Tina Carlsen asked:
> Could you tell me a little more about the Mick Lucey Trio? I've never heard
> of them, and if they are based here in Modesto, I'd like to check them out.
This is a family band, with Mick on the box and his daughters on fiddle (I
think they're both fiddlers; I don't quite remember). I don't know why it's
being called a "trio" here, as I've always seen them with at least five
musicians. They are very down to earth and unpretentious -- what some would
call the "real shtuff."
The band is actually quite interesting. They mainly play dance tunes, but Mick
will often break up the tunes with a song or story (in fact, he is also doing
a separate presentation at the festival called "Irish Storytelling Through
Song"). One of the daughters will occasionally get up and do a step dance, and
Mick always seems to be having great fun.
There is a writeup about them in the festival program that is quite lovely,
and I thought I'd share it here. There was no byline, so I don't know who
wrote it. But since Mick is a storyteller, it might have been him!
"Many years ago, in a small cottage in Sliabh Luachra, on a boreen called the
Old Road, a family of musicians lived and played and shared their stories.
"There were no musical instruments in the house, but the children learned to
diddle their tunes from their father, sing the songs from their mother, and
tell the stories of the rovers who stopped in for tea, or cards, or some
craic. With their father, the nine children, along with the neighbors and
rovers and passers-by, would gather in the humble abode and dance sets late
into the night -- each fellow battering the stone flag by the fire as he
passed in his turn. In time the children went off to work for farmers, only to
return at holidays with violins, accordions, and tin whistles acquired for
"Eventually some left the country, as did Mick Lucey, with nothing more with
him than his accordion and a legacy of music, songs, and recitations instilled
in him since birth. From the earliest age he has instilled that legacy in his
two daughters, and in all who have come in contact with him. It is this legacy
we share with you."