I should have landed in Shannon airport this morning and been happily playing in a pub in Ennis, County Clare. In 2013, along with Jeanean Songco-Martin, painters and her family, we had a 6:00 am arrival and by 11:00 am I was in a session that was part of the Fleadh Nua. I was looking forward to it! This Friday night would have been the start of a week-long class of Irish music on hammered dulcimer.
But- then the pandemic hit. Now our week of tunes and countryside will be a weekend taught via Zoom from home.
Since we moved online, 8 more dulcimists have joined us. We will be a merry band working on Irish tunes from California to Belgium - across 9 time zones! There's still room if you want to participate in the Irish Music on Hammered Dulcimer Weekend May 23-24.