On the rare Mondays that I'm not down on the island, I like to get over to the Greenbriar. I only had time for the early, slow session, though - aka BOSS - Boston's Original Slow Session [link]. It was good to catch up with a few folks.
Above is a short clip from Tommy Doyle's, featuring Sean Connor. Sean, as always, manages to shine through the din.
I showed up at Tommy's on Thursday night and found perfect light and great music, but I accidentally started shooting with the G12 before I formatted my card so I ran out of memory. The only way to free up the card would have been to format, thereby losing this gem, so I called it quits for the night, video-wise, anyway. The 5D took over for the rest of the evening for the stills.
It was a great night at Tommy's. I'm glad we're back downstairs. I didn't like the acoustics, or the layout, upstairs. The light downstairs is now fantastic, early in the evening, anyway - and a great relief after suffering through the dark winter, now past, thank God.
A few favorites from the evening (I really love you guys - you're beautiful - thanks for putting up with me and my camera):
I've the tremendous good fortune to have fallen into the George and Emily Keith house-concert scene, these concerts offering as fine a combination of music and friends as can be found in the Boston area, I'd dare say, and last weekend's performance by Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly - music from the Sliabh Luachra tradition - was no exception.
The Sliabh Luachra tradition has its origins in east County Kerry and northwest County Cork - to quote from the liner notes of Cranitch and Daly's new CD, The Living Stream, "...[The music of this region] became a byword for sweetness, subtlety, and beguiling rhythm..." (Living Stream is available at CD Baby, also at Ossian)
I also attended the fiddle workshop with Mr. Cranitch prior to the concert. It was a delight and an honor to have had instruction from and to have been in such close proximity to a fiddler as fine as he.