On Sun, 4 Feb 1996, Susan Mayer wrote:
> Have you ever seen him live? You would swear it was Taliesin himself, though
> he wears jeans and clogs and usually faded cotton shirts. When he performs
> the present is swept away and you are in some ancient hall listening to a
> bard of old. Then he picks up an accordian or fiddle or guitar and smashes
> you back into the present, or does a bit o' Burns or a British pantomime with
> all the parts and all the hat changes, or recites a Wee Jack tale, or has the
> audience sing along on "Green Grow The Rushes O" or something...
Sadly no ... I don't know that he's ever performed in this part of the
country; at least, not since I've been aware of him! I definitely would
leap at the chance!
Speaking of musicians who can transport you to another time, have you
ever heard of Owain Phyfe? (I probably misspelled that bloody Welsh
name!) He heads up the New World Renaissance Band ... we're talking about
a much later period of music, of course, but he has the perfect voice for
summoning up the Renaissance! He was playing a solo roving minstrel at a
gathering I attended once, and it was wonderful!
Of course, he's no Taliesin....
> I was fortunate enough to be able to take harp lessons from him for a few
> months, and became quite well acquainted with him and count those days as
> treasures. He is definitely one of a kind.
THAT would be awesome ... to learn at the feet of a master! My instrument
of choice is the fiddle, so I guess it would be akin to getting lessons
from Johnny Cunningham or Kevin Burke!