Well, February has come around, and I guess I need to start making plans to use those airline tickets I bought a few months ago. I'm off to Ireland for 2 weeks, and checking the calendar, I see three really interesting traditional music festivals going on while I'm there.
Is anybody from the café going to be at any of these events? If so, I'd enjoy the chance to say "hi" and perhaps share a tune.
Micho Russell Festival in Doolin: http://www.michorussellweekend.ie/index.html
The Gathering in Killarney: http://www.thegathering.ie/
Corofin Traditional Festival: http://www.corofintradfest.com/
At this point, I'm leaning toward The Gathering and definitely Corofin, mostly because I can take a couple of workshops, which are always great experiences for me. My plans are otherwise pretty flexible, and if there's a chance to meet up with any fellow mandolin enthusiasts while I'm getting good and lost between Galway and Cork, I'd regret not seizing upon the opportunity.