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marc lamoureux (151.203.20.14 - 151.203.20.14)
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 08:15 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Just a comment for the benefit of those who have not yet attended a Daltaí weekend, but may be considering it:
This past Valentine's Day weekend I attended the Deireadh Seachtaine in Esopus, it being my first. It was by far a fantastic experience. While I did not challenge myself linguistically nearly as much as I should have (meaning I barely spoke any Irish), just being around all of the advanced and fluent speakers was wonderful. Just to HEAR it spoken, and hear people have entire, lengthy conversations was a great experience in and of itself. And the Céilí was the highlight. I think I danced more that night than I have my whole life--and I can't dance to save the aforementioned life.
Daltaí is having another weekend in May, which I intend on taking part in. So, for any out there who were thinking about it: Don't think! Just do! You won't regret it.
In addition, I just want to say hello to The Laura's (a hAon agus a Dó) way down there in Virgina, and to Aomon/Edward (whom I believe shall soon be the newest member of Tara Circle down in NYC)! You--for starters--made the weekend that much more fun! Feel free to e-mail me, I'd certainly enjoy hearing from you all! And, Griff, if you happen to see this, please pass a hearty Dia Dhuit to The Laura's for me when next you all meet. Go raibh maith agat!

P.S. BEWARE CLOSE-TALKERS AND POTATO SACKS!

Slán!

marc.

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Brigid_CloverMoon (209.173.110.194 - 209.173.110.194)
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 03:33 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Dia Duit a Marc,
You completely forgot to mention the mead! And the righteous session courtesy of Laura ahAon, Aiofe, and Anthony!

I have to reiterate what Marc said. This also was my first Daltai weekend and it was fantastic. I am a beginner to Irish and everyone was so helpful and friendly. The classes and teachers were excellent and helped me figure out some things I never would have by teaching myself. It was really inspiring to see what level of fluency one can attain just by sticking to it. I will be back in May for sure!

Slan go foil,
Angie Purcell

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marc lamoureux (151.203.106.68 - 151.203.106.68)
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 05:39 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Gabh mo leithscéalm a Angie. It's not so much that I FORGOT the mead (how could one, indeed!) as it is I was perhaps a little TOO fond of it...LOL. And yes, our musical companions did very much so contribute to the weekend. Although, the "musical" Laura is "Laura a Dó". The only thing Laura a hAon professed to playing was the kazoo...or so she tells me...LOL! In any event..a great time all around.

Slán
marc.

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Antaine (141.153.176.207 - 141.153.176.207)
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 10:45 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Go raibh míle maith agat...For being so forgiving with my piping ;o)...I'm glad my buddy Aoife finally came after all these years...she's quite an accomplished musician who, I do have to say, not only sings much better than I, but looks much prettier doing it lol


le buíochas,
Antaine

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Brigid_CloverMoon (209.173.117.26 - 209.173.117.26)
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 12:28 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

a Marc,
That's right. Our classes referred to Laura aHon as Laura Rua, that's what confused me. So she plays the kazoo?! LOL. Yes it definately was great time.

Antaine,
Forgiving with your piping?! Don't be so modest you played wonderfully. All the music sounded great. You will have to send me your and Aoife's email address so we can keep in touch. Do you think she will attend another weekend?

Slán go foil,

Angie

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Antaine (141.153.176.207 - 141.153.176.207)
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 12:34 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I'd love to see her come with me to others, but, alas...she already has a harpgig lined up for Mother's Day so the next one's out (if you were impressed at the weekend you should see/hear her with her orchestral pedal harp and a nice gown...hehe)...after that she'll be done with her music therapy internship and who knows what country she'll even be in...it'd be a shame if she didn't make it to any more...

i put my email in the field on this one so yo can get mine...I don't give out hers without her permission...hope you understand...

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Laura a hAon (64.157.58.66 - 64.157.58.66)
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 12:44 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Ditto to Marc's comments on the value of the Daltaí weekends! This was my second -- my first was the Jamison weekend in November -- and I am happily amazed by how much I have learned in these few months!

Go raibh míle maith agat to all who have given me great feedback on my first batches of mead & cider :-) Clearly, at least one future batch will have to be called "Kazoo Brew" in honor of our great weekend! And hopefully, next time, I'll know how to put Irish on all of this ;-)

Slán go foill!

-Laura a hAon / Rua

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marc (128.103.125.65 - 128.103.125.65)
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 05:52 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Dia dhuit, a Laura,

I look forward to the Kazoo Brew! Well...I'll try not to look forward it to it too much...LOL...if ya know what I mean. Maybe a wee glass or two!
Hopefully I'll see you in May.

Slán go fóil!
marc.

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Brigid_CloverMoon@hotmail.com (209.173.118.135 - 209.173.118.135)
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 12:47 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Kazoo Brew. Excellent. I'll look foward to that in May also!

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Laura 2 (68.48.139.91 - 68.48.139.91)
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 10:27 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

It was great meeting you all at Esopus! Thanks for the warning, Marc, so far so good! Sadly I think I may have a show during the May weekend.
If anything changes I'll see you all there, otherwise I'll catch you all in a few months when I'm completely fluent, ceart?! (Ó, cinnte...)

For those of you who are interested you can check out TRASNA (celtic fusion) mp3's online at:
mp3.washingtonpost.com/bands/trasna.shtml.
Yes that's me on fiddle and singing. Worth the download and the free registration, of course!!! 8^)
Slán,
Laura O'Kelly/a Dó/Dubh

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marc (128.103.125.65 - 128.103.125.65)
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 06:00 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Well, if we don't see you in May, we will be sure to drink...well...something in your honor!
Ever think of changing your name back to the original Ní Cheallaigh to use as your 'stage name'? I think it would look pretty darned good on a marquee, don't you?
I'm keepin' my eyes peeled for your upcoming web-pages.

Slán!
Marc

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