May 23, 2015,
we’ll be dancing
up a storm, or
at least a sprinkle,
at Coloma Community
Then it's off
to Reno Contra
Dance on June
23rd! Join the
fun! If you can
walk and love
trad. music, you
can enjoy contra
A free newcomer’s
at 7:30, great
for people new
to contra dancing,
or with some experience,
or rusty with
their dance moves.
are welcome to
come help the
The dance is 8:00PM
to 11:00PM, and
costs $10 adults,
$8 college students
with ID, $5 high
with ID, $25 maximum
There is a potluck
snack at break,
so please bring
something to share.
The dances get
as the evening
goes on, so coming
early will get
you the experience
and skills before
the later dances.
Center is at 4623
T Street in Sacramento.
event was fun with a big crowd dancing!
Sacramento Contra Dance featuring
Local Honey Band
Tom and Mary Kay Aufrance and Bob Kastelic
with Caller Lynn Ackerson
Saturday August 23, 2014 at 7:30-11:00 p.m.
Community Center, 4623 T St., Sacramento, CA
Local Honey Band includes fiddler Bob Kastelic, Tom Aufrance
on mandolin and guitar, and Mary Kay Aufrance on her new
midi accordion! We'll throw in a little duet singing for
the waltz! The Caller is Lynn Ackerson.
LESSON starts at 7:30 DANCE 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Sacramento
contra dancers create a welcoming atmosphere for newcomers.
Beginners, make sure to get your coupon for half off at
your next dance!
those wondering about our other local honey adventures...
bees have been busy all summer, making honey. The hive
is bountiful and Minnie has been experimenting with a
queen breeding! Early in the spring, when it looked as
if the hive might be in need of a new queen, Minnie tried
an experiment in queen rearing!
she put some of the frames with brood (that's beekeeper
talk for larva and soon to be baby bees) in a separate
little box of their own, with attending bees in the box
to nurture the baby bees. After a few weeks, "queen
cups" started popping up in the wax, where the bees
were preparing little bee beds for new queens! The bees
built about 10 queen cups and of course, little pre-queen
lore says that what happened at this point would be that
the pre-queens engage in diplomacy and deceit until just
one queen emerges victoriously. So, after the bees seemed
content with their new order, Minnie put them all back
into the big hive where all the bees have been happily-ever-after
making honey - and more honey bees, too!
reflections on her queen rearing adventure? "Luckily
the bees know what to do!"
saved a collection of queen cups and it's sitting on her
computer monitor. The variation in color and construction
a wee bit o' Irish history in honor of St.
Patrick's Day, brought to you by the Gairin
Celtic Musicians Tom and Mary Kay Aufrance.
did St. Patrick live?
is a popular notion that St. Patrick, the
Apostle of Ireland, was born sometime in the
4th or 5th Century at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton.
But now! Think about that! The village of
Kilpatrick is on the River Clyde, which is
If this is his true birthplace, then Ireland's
patron saint would actually be Scottish! Begorrah!
all know that as a teenager, St. Patrick was
kidnapped by Irish raiders, taken back to
and enslaved as a shepherd, and that he walked
200 miles until he got to a port and could
get on a boat to escape. But then later he
saw a vision, became a Catholic priest and
went back to Ireland
and the rest is history.
Patrick's Day is a great time for tellin'
tales. Here's a plausible story.
Englishman, an Irishman, a Scotsman, and a
Welshman were all flying together in an airliner.
The captain announced that they were losing
altitude rapidly and that one of them would
have to jump out to save the others.
do this for the glory of Scotland,"
said the Scotsman - and he jumped out!
need to lose more weight," said the captain,
so the Welshman shouted, "I do this for
the glory of Wales,"
and then the Welshman jumped out.
said the captain. "I'm afraid we need
to lose the weight of just one more person."
do this for the glory of Ireland,"
said the Irishman.
then he threw out the Englishman.
Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17th,
the day believed to be his death.
would everybody worldwide celebrate St. Patrick's
death instead of celebrating his birthday?
to the Nevada Sons and Daughters of Erin St.
Patrick’s Day program, St. Patrick's dying
wish was for people to cheer up, and not mourn
his passing, and to have a wee dram to ease
their pain. Then, after he died, some of the
Scot-Irish tribes in that region of Ireland
had a brief battle over St. Patrick's body.
is an Account in the “Annals of the Four Masters”
of the “Battle for the Body of St. Patrick”
that says the tribes from Armagh and Ulaid
met at a river. Then the river swelled against
them so that they were not able to cross it
in consequence of the greatness of the flood.
When the flood had subsided, the tribes were
overcome by a strange confusion that caused
them to cease their battle and unite on terms
of peace. It was strange! Both tribes thought
they had actually won the battle, because
miraculously it appeared to each of them that
each had possession of St. Patrick's body!
So both tribes went home happily ever after!
above is a true historical tale corroborated
by the historical documents cited! Go look
amusing tale from Ireland
Mother Superior from Ireland
was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed
trying to make her last journey comfortable.
tried giving her some warm milk to drink;
but, she refused it.
of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen
and remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey
received as a gift the previous Christmas,
she opened it and poured a generous amount
of the whiskey into the warm milk.
at Mother Superior's bed, she held the glass
to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a
little more and before they knew it, she had
drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.
the nuns asked with earnest, "please
give us some wisdom before you die."
raised herself up in bed and said, "Don't
sell that cow!"
about The Green?
may be the national color of Ireland,
but the color originally associated with St.
Patrick was actually blue. The “Order of St.
Patrick” was established in 1783 as the senior
order of chivalry in the Kingdom of Ireland.
The color associated with the honor needed
to differentiate it from the Order of the
Garter (which was dark blue) and the Order
of the Thistle (which was green). So they
went with sky blue.
St. Patrick used a three-leafed shamrock to
explain the Holy Trinity to the then-pagan
Irish people. This has forever linked the
shamrock with St. Patrick and the Irish in
the popular imagination. He tied shamrocks
to his robes. They say this is why we wear
green today. The shamrock was also important
in Celtic mythology because of its three leaves.
Three was a sacred number to the Celts as
well as the Christians.
amusing Irish humor...
Irishman named Paddy & a Scotsman named
Angus are working on a building site. Paddy
says to Angus, 'Im gonna get the day off,
I'm gonna pretend I'm crazy! And the Foreman
will let me go home.' So, Paddy climbs up
into the rafters , hangs upside down &
shouts 'I'M A LIGHTBULB! I'M A LIGHTBULB!'
Angus watches in amazement! The Foreman shouts
'Paddy you're acting crazy! Go home.' So,
Paddy leaves the site and gets his day off.
Angus starts packing his tools up and starts
to go home as well.
the hell are you going?' asks the Foreman.
Angus replies, ‘What? How do you expect me
to work in the dark?
Patrick's Day in the USA
very first St. Patrick's Day parade was held
in the United States.
The Irish have been celebrating the feast
of St. Patrick since the ninth century, but
the first recorded parade anywhere was in
Boston in 1737. The parade was not Catholic
in nature, though, because the majority of
Irish immigrants in the colonies were Protestant.
did not have a parade of its own until 1931,
in Dublin. Even today, 18 out of the 20 largest
St. Patrick's Day parades are in the United
States -- New York's
St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest in
goes into a department store and asks the
shopkeeper, "Excuse me sir, but do you
sell potato clocks?"
shopkeeper looks at him and says, "What
did you say? We sell cuckoo clocks, carriage
clocks, grandfather clocks, alarm clocks...
what in the world is a potato clock?"
Paddy says, "I don't know, but I start
my new job at nine tomorrow, and the wife
said 'You'd better get a potato clock.'"
Irish have a love of tradition!
Why does it take five Irishmen to change a
One to change the bulb. Four to remark about
how grand the old bulb was.
Irishman is sitting at the end of a bar.
sees a lamp at the end of the table.
walks down to it and rubs it.
pops a genie. It says, "I will give you
man thinks awhile. Finally he says, "I
want a beer that never is empty."
that, the genie makes a poof sound and on
the bar is a bottle of beer.
Irishman starts drinking it and right before
it is gone, it starts to refill.
genie asks “Well now you have two more wishes
to go. What would you like for your next two
Irishman says, "I want two more of these."
Celtic Music perform at Red's 395 Restaurant
in Carson City from 4-7 on St. Patrick's Day.)
Celebrate St. Patrick's
Day with Gairin
Live Irish Music
at Red's 395
Wear the Green
Help Turn Red's
1055 S. Carson Street
Carson City, NV
Red's for more info.
Visit Red's 395 on the Web...
are always asking us,
"Why do they call it contra dancing?"
it because it's contrary or country? It may
be both! Around 1690, English country dances
made their way over to France, where they
combined dance steps from both French and
English dances. The French called these dances
"contredanse," because the men and
women started each dance in long paired lines
of couples facing each other, as in being
like back then, contra dancing is done to
live music and a caller calls out the moves.
Over the course of any particular contra dance,
individuals change partners and interact with
everyone else in the dance lineup, with everybody
traversing patterns. So, contra dancing is
a group activity. The music consists of old
time tunes that find their roots in Celtic
(and therefore Old Time Americana) traditions,
including reels, jigs and polkas.
Contra dancing was once popular all over the
Western world, especially in New England,
Ohio and the Maritime provinces of Canada.
Why Ohio? That's where the Western Reserve
was established to give land to the veterans
of the Revolutionary War. So, America's first
vets brought their favorite dancing with them.
dances were quite fashionable in the United
States until the 1850s, when they got competition
from square dances and couples dances, such
as waltzes and couples polkas. By the 1930s
and '40s, contra dancing was done just in
small towns in New England, Maritime Canada
and yes still in Ohio, where couples dancing
and especially the polka flourished as well.
popularity of contra dancing experienced a
resurgence in the 1950s and '60s with the
folk music revival, and contra dance workshops
and music camps sprang up. Then, during the
'70's some of the callers began adding new
movements, such as "heys" and "gypsies."
Becket formation was also introduced, with
partners starting out next to each other instead
of opposite. Today, the urban farming and
small farm movement has embraced contra dancing,
with more contra dances springing up again
at community centers and grange halls.
find out more, you'll just have to go experience
the fun of contra dancing for yourself!
& Minnie and Local Honey
Contra Dance Band For hire
Here are some fun scenes from the last contra
dance we did.
Contact us to add dance music to your event...
news for musicians using Kindle! Jim from
Wyoming reports he has enjoyed getting our
music book for a fraction of the hardcopy
price, "I have been a Kindle user since
it first came out, and your music book Ramblin'
Irishman was one of the first I bought from
the Kindle Store. I play the piano, and when
Kindle Dx large version came out, I bought
one so I could download music scores. This
works fine for looking at a score away from
the piano, such as when traveling, although
it's not a substitute for printed music at
the piano. I have also tried the Kindle Reader
on my iPad, and that is much better on the
piano!" -- Jim
McArtor sent some interesting comments after
our last newsletter
Re: Celtic Connections, Old Time Cowboys
John Harbison brought bees by ship to the
west coast from Pennsylvania in 1850, he did
not come through the Panama Canal. That wasn't
completed until 1914! I suspect his shipboard
travels took him around Cape Horn, after passing
by Tierra del Fuego, or possibly through the
Strait of Magellan, just north of Tierra del
Fuego." -- Rob McArtor
had to apologize for calling it the Panama
Canal, because before the Canal there was
a steamer route, a railroad and a trail before
that. However, upon further investigation,
we stumbled upon this sandiegohistory.org
account stating, "Harbison wrote
in his book,
The The Beekeeper's Directory, that between
October 1st, 1858, and April 1st, 1859, one
thousand colonies of bees were shipped to
California from the East Coast via the Isthmus
anybody interested in how folks got Out West
in those days before the turn of the century,
you can find interesting reading here:
Rush includes a letter from a German woman
who went "through the Panama Canal"
before it was a canal. She tells about taking
a train over a scary trestle, and she mentions
that before the train there was a trail that
she was glad not to have to take. One thing
she liked doing on her trip Out West was dancing
a polka to the music of the accordion on a
ship between the Isthmus and San Francisco.
