On Friday March 19, I had my first taste of live Scottish traditional music outside of the Seattle Folklife Festival.
This was a whole new experience for me. Celtic music usually goes in one ear and out the other, but this was different. Perhaps it was the venue, a small second floor room with a bar, and the all-age audience, everyone from small children to grandparents, all warmly appreciative and proud of their heritage. The bonhomie was tangible.
Whatever it was, the spell took, and I was in heaven, caught up in a thundering surf of fiddles bagpipes, drums, and guitars. Tossed breathless onto the beach at intermission (with time to get another pint), and swept up again for the second half. Martha, a friend in Seattle, is a fiddler who loves Scottish music. I wished she were there, and I wanted to tell her that yes, I get it now.
So, check out the links to their myspace pages and see what you think. Hope you’ll be as gobsmacked as I was.