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Also, my father-in-law, may he rest in peace, would have been 83 today.
And now, the music:
Last night, my wife and I went to see Celtic Woman in concert at the Atwood Concert Hall in downtown Anchorage.
|Mairead, Mairead Carlin, Susan and Lisa|
It was everything one could expect from that group of very talented ladies, plus their accompanists (piano, percussion, uilleann pipes, bagpipes, Irish whistle, etc) and the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.
With one exception.
Judging by the sold-out crowd's response, they (and we) would have been perfectly alright with more Celtic Christmas carols, and fewer American standbys.
Don't get me wrong: the music was wonderful, and the ladies in question were in wonderful voice ... but we can hear traditional carols by turning on the radio, or Pandora, or whatever.
And when a Celtic tune was played, the audience was electrified. Clapping, foot-stomping, dancing in the aisles excited!
But it was two solid hours of non-stop singing, dancing, and exciting music well-spent. Those who have seen the women in concert, or even on PBS or YouTube, will know what I mean.
If you're one of the few who haven't, then here's a sample:
And if your browser doesn't display the video above, go here to see it on YouTube: