The run-up to St. Patrick's Day is always chaotic (but fun!) for Irish musicians. You end up running around from gig to gig, playing with musicians you wouldn't usually get to hang out with, and performing in places that you have never been in before.
I'm just back from an amazing trip to Thailand and Vietnam organized by the great legend Mick Moloney! The full line-up of musicians, singers and dancers was Mick Moloney, Dylan Foley, Dan Gurney, Brenda Castles, Donie Carroll, Niall O'Leary and myself.
I've just about settled into life up here in the Hudson Valley- it's been a real change of pace from living in Dublin and NYC! After all the apartment-hunting, moving furniture, hiking, and biking, we've finally started to get involved in the Irish traditional music community here in the Hudson Valley.
I'm excited to announce that I'm teaching tin whistle at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan again this fall! If anyone is based near the city and thinking of taking some whistle classes, this could be a great option for you! Group classes are a lot of fun as you get to meet new people and learn new skills together.