Sunday, July 15, 2012

Saline Celtic Festival

Amateur musicians gathering to play irish music in the acoustic tent.
Highland games in the background.

Yesterday, my dance group performed a demo at a Celtic festival just on the other side of Ann Arbor. The demo went well, especially as we overfilled the dance stage during the audience participation parts.

Hunting owl in the falconry tent

While we were there, we checked out the rest of the festival, which I was rather pleasantly surprised by.  There were three music areas as well as the dance stage. There was jousting, highland games, shepherding, a theatrical combat troupe, a fencing and sword fighting group, falconers, spinners and weavers, and kids' versions of the games and a castle playground. There were just enough vendors, so there was good stuff to buy and a good selection -- including dance shoes from Duncans Higland Supply out of Royal Oak and unique gorgeous black and white porcelain amulets from Darkblade Studios out of Portage, but the event was mostly performances and activities. 

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul
After our demo, we stayed for Eileen Ivers's show, which was really fabulous. I think she used a waa pedal for a few songs. The show was so high energy that she was jumping around while fiddling. Fun.

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