For more history of The
Panama Route see this book.
the history of how honeybees came Out West
has become a plot thicker than honey! We found
out that even though John S. Harbison arrived
in San Diego with one hundred and ten colonies
of bees on in 1869, and then became largest
producer of honey in the world, he was not
the first to bring bees Out West. Thanks to
sandiegohistory.org, we now know that, "Harbison
has often been credited with bringing the
first honeybees to California (the honeybee,
Apis mellifera, is not a native of the Western
Hemisphere but was imported by the early colonists
from Europe), but this honor belongs to the
botanist Christopher A. Shelton, who arrived
in San Francisco aboard the steamship "Isthmus"
on March 14, 1853, with twelve colonies of
bees. He immediately took them to San Jose
but only one hive survived. It did well, casting
three swarms the first summer. Then, the next
record of honeybees being brought Out West
was that of William Buck, who brought thirty-six
hives from New York via the Panama Route arriving
November 30, 1855." Find more details
thanks to Rob McArtor for giving us the incentive
to go looking for more information about how
beekeeping made its way Out West! For more
about this topic, scroll down to view the
your cullinary delight and pleasure, we're
excited to announce two varieties of honey:
Spring Wildflower Delight and Summer-Fall
we're on the topic of honey...
Here's some interesting history about
Celtic Connections, Old Time Cowboys and Beekeeping
to the book Bee
by Claire Preston those groovy iron age
folks from Northern Scotland, the Picts, were
making honey ale between 300–600 BC. The home
brewing Picts thought the honey was collected
by the bees after it was ready-made by the
flowers! It wasn’t until 1700 that people
figured out that bees gather pollen from flowers
and then make it into honey in their bee hives.
though you might think Scotland would have
too cool a climate for beekeeping, Scottish
beekeeping thrives! There's even a Scottish
Country Dance named after an apiary, that
is a "bee ranch." Just ask Marian
Stroh, Reno's Queen Bee of Scottish Country
even has its own official bee census. The
Scots started counting bees in 2010 to determine
the effects of bee diseases that have Medieval
sounding names like "foulbrood."
(Apis mellifera) are certainly indigenous
to the British Isles, including Scotland.
However it is likely that the Northern limit
of their natural range is reached somewhere
in the Northern half of the country, being
determined by a subtle blend of factors such
as rainfall, temperature and wind exposure.
Fera colonies seem able to survive without
human intervention certainly as far north
as the coastal parts of Sutherland, but not
much further. The Scottish Island groups -
The Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland - are somewhat
exposed and windy, but bees can be kept on
all of them successfully, albeit with considerable
help from the beekeeper. Queen rearing is
rather more difficult in these areas."
Thanks to beekeepingjobs.net for this info.
Flight of Irish Bees
Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200 writer Dáibhí
O 'Cróinín wrote that honey
was utilized as a sweetener in brewing ale
and also in butter. Yet, the Annals of Ulster
in 993 recorded a "plague of people,
animals and bees" across the land.
Bretha (Bee Judgments) were written into ancient
Brehon Law. Ownership of hives was to be clearly
determined. There were laws against stealing
hives, and even compensation required for
those stung by another person's bees. Destruction
of bees was a grave offense and a devastating
tradegy, kind of like horse thievery.
ancient monks were beekeepers, as were many
common folks. Tracking a swarm of bees was
one of the few activities the church allowed
the Irish Got Their Honey
Patrick may have driven out the snakes, but
Mo-Domnóc, a 7th century Irish saint
was the guy who brought the first honeybees
to Ireland. Old Mo had been beekeeping in
a monastary in Wales, and when he returned
to his native land, he brought some hitchhikers
with him. Mo-Domnóc’s bees never
returned to their former hives back in the
Welsh monastery and they became the forerunners
of all Irish bees today.
sources say that Mo-Domnóc was actually
Welsh, not Irish. In that case, there may
be at least one thing the Irish can thank
the British for.
Gobnait, a 5th or 6th century nun from County
Clare is the Irish saint of beekeepers! Gobnait
is Irish for Abigail, but she’s also
known as Deborah (Honeybee). Thanks to Irishfireside.com
for this Irish beekeeping history!
