Sunday, March 15, 2009

What a Hoolie!...

What is a "hoolie" you ask? It is an Irish party. Last evening a friend and I attended a St.Patrick's Day (early!) party. An absolutely wonderful corned beef and cabbage dinner preceeded music and dancing.

Inisheer a well known North Country music group,..."playing traditional music from Cape Breton, Ireland, Scotland, Nova Scotia, New England, and the Appalachian region." (which is a quote from their website home page) performed. Here is Joel Perkins who leads Inisheer surrounded by his talented group. Check their website, there are music samples and downloads available as well as cds to purchase. The music of Inisheer will lift your spirits, I promise that!


Adding to the fun were Irish Dancers. Althought the lighting was poor for good camera shots I tried to capture the exuberance of the young people...

This shot shows my friend Phyllis on the keyboard in the back. She is multi-talented and a performs in another family group (old time and bluegrass) as well as Inisheer.
There was no age limit, here a little girl is encouraged to dance along with the older girls. She did a great job of keeping up!

This adorable little one was fascinated with Joel on fiddle and Erik on drums, she danced right there in front of them, her hands at her side and her feet jigging on the beat...

It is very safe to say that a "good time was had by all!"

16 comments:

Tammie Lee said...

That sounds like a wonderful event! Thank you for the great tunes, they are filling my wee log cabin as I write you, yes.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Cedar, We are glad to be home!!! Drove home in the rain all day yesterday. At least it wasn't ICE. ha...

Your party looked like TONS of fun. I have some Irish in me (on my mother's side)--but have never been to an Irish party. I do love the music and the dancing.

Hope you had a great week.
Hugs,
Betsy

Shellmo said...

I love to watch irish dancing! Looks like a great time to attend!

TourPro said...

Some of the best biking I've ever had was on Cape Breton island.

The Gaelic culture and Crab Cakes were extra bonuses.

Char said...

looks like a great time!

montucky said...

I think that's very safe to say! What a great party, with the kids and all!

itsmynature said...

Looks like a good times was had by all.

While we get a lot of this for St. Patty's Day, the real overdose comes in September with our local CelticFest (3 days solid).

troutbirder said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I am getting into Irish music myself as as some former students of mine have a group called the "Irish Minstrels." They play and sing at many area events.

A New England Life said...

What a great time you must have had! Looks like everyone did!

When are we going to have French Canadian Day? That's what I want to know! lol!

Carole said...

Oh I LOVE the Irish step dancing, looks like such a fun party! What a great way to get in the mood for St. Patties Day!

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Sounds like a great time! I am suddenly getting a hankering for corned beef and cabbage......the second blog I come to that mentions it!!

corin said...

Reagan would have loved the irish dancing. looks like a fun time. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.

NCmountainwoman said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all. Loved the little girl with her curls.

Mountain Woman said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun. I sure wish I was there with you!

Jean said...

What a fun party! Irish dancing is fascinating to watch. Love it! Happy St Pat's to you! Jean

Small Pines said...

Love them! I'm almost positive I've seen them on the Green in Jay for a weekend concert. I think I've also seen that same group of cloggers.