This is always a strange day. Stranger than the day after we close, because that's a holiday and we still spend some time on the Irish Fest site tearing down and cleaning up. But the Tuesday after, when it's back to work and real life, when all those jobs that so were so urgent just days ago are no longer on our lists, when anticipation, turned to action begins fading into memory, well...Tuesday is an odd day.
As usual, in spite of all hope and good intention, the time to actually enjoy the fruits of our labor are few for the staff, so I didn't get to spend a lot of time listening to music. I managed to hear John Spillane, a personal favorite, for a while. Bands that I introduced, Different Drums and The Saw Doctors, I stuck around for. Both were astounding. I saw the finale of the Fuchsia Band show on Sunday when members of Cumasc, Beoga and Gaelic Storm joined the boys on stage for a great rendition of the Saw Doctor's Joyce Country Ceili Band and Mairtin's brush dance. I heard a lovely version of the Pogues' "A Pair Of Brown Eyes" from Cumasc.
Mostly, though, myself and the rest of us in our various uniform shirts of grey, gold and green, worked. So I want to ask you: what did we miss? What were your weekend highlights? What performances sparked you to head for the CD tent to melt down the auld VISA card? While we were moving fence, judging contests, manning gates, hauling ice, carrying strollers and emptying recycling bins, what did we miss?
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