Irish Music Conundrum

I have been pondering the problems with last Sunday’s Irish music session at Jack of the Wood. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about this in terms of some of the problems I encountered in Washington State. There is an issue specifically with Irish music, but the problems with the last session could happen with just about any non-concert corporate music-making session. Continue reading Irish Music Conundrum

Playing Irish Music at Jack of the Wood

You would think that with all of the diverse music last week I’d have reached saturation point. Of course, that never happens. My fingers may get tired, but the need to participate never dies. So, when Laura said she wanted to have some “girl time” to go shopping, I took the opportunity to head up to Asheville to play in the Irish session at Jack of the Wood. Continue reading Playing Irish Music at Jack of the Wood

An Irish Pub Roundup – Part 2, The Pub Crawl

had my list of regional Irish pubs and I had my list of criteria. It was now time to visit some pubs. Some of the pubs I’d already visited, so I’d just rely on impressions I got from those visits. Others would be new to me. Some I’d visited, but it had been awhile, so I went back. There were fifteen pubs on my list and I managed to visit a little over half, eight in all. That was enough to come to some conclusions. Continue reading An Irish Pub Roundup – Part 2, The Pub Crawl

An Irish Pub Roundup – Part 1, The Ideal

I’ve played lots of Celtic music sessions lately, but only one of those has been in an “Irish” pub. This struck me as a bit…weird. So I started wondering. Our area seems to have lots of Irish Pubs. What’s happening with those pubs? Are they truly “Irish Pubs?” For that matter, what really makes a pub Irish? To answer these questions I decided to do a regional pub crawl and see what each of these has to offer. Continue reading An Irish Pub Roundup – Part 1, The Ideal

2018 Bulldog Fun Run

This past Sunday the Upstate Minis held their 7th Annual Bulldog Fun Run. The event is a benefit for the Greenville County Animal Care Center, and consists of somewhat British-related events taking place all over the county. Laura and I participated in our first one in 2016, and we put this one on our calendar so that we’d be sure to participate this year. It was our first outing with the Upstate Minis since returning from Washington. Continue reading 2018 Bulldog Fun Run