Arbo, how about a tale of your week at IAW in the Catskills. How was it mate?
I hadn't been to IAW in several years. This year I made a change in accommodations- I rented a room in a house with four others, 5 miles out of town. Beautiful. We cooked, taught each other tunes, etc. Everyone else played fiddle, with secondary instruments being banjo, mandolin, and concertina. I did not go out to many sessions, one to be exact with Joannie Madden and the Friel sisters leading. That was nice! I did manage to get to all of the concerts, and even had a private lesson with Joey Abarta. Benedict's class was great. Methodical. Think we learned four tunes. The last day was a recital/ discussion with Benedict, Gabe McKeown, and Sheila Friel all playing pipes together. Nice last class... In a week and a half I am off to the Pipers' Gathering with more classes from Benedict, and Eammon Dillon! Whew!