Did Beekeepers Get Out West?
in a wagon train! During the 1850's Gold Rush,
a descendant of Irish immigrants (who had
come to the US before it was a country way
back before 1776) John Harbison, made a killing
when he brought beekeeping to the US West
Coast from Pennsylvania. He didn't take the
land route however, and instead he and his
bee hives came Out West on a ship that floated
its way through the Panama Canal. This is
the same route and the same era when the first
accordions came Out West, by the way! Harbison's
is a very
More than you probably ever wanted to know!
tune Garry Owen is our top download by Gairin
fans in the UK, here goes... This song emerged
in the late 18th century, when it was a
drinking song of rich young roisterers in
Limerick. It obtained immediate popularity
in the British Army through the 5th (Royal
The word garryowen
is derived from Irish, the proper name Eóghan
("born of the yew tree") and the word for
garden garrai – thus "Eóghan's Garden".
It refers to the area of Garryowen in the
city of Limerick, Ireland.
Ripped Off Garry Owen!
two arrangements of the song in 1809–1810
(published 1814–1816 in W.o.O. 152 and W.o.O.
154) to the title, "From Garyone My Happy
Home", with lyrics by T. Toms, on romantic
themes. The arrangements were part of a
large project by George Thomson to engage
prominent composers of his day to write
arrangements of the folk songs of Ireland,
Scotland, and Wales.
Viscounts and Grenadiers Sure Liked It Too.
And the French Ran Away!
early reference to the tune appears in The
Life of the Duke of Wellington by Jocquim
Hayward Stocqueler, published in 1853. He
describes the defence of the town of Tarifa
in late December 1811, during the Peninsular
War. General H. Gough, later Field Marshal
Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough, commanding
officer of the 87th Regiment (at that time
known as the Royal Irish Fusiliers), after
repulsing an attack by French Grenadiers
"… was not, however, merely satisfied with
resistance. When the enemy, scared, ran
from the walls, he drew his sword, made
the band strike up 'Garry Owen', and followed
the fugitives for two or three hundred yards."
also a favourite in the Crimean War. The
tune has also been associated with a number
of British military units, and is the authorised
regimental march of The Irish Regiment of
Canada. It was the regimental march of the
Liverpool Irish, British Army. It is the
regimental march of the London Irish Rifles
(now part of The London Regiment (TA)).
It was also the regimental march of the
50th (The Queen's Own) Foot (later The Queen's
Own Royal West Kent Regiment) until 1869.
Dance to Garryowen!
the Quick March and Canter March of the
Welsh Horse Yeomanry, a civilian organisation
based in South West Wales, who perform Cavalry
and Living History Displays, including the
Welsh Horse Musical Ride, in which the tune
Garryowen features prominently.
the marching tune for the 69th Infantry
Regiment, New York Militia, (the famed "Fighting
69th" ) in the mid-19th century. The "Fighting
69th" adopted Garryowen before the Civil
War and recently brought it back to combat
in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
It later became
the marching tune for the American 7th Cavalry
Regiment during the late 19th century. Most
folks already know that the tune was a favorite
of General George Armstrong Custer and became
the official air of the regiment in 1867.
According to legend it was the last tune
played before the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
of the tune has become a part of the regiment,
the words Garry Owen are part of the regimental
crest. There is a Camp Garry Owen, north
of Seoul, Korea, which houses part of the
4th Squadron of the regiment. There is also
a currently operating Forward Operating
Base, FOB Garryowen, within the Maysan province
of Iraq. FOB Garryowen was established in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 8–10
in June 2008 by 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
Regiment. The 7th Cavalry became a part
of the 1st Cavalry Division in 1921, and
"Garryowen" became the official tune of
the division in 1981. The tune became the
name for bases established by the Cavalry
in current conflicts. The most recent was
Combat Operating Base, (COB), Garry Owen
in the Maysan Province of Iraq. The base
was near the city of Al Amarra and was established
by the 2/7 CAV.
Our Top Track!
Here are the Top 10
Since Routenote just released
our Top 10 Tracks downloaded online, we
want to send Huge Thanks to all who download
and enjoy our music! It's an honor that
Our Gairin Garry Owen took the #1 spot,
especially in the UK! Here's what else everybody
Thanks to all who
came out to the June contra dance! We joined
up with Kenny Davis and Leslie Mink on piano
and fiddle, and called ourselves Fish Tacos
Beans and Rice, and a good time was had
And as always,
a Big Thanks to all who came out for St.
