So how was your Irish Kansas City weekend? Too Irish-ed out after Labor Day Weekend? Or were you so enthralled by Irish Festivals that you couldn’t stop yourself following Seven Nations to Estes Park, CO, or The Fuchsia Band and Something For The House to Jackson, MS, or The Elders, Millish, Cahal Dunne and Gaelic Storm to Pittsburgh, PA, or going to Buffalo, MO for some Bread Pudding?
I was among thirty people at Bloomsday Books watching Turlach Boylan and Liam’s Fancy perform a grand selection of Irish and Scottish tunes, and some American - including one about Smarty Jones no less. Oh, and The Streets Of London is English I guess. A very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Perhaps I saw you there. I heard the gig later at Cafe & went well also.
Last night, it being Sunday, I went to see if Eddie Delahunt & Friends were sick of Irish music. As I walked into O’Dowd’s, Muggsy Daly from New York went up to the microphone and the words of Long Long Before Your Time came out sounding rather like Johnny McEvoy.
It was a football Sunday with some scary people around but Muggsy scared all of them with his version of The Irish Rover, before going soft again with The Fields of Athenry. Daly used to play with Delahunt and box-payer John Redmond, back in the day in New York. Three men you don’t want to meet on top of a table in a pub of a Monday afternoon.
Highlights of course were Eddie’s own compositions, and some tunes by Gibson and Reyes. Muggsy came back up for more, and the night finished off with the Irish Tenors, well those KC opera singers taking turns doing Danny Boy and all sorts of old Irish songs. As I left I could hear For What Died The Sons of Roisin being recited from the cheap seats.
I don’t think I saw you there. Perhaps you were out looking for a tennis ball?