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Saturday at the Traditional Music Fest by Ann Treacy
January 31, 2008, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Dublin

Lily had a birthday party on Saturday. So Kate and I hit the town alone. We shared a hotdog and a chocolate crepe (mostly Kate didn’t share that) at the Meeting House Square market. They have a nice selection of produce, cheese, and food you can eat right away.

Then we scored Kate a place at the free tin whistle mini-lesson, which was part of the Traditional Music Fest! You can see the video of the class below. It was great. The teacher was clearly a musician with tons of patience. At the end of the class Kate did know enough to keep learning new songs. Also – they let her keep the tin whistle.

We walked around for a while and saw some fun things. Then we waited to meet the rest of the crew. We were just in time to see a storyteller, who was part of the festival. He was very good. Again you can see the picture below.

We had a nice Italian restaurant and we found ourselves in the rare occasion of being too early. We had tickets to the pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre. (We saw the more budget version before Christmas.)

The Gaiety production is the big production. It was Beauty and the Beast. The theatre is old and fancy – kind of like the Orpheum or State Theaters back home. It was fun to see both productions. This was a little more high brow. The other used a lot more street humor, which I think the girls preferred. The Gaiety production included two narrator/jokers types and one was a little person. As Aine pointed out, he was little like a kid and that’s why she liked him so much. He was very funny.

At the end of the night (very late given the kids were with us) we took a cab home. It had been a long, cold day – so the cab home may have been the highlight to me.

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