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Mar 17, 2017 - 7:02:25 PM
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Anyone doing anything fiddle-related for St. Patty's Day? We have an annual supper with lots of family and friends, plenty of corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, soda bread, and Irish whiskey and beer. Although the 17th is the day, we're going it tomorrow.  Last year was 42 people although this year will only be about 30. Most know I'm taking fiddle lessons (and my instructor is coming) so I'm probably going to get bullied into pulling out the Saxon and skinning a couple of cats. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad one.

Mar 17, 2017 - 8:39:45 PM
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My town hosts the worldís shortest St. Patrickís Day parade. It is always a kick. Itís a short parade with a BIG party afterward. Lots of leprechauns, trolls, ferries and the like and always good music. Itís not very traditional music, but they donít care about a little thing like that. I didnít get to attend this year but I watched a lot of on the web and then played a few tunes at home.

Mar 18, 2017 - 5:23:47 AM

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Paddy. Patty is my aunt. 😃

I got to work then come home, bathe, have a shower beer, eat (finish the shower beer), drive an hour and play an alcohol-and-fragrance-free barn dance. Got home around 11:30 and had another beer before bed.
All and all, not too bad a day but very little about The Saint and his day.

Edited by - ChickenMan on 03/18/2017 05:29:45

Mar 18, 2017 - 2:17:25 PM
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Mass at 8am. SAINT Patrick after all.

Played fiddle at the local Hibernian Hall from noon-3,

Watched the next band from 3-4.

Cornedbeef cabbage and my own unbeatable Irish soda bread at home at 5:30.

Watched 'The Informer' at 7.

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:54:10 AM
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You're correct, ChickenMan: St. Paddy it is! Seems like I should have known that.

Tell your aunt I said hello.

Mar 19, 2017 - 5:17:01 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by stumpkicker
 

Cornedbeef cabbage and my own unbeatable Irish soda bread at home at 5:30.
 


Wait, wait... you had corned beef on a Friday during Lent? 

  laugh

Mar 19, 2017 - 5:21:01 PM

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I actually didn't have a gig this year.  sad

Mar 19, 2017 - 5:22:44 PM
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P.S. I LOVE soda bread.

Mar 19, 2017 - 8:20:16 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by Addie
 
quote:
Originally posted by stumpkicker
 

Cornedbeef cabbage and my own unbeatable Irish soda bread at home at 5:30.
 


Wait, wait... you had corned beef on a Friday during Lent? 

  laugh


 

He had a Dispensation.

I had the day off. My big excitement was having our piano tuned. Our piano tuner is cool, he's one of the mandolin players in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F7xdtAf9VQ . Because my wife plays piano, I like to play tunes from Allan's Irish Fiddler on St. Patrick's Day. That didn't happen this year. My wife associates St. Patrick's Day with the St. Patrick's Breastplate hymn, which she did play on piano. Here is a fantastic recording of that on piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX0Au21A6Yw . Unfortunately my wife does not sound like that, because she is not obsessed^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H dedicated like I am.

Mar 20, 2017 - 11:00:34 AM

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I actually knew about the dispensation... just my poor attempt at humour.  blush

I was reading recently about a possible translation error of the St. Patrick lighting the bonfire on the hill and then turning into a deer to flee the wrath of the king story, where some scholars think "a deer" should have been translated as "mist".  I wish I could find it again. 

Mar 20, 2017 - 6:28:49 PM

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Well, no one urged me to break out the fiddle. I think they must have realized it would be more pain than pleasure. And as we had corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, Shepard's pie (vegetarian Shepard's pie also or would that make it farmer's pie?), soda bread, Irish whisky and red ale, so there was plenty of pleasure.  Next year though, with almost 2 yrs of playing under my kilt, I'll do it on my own. And I did wear a kilt, but not sure the Irish had kilts.

And keep looking Addie. I'd like to read it if you can find it again.

Mar 20, 2017 - 7:23:31 PM

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Well, I was concentrating on replacing the water pump on my car, and pretty much forgot about the whole thing. However, when later changing clothes I realized I'd had an orange T-shirt on, which I guess counts for something. When I was just in elementary school and St. Patrick's day rolled around and I was getting ready to wear the green, my Mother took me aside and very seriously said "On St. Patrick's Day, we don't wear green, we wear orange" (her Father was from County Down).

I think we're beyond all this now, and it sounds like you all celebrated in fine style.. I looked longingly at a green felt derby with a shiny green shamrock, but it was too small. Maybe next year!

PS - Treated myself to a bottle of Bushmill's today, just a wee bit late.

Edited by - DougD on 03/20/2017 19:28:01

Mar 20, 2017 - 7:55:54 PM

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Edited by - DougD on 03/20/2017 19:56:46

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