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Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category, My first impression on arrival at the car park close to the Blacksmiths Arms, East the Water (the companion town to Bideford) in 2006 was how many more cars were in the car park than on my previous reconnoitring visits. It was packed!
My second thought was of concern because there was clearly a stream of people unencumbered by musical instruments heading in the general direction of the pub.
Could it be that the event was not really a session where anybody can play as long as they can figure out the tune but instead a concert. The advertisement in the excellent Festival Programme stated that the session was to be led by M'Larkey which was great but I wanted to be able to do my thing too. I grabbed my soprano sax and flute cases from the back seat of my car and headed for the Blacksmiths Arms at great speed.
My consternation grew when on entering the bar I was confronted by a sea of people already tapping their feet to very fast Irish music and a steward who wanted to grab my instruments and prevent me taking them to the wash room with me. Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category paypal, Well, like all musicians, I will defend my sax and my flute with my life. Take my wife, take my children (please), take my bank account (not that it will do you much good) but leave my sax and flute alone, Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category. With my musical instruments I have a very personal relationship. But he looked a nice enough chap and my call of nature was very pressing, 100mg Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category, so anxiously I acceded to his request.
Minutes later, I was back in the bar and very much relieved to see my instrument cases carefully placed with the other musicians and next to a young teenage flute player. Relieved in every sense, Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category coupon, I reunited myself with my instruments, liberated them from their cases and got stuck right in to the reeling and jigging.
The organisers had said that they got fifty people last year. I'd thought they meant people in the bar. Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category, It was clear that there was a huge audience and that the fifty could easily have referred to the musicians who were sitting, packed together at one end of the bar with fingers flying, feet stomping and happy grins on their faces.
Heaven it was!
There were all sorts of instruments. Straight ahead of me was a hammer dulcimer player who I recognised from Sidmouth International Folk Festival. He's also a good singer of humorous songs, Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category japan. He sang one called 'The Session' which included the line that on arriving at the moon what did the astronauts find