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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Family Affairs at Ennis Trad Festival 2012

 The annual temporary migration of visitors from all over the world bearing  musical instruments took place last weekend to Clare  for the annual Ennis Trad Festival.    The middle room of The Rowantree Cafe was packed for the launch of two CDs by master traditional musicians. Pat Costelloe introduced Eamonn Cotter who was launching his second CD , The Knotted Chord.  Renowned not only for his prowess as a player but also as a fine crafter  of wooden flutes, Eamonn was accompanied by his sister Geraldine . His rendition of the air Aisling Geal was a highlight. Daughters Sadhbh and Grainne joined their dad for a number before the party made way for fiddle player Eileen O Brien . Andrew McNamara introduced the Tipperary fiddler who has published a volume of her father, Paddy O'Brien's  tunes in tandem with a solo fiddle recording Aon le hAon . She was also beautifully accompanied by a family member, her daughter Jennifer Minogue on piano .  There was a feeling of a house party in the elegant period drawing room as extended family and local musicians gathered to support the musicians. Again it was the airs that I enjoyed most, particularly Easter Snow. 

Musicians formed a huge circle in Glor foyer on Monday at lunchtime for one of the final day events and many made their way upstairs to view the late Jean Regan's exhibition of paintings. Later in the evening, a disgruntled punter looked balefully on another large gathering in The Poet's Corner pub in The Old Ground Hotel .  'The trouble is' he said ruefully,  'that everyone with a few tunes thinks they can be a participant'. There were some frayed tempers elsewhere he reported  as named   session musicians couldn't get seats in their designated venues.  Nebulous as it may be, there would seem to be a session etiquette. Perhaps the organisers should issue some guidelines.

Circular Session 

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