and a member of the Clan MacBean in
the US. I suppose most of my interest comes through her, as she was also
the keeper of the geneology for our family. Yeah, I'm hooked on that, too.
I'm also in the Society for Creative Anachronism, that crazy bunch of
mediaeval re-enactors and recreators. My persona there is Eiric MacBean. I
blush to say that I have yet to learn my "native" tongue, though I do have
a book once I get to it.
I guess what really has refueled my interest in things Irish/Celtic is the
fact that I now live in South Bend,IN home of the University of Notre Dame.
As if you couldn't tell by my return address...;-). Anyhow, this place is a
bit of an oasis of Celtic Studies, and as soon as I can afford to take some
classes, I plan to. I currently am Chief announcer at a small radio station
here at ND, and we have a program called "Celtic Traditions" which plays
celtic music. There is also a lively folk/celtic music scene around here,
if you know where to find it.
I've only been lurking around the list for about a month, but I feel like
I'm learning so much just being around others who share the same interests.
Keep it up,everybody! And thanks to Mel,et al. who keep this thing on-line!
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