Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Light - and Spirit - of Ireland
(A series of posts leading up to/including The Nocturnes Photo Tour in the West of Ireland, July 15-25, 2013)
Great news - our trek to Ireland IS ON !! - for July 15-25, 2013! Of course, we still have a few spots available - so, book early and book often (makes a perfect 'bucket list' gift)! Be sure to check back in to  "The Nocturnes in Ireland - 2013" Blog for periodic missives about the trip, along with specific travel hints, inspiring images, musical treats, readings, and reflections on the West of Ireland - all suitable for Nocturnes travelling with us in July - or not (the "armchair travelers" amongst you)!

Check out the itinerary and other details of the trip here.
Recently, I picked up a CD (to further get in the mood . . .) called "The Spirit of Ireland." Normally, I don't care that much for compilations of music by different artists around a theme, or composer (Barber's Adagio notwithstanding); but this eclectic collection caught my eye with its broad range of artists, artistic syles, and Irish source material. From the standards ("Danny Boy" performed by the Jazz pianist Bill Evans in 1962) to the harmonic stylings of The Pogues ('Wild Cats of Kilkenny'), even including St. Glen Hansard with the Frames ("Rise").
Worth the price of admission - "The Foggy Dew" featuring Sinead O’Connor with The Chieftains - a tune which was showcased prominently in the movie "Michael Collins."
From The [not so] Daily Nocturne

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