This Thursday is the Musher’s Banquet and this Saturday the Iditarod starts. Yay! In three weeks, Daylight Savings Time begins. bleah. I don’t like this time change…
Heather and I ventured down to CdA for some culture
The Albeni Falls Pipe and Drum band had a benefit performance
They said their second most requested song is Amazing Grace, which was performed by this little guy He did a great job!
The dancers performed the sword dance, in which they placed two swords perpendicular to each other. They said this dance dates clear back to Macbeth and is a victory dance. The dancers never turn their back to the swords.
This dance involved broadswords, which were larger than the regular swords. Obviously, I’m not a sword expert because I’m sure the ‘regular’ swords actually have a name, too
This dance had something to do with having a successful deer hunt.
The position of the hands indicates the deer antlers.
This was a tune (I think Battle’s O’er) that had been around for a long time before words were written for it. Sam did an awesome job of singing
These little guys were the cutest The second to the youngest one, who was maybe 3-4 years old, found a fascinating square on the stage floor and managed to get his little fingers in just the right spot to open it
The Highland Fling performed softshoe.
The lady third over from the right said she was the PMS of the group, which stands for Pipe Major Substitute
While we were standing in line to go in to the performance, the lady in front of us commented to her husband that this should get us in the mood for St. Patty’s Day. He asked why? That’s Irish and bagpipes are Scottish. Then he turned and looked at me. gulp! umm… I smiled and lightheartedly said, “Well, they kind of originate in the same area with the Gaelic-Celtic background.” glare. “There’s a DIFFERENCE,” was my answer. Obviously, I need to brush up on the whole United Kingdom background!
Acapella performed by cloggers.
When they introduced this number, they said that during the Dutch invasion, the Dutch introduced their clogs. The Scots lightened the heavy shoes, and came up with their version of the clogs.
After intermission, there was a lion on stage, accompanied by jungle noises.
I will say that, “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight,” takes on a whole new perspective when played on bagpipes
Sometimes, we each march (or dance) to a different drummer
These little guys were super cute
Apparently, the group travels all over and has competed in several competitions around the area and in Canada as well.
Ummm…so I had no idea that there are electric bagpipes – kind of like electric drums, electric pianos, etc.
That was a new one on me! Obviously I need to brush up on instruments as well as United Kingdom history!
So which came first? The chicken or the bagpipes? Dunno – the chicken was in the bagpipe bag!
He played a rubber glove! Didn’t know that was possible
He said that bagpipes have been around for about 4,000 years and there are 300+ varieties.
I LOVE this song! It’s called, “Rising of the Moon,” and is for soldiers.
Fiddle and drum playing Irish medleys.
All in all, in was a GREAT performance
For those of you wondering: yes, they did have a basket of earplugs right outside the entry door
The final number was “The Parting Glass” and the audience was encouraged to join in. “But since it fell into my lot that I should rise and you should not, I’ll gently rise and softly call ‘Good night and joy be to you all.’ So fill to me the parting glass and drink a health what e’er befalls, and gently rise and softly call ‘Good night and joy be to you all.’ “