I’ve had a very busy year of musical experiences, travelling here, there and everywhere, but some of my favourite music this year has been played right here at home, in Lancaster.
Last weekend was the Lancaster Music Festival, an event that is absolutely the highlight of the musical calendar in this area. I had a busy weekend, starting off the festival events on Thursday with our regular Irish tunes class followed by a special festival edition of the slow session, doing two gigs with Fly in the Porter to packed, enthusiastic audiences, and also leading a dance flashmob – where we all dressed as witches – as part of my work with the Bush Rush.
On the Friday afternoon I did a performance that has filled me with a warm glow ever since, when I played with my 17 year old son Eoin Feely in Market Square in the centre of town. Eoin has been playing the harp since he was 12 years old (I wrote about how that came about here), but it is quite a long time since he played it out in public. Last weekend, however, he agreed to do a performance with me, and ended up causing a buzz among the populace as he is just that brilliant (yes, yes, I am biased, I know that).
Boris Productions made a video of Eoin and myself, which I am sharing here. We are playing a tune that I am told is popular in Sweden and Finland, which we call Kirkvaltzen: