On the way to the Burren session I grabbed lunch in Boston's Quincy
Market. A 3-piece band played to a sparse crowd. The band rocked--they
looked Peruvian, and sang Jingle Bells in English, Spanish, and (?)
Quechua, accompanied by guitar, panpipes, and percussion. Standing nearby
were two guys toting small cylindrical cases, maybe the next act. Anglo or
English, I wondered, so I asked what was in the funny little cases? "Oh,
we just got back from a Shriners convention in Florida," the guy said.
"This is my fez."
The Sunday afternoon Burren session was delightfully intimate (though
fully clothed)--Johnny on box, Helena on fiddle, Kathleen on whistle, and
Jem Moore on flute, not hammered dulcimer. The Shriners didn't show.
All the best--
--Rick Gagne, Bath, New Hampshire USA