Know Your Irish
Music on St. Patrick's Day
Mary Kay Aufrance of Gairin Music
St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, it's time
to brush up on your knowledge of Irish music!
Here's a lighthearted approach to Irish Musicology
from the Carson City Irish American Music
Duo of Gairin Music.
knows that a "jig" is a lively dance that
originated in Ireland, and most folks associate
the "jig" with cute mop headed girls bouncing
up and down in their colorful costumes. As
the girls seem to defy gravity with their
legs bounding and arms straight at their sides,
they dance in something called "triple time,"
which is sort of like a waltz gone wild! This
is a style of dancing that originated among
ordinary people, not the royal courts, since
the royals were too busy being stately to
have such fun leaping and bounding. And, when
the dance is done, "the jig is up."
knowing it, many St. Patrick's Day revelers
define this dance as they "stagger, lurch,
or sway, as if from drunkenness" and hopefully
allow their designated driver to do the driving
instead of the reeling! This is one dance
that was named for the way observers thought
it actually looked. In Middle English, the
meaning of the word was "to whirl about."
How can you tell a jig from a reel? If you
tap your foot to the music, you will notice
that you are tapping in groups of 4 at at
time. Reel has 4 letters in it. So that's
how to remember a reel had groups of 4 foot
taps and a jig has groups of 3. Confused yet?
The Irish Gaelic word for that is "bunoscionn."
sailors on wooden ships became expert hornpipe
dancers, because they were actually required
to participate in dancing as their only form
of exercise during long sea voyages. Many
a sailor would rather dance the hornpipe rather
than walk the plank, which was their only
alternative according to seaman lore! So,
the hornpipe originated as a men's dance,
and each man did his best improvisation of
a sailor trying to stay afoot while the ship
was rolling and lurching in the waves. Also,
the instrument used to play a hornpipe was
exactly that: a pipe made out of an animal
horn. The Irish weren't the only people to
play the hornpipe, and the hornpipe instrument
was popular among Welsh, Basque, Scottish,
Russian and other folks, too.
knows that a pub song is what you sing along
to when you're in the bar and the Celtic band
plays on St. Patrick's Day! However, to be
truly knowledgeable of St. Patrick's Day musicology,
one must know that a "pub" (not to be confused
with "public housing") originated as a small
local drinking establishment fundamental to
the culture of Britain, Ireland, Australia
and New Zealand. Especially in small villages,
a pub was the focal point of the community,
and one expert writing for Wikipedia asserts
that there are approximately 53,500 public
houses in the United Kingdom alone! The pub
owner is known as the "landlord" and the patrons
who enjoy each other's company and spirits
there are the "regulars." And, that's no blarney!
Patrick's Day in the United States
not a legal holiday anywhere in the United
States, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated everywhere
on March 17th. It's become a celebration of
Irish and Irish American culture, including
prominent displays, "wearing of the green,"
feasting and consumption of alcohol (especially
green beer), religious observances, and parades.
The holiday has been celebrated all over North
America since before the American Revolution.
Of course it honors St. Patrick, the Patron
Saint of Ireland, whose contributions were
great and included overcoming his own slavery
at the hands of "Niall of the Nine Hostages,"
introducing Catholicism to Ireland, the use
of the Shamrock to explain theology, and some
say he even ran the snakes out of Ireland.
the author: Mary Kay Aufrance is
a singer songwriter whose music is licensed
through BMI. She performs Irish music with
her husband Tom as Gairin Celtic Music. The
two have 4 CDs and a book of Irish Music to
their credit, available on Amazon, iTunes
and other websites. Tom and Mary Kay have
been singing and playing Irish music for decades,
after outcasting themselves from their usual
Renaissance festival circuit when Mary Kay
took up the accordion (which was not invented
until hundreds of years after the Renaissance).
Now, they perform in local establishments,
at county fairs and for traditional Celtic
and American Folk Music societies.
means "a little bit o' laughter, like a chuckle."
So, is it any wonder that Laughology
has licensed our music for
their DVD project?
- The DVD, UK (Great Britain)
may be more than coincidental that our Celtic
stage name Gáirín means "a
little bit o' laughter, like a chuckle"
for this commercial client! We checked out
their DVD The
Meaning of Laugh. It's the world's first
feature length documentary to address the
topic of laughter! Watching the DVD, we learned
a lot about how important it is to laugh!
We always thought so and now you can find
'Plato hated it, the Bible discouraged it
and psychologists once thought it would drive
you insane. When Albert realises he's forgotten
how to laugh, he embarks upon a global investigation
into this mysterious physical phenomenon,
spanning neuroscientists, holy laughter groups
and the man with the most contagious laugh
in the world. "Haahaahaahaa", pants prehistoric
man, excitedly clubbing another man over the
head. He's having fun, the man is his friend,
and this is the elemental sound of laughter.
A couple of million years later, we find Albert
sitting in his dressing gown in a grey city
apartment. It's a picture of stress and exhaustion
broken only by the giggle of his baby daughter.
"Who taught this baby to laugh?"' Find
out more about laughology and the importance
recent licensing clients include:
UK (Great Britain) - Canamedia Productions
Ltd was founded in 1978 by producer/director
Les Harris and executive producer Jane Harris.
It is one of the longest established distribution
and production companies in Canada. Canamedia
Film Productions Inc was incorporated in 1997.
Peace Project, UK (Great Britain)
is through Getty Black Box, Washington
USA and Getty
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Golden Slippers for our sponsors, to be released this
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Sponsored Tune: Saddle The Pony
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With friend and Reno Celtic organizer Willie Puchert,
President of the Sons and Daughters of Erin.
is so funny we had to send it!
Hope you enjoy the Square Dance in this Cartoon
Irish Traditions & History
"Erin go Bragh"
Here's a wee bit o' interesting Irish history
for ya! Erin go Bragh is an anglicisation of the
Irish phrase Éirinn
go Brách, in which Éirinn
refers to Éire
or Ireland. We're sure you knew that already! But, did
you also know that that the English version was probably
taken out of context, from the Irish Go
bhfanad in Éirinn go brách ("May I stay in
Ireland for ever") or Go
bhfillead go hÉirinn go brách ("May go back
to Ireland for ever"). So, there you have your healtfelt
expression of the Ireland Forever State of Mind.
Tune for You: Country
just recorded this for our students at an upcoming workshop.
Hope you like it too! This waltz is very common in the
Appalachian tradition, but it has no author or credits!
You can find it in the The
where there's nary a credit! Strange, eh? By the way if
you're looking for another great place to find the music
and history of tunes and songs in the Scottish Irish and
Appalachian tradition, check out TheSession.org
Even though some of the
reviewers on Amazon didn't like this book all that much,
mainly because they said it was too America centric, you'll
have to decide for yourself. We have read it and recommend
We agree with Chris Niccolls
on Amazon who said, "Cahill's book was a top seller
when it came out around 15 years ago. It's a great story
that explains how Ireland's political, geographical, and
religious tradition of isolation allowed it to preserve
the great academic works of Roman culture. This knowledge,
locked away in remote Abbey's and Monasteries, helped
to kick start civilization when Ireland rejoined the world
at the turn of the millennium. Something that benefited
all European civilizations. This is a great story that
is beautifully told."
Tahoe-Tallac Valhalla Grand Hall
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Fest - RSVP Carnival - Sacramento Contra Dance Society - Hawthorne
Armed Forces Days - Sierra Philharmonic 4th of July with Reno
Philharmonic - Wingfield Park - Nevada Governors Mansion - Virginia
City Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry - El Dorado Library Music on
the Lawn - Portola Railroad Days - Sierra Contra Dance Society
- Carson City Rendezvous - Nevada State Railroad Museum - Nevada
Society of Scottish Clans Burns Celebration - Circus Circus
Reno - Nevada Wild West Fair - Nevada State Fair - Gold Canyon
Steakhouse - Sons and Daughters of Erin St. Patrick's Day -
Reno Irish Dance Co. - Reno Artown - Ceol Irish Pub - Foodies
Bystro - Brewery Arts Center - Artisans Store - Reno Celtic
Celebration - Marriott Hotels Reno & Tahoe - John Ascuaga's
Nugget - Channel 10 TV