Hey, that is a great idea. Unfortunately, living this close to Mexico, there are not many trad players.....well there are, but not Irish. My father's family came from Ireland, Ulster Scots in the mid 1700s. I have been to Scotland twice, but would love to go to Ireland. I think it is fascinating that you can actually go back to a residence where your people live.
just fresh from the jersey shore irish fest. Was grande. Met tis honor Jon Corzine, whom we are wurking toward another term here. People were lit and luvley, met some kind folks from Limerick. Cheers to Frank M!!
Slainte lad, lest we forget what you have done for us all. RIP
Thanks for being my first friends over here. if your curious about my face or act just google photos of columbus tuba busker north market or comfest . people have shot my face all over the web and I was clueless about it till lately. the one on youtube of "Xmas chestnuts" is awful. I look drunk early in the morning(nothing wrong with that my !st G.I. dad was a sailor) and had no idea how dangerous people with cameras could be to my career. still its funny how i found it by accident searching for Irish Xmas music. I crapped and my jaw dropped wide open like the voice teacher has always been trying to get it open. Im swamped with rehearsal preparation till tuesday night when I will be back to chat. Doing Beethoven 9 from memory for the 1st time. Panic. Concert is mid October and Im behind schedule. Like your tunes folks. cheers
Yep... that's me. My brother Greg & his family live near my wife & I here in the Appleton, Wisconsin area. We moved here in the late 70's when we were made an offer to move our music store here. We continued to return to Michigan to play until the late 80's, when my brother-in-law, Mike Jahncke & his wife, Janet, moved to Saudi Arabia to work for the State Dept. They came back for annual visits for several years & we did selected gigs each year in Chicago, Milwaukee, & some festivals. Ironically, Mike just visited here from where they've been living in Europe in June... & we played @ an Irish Pub here in Wisconsin... for the 1st time in 18 years! I get back to Saginaw regularly to visit family, in fact will be there Sept 22-24 to play in an annual golf outing. Maybe we can hook up some time when I'm in town.
Sorry about the SB, just a short abreviation for South Bend. Fiddler's Hearth is quite the pub, after a great evening when you walk out you feel like you should be in Ireland. They do have a great web site, give it a try.
Love traditional irish music, my wife and I go to Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend In. frequently to get our music fix. A musician by the name of Jeff Ward often performs there and is a favorite of ours. On your travels to Chicago you should give SB a try.
Ah yes, the scandals. Serious stuff then. Made life very difficult.
It must have been convenient to "have the Irish" so the young ones didn'tt know the family secrets. My Italian friends always talk of their parents speaking Italian so they wouldn't know things.
Love your music. I'll check in now and then to hear it.
Good health to you in your battle with cancer. Been there and survived. I wish the best to you. MJ.
Siusan and Zig,
Love your mix of music. As for O'Rourke I am that by a marraige long and good. I have done quite a bit of ancestor hunting about them. The first O'Rourke arrived in Philadelphia in 1845. I wrote a book about them and the history of immigraton to Philadelphia called "Le Deora Go Leor Is Dochas Mor" (couldn't do the fada marks here) It means 'with many tears and great hope". I found much about them but I never found where they were from. Our families never knew and I suspect in the early years they felt the need to "be American". I was a hard time to be an immigrant and likely that hasn't changed for today's arrivals.
All of which is to say, I don't know if we are related but to I do know to be an O'Rourke (Ui Ruairc (the son of the red haired one) is to be from a proud and heroic line. Lots of history with this clan. Slan, MaryJo