Okay, the title says it all. Mostly this means I’ve been finding lots of things to occupy me. I spent a lovely week on Achill Island for the Scoil Acla. I was taking piping classes every morning with the wonderful Mick O’Brien and finding plenty of mountains to climb in the afternoons. Being lent (bestowed seems like a more appropriate word) the 19th century Coyne chanter that Willie Clancy played for a lovely B session was a definite highlight of the trip so far.
Another pretty full day of piping with Mikie followed, assembling a program for my gig on the 23rd of August. I’ve never played a solo piping gig that long before so both excited and a little daunted by the prospect. Then off to Dublin where I heard some excellent music, played in some equally excellent sessions and generally made a nuisance of myself. Currently in the awfully scenic tourist trap of Killarney, walking around lakes and stuff.