On Tue, 31 May 1994, Ron Barnett wrote:
> >Did anyone out there catch the Irish festival at Wolf Trap over the
> >Memorial Day weekend? (Hmmm, do I really want to know what I missed?)
> Yes, I did and here's a summary that I sent to friend who also didn't attend.
> The Irish Fest was good and Wolf Trap is a neat place, a very natural
> setting with lots of trees, hills, woods, creeks, etc. The place had big
> tents erected for the stages/audience seating which meant no sitting in the
Mostly true, except for the Hillside stage which offered no shade at all.
Thank God for Sun Block!
My favorites: Altan (who added a box player - possibly to sub, if
> needed, for Kennedy who played but is recovering from throat cancer - he's
> wit and good humor were intact but he looked weak and sat when not playing)
> and the Seamus Egan - I. Ivers Band (with an Africian drummer) - the
> hottest stuff there. Fiona Ritchie the MC for the evening concer was
> funny, bright, intertaining.
I agree with all of this. Seeing Kennedy was the day's only downer, but
only increased my admiration for him and his wife. The Egan-Ivers set in
the Evening Concert was extremely brief. She didn't even bring her
regular fiddle on stage - just that blue electric one. Their daytime
performance was more reflective of their breadth.
The concert was taped to be played on NPR -
> so you'll have a chance to hear the evening's music. I think there was a
> little intraband squabbling onstage with C.T.L. - hmmmmm.
I noticed this too, but preferred to attribute it to a very strenous
attempt to communicate. Both parties involved were smiling shortly
Some addtional highlights included box player James Keane, brother of the
Chieftains' Sean and not to be confused with Jimmy Keane, along with Piper
Jerry O'Sullivan and guitarist John Doyle; the Temple House Ceili, with
some delightful traditional dancing from Mick Mulkerrin; and a female fiddlers
workshop featuring Eileen Ivers, Natalie MacMaster, Win Horan, Siobhan Egan
and Maureen Fahy. The Natalie MacMaster Band provided one of the
highlights of the evening concert. It included a fine young singer from
Cape Breton named Rita Rankin (no immediate relation to those other
Rankins, but probably a distant one), as well as Dave MacIssac on guitar,
Tracy Dare on keyboards and piper Jamie McGuinness. Natalie did her
fiddling while dancing routine, but she's so good at it that it doesn't
seem like a gimmick.