Posted by Murrisk on December 01, 2003 at 05:17:19:
I had the opportunity last night to watch a traditional music program from Galicia television. The music lacked the 'beryl' but it was Celtic all the way through, as were the dances - even the Catalan and flamingo had a special resonance. I was reminded of a Canadian Maritimer who maintained that he could tell from the way his daughter played the fiddle on a given day whether she had been playing the night before with Irish (Canadian), Scottish (Canadian), French (Canadian)or Metis fiddlers. The format of the show reminded me for some reason of a Mayo Men's Association in the Burlington from years past, but Fr. Shannon was not there.
Years ago Liam Og O'Flynn presented a couple of lovely programs of Irish and Galician music from the Mansion House (?). I particularly remember driving from Castlebar to Ballintuber Abbey one lovely starlit night in November with Liam's and his Galician guests music playing on RE. It was also a November night to remember deceased family members especially those whose memory intrudes unbidden, and I was driving in relative's country.