Goodness what times! Been busy, busy, busy lately but I have to tell you about the Irish Christmas Concert I went to with my sister and mum and how AMAZING it was.
My sister asked me whether we wanted to go to the Irish Christmas Concert in Imst (a place in Tyrol) and I agreed, not knowing what I was getting myself into. Said evening, my mum, my sis and I went there by car and after some detours (caused by the navigation system), we arrived in front of a hug hall. It wasn't a theatre but actually a hall in which normally cattle and horses are exhibited and sold and it was called the Arena. Indeed, there was an arena and less space than I had thought, but it was all cosy and nice. Admittedly, I was quite concerned that we had been ripped off for a stupid pseudo-Irish concert with two remotely Irish-looking people doing Riverdance and a violinist.
How wrong I was! First, there was Paddy Keenan and David Munnelly - an accordion player and a pipes player. They were so refreshingly and Irishly funny and absolute experts on their instruments. As soon as they started with the first tune, my heart started to weep and I felt home. This music does something to me which I cannot quite explain. I call it the Magic of Music. Halfway through the first reel, a tap dancer came on stage and did authentic Irish dance, which was beyond wonderful and my sister and I only wept tears of joys. I mean, how was it possible that we found this jewel of the Irish music amidst a rural town in Tyrol?
After the first gig, Aoife Scott and band came on stage and I fell in love. I wouldn't say she is my new Kate Rusby because there is only one Kate Rusby, but she had not only such a beautiful voice, but was also such a power woman with a great deal of humour that you could only fall in love with her.
In the interval, straight after the wonderful Aoife had finished her last song, my sister and I stormed into the lobby and bought her CD which she signed as well. We also had a little chat and I can say she is a great artist and person.
Initially, I hesitated buying her CD instantly because I didn't have much money on me and there was still one more gig to come but we agreed that it couldn't get any better than Aoife Scott.
Weeeeell...it wasn't better but it was absolutely incredible and definitely shared first place with Aoife. I am talking about Goitse here, a band from Limerick which was just mind-blowing! They were one with their instruments and you could see how much they loved playing their instruments and the crowd went BONKERS! We cheered, clapped, laughed and everyone was happy, but me probably the most. There is a reason why I feel so drawn towards English and Irish folk music because it does something to me and reflects perfectly my idea of the music I want to do and am doing. I was so grateful to be there and share this awesome night with my mother and sister and when Goitse, Aoife Scott and band and Paddy Keenan and David Munnelly all came on stage together for a last set, I swear to God, I decided I could die peacefully now because I was truly happy.
Well, at least until I realised I didn't have enough money on me to buy the Goitse CD and fell into deep depression. Then I opened my mother's purse (who had initially said she didn't have any money on her which was why I had to pay my sister's CD) and, alas! there was plenty of money in there! It was a Christmas miracle! Completely at peace with the earth, my sister and I got a signed Goitse CD each as well and drove home, re-listening to everything and repeating ourselves with saying how wonderful it had all been.
So, one of my best nights in my life spent in Imst? Who would have thought that...now I am sitting on the sofa and listen to the wonderful Aoife Scott while writing these lines and without shamefully promoting anyone I can only say, if you are short of gifts to give, get the Aoife Scott CD "Carry the Day" because you can only be joyful when listening to her beautiful voice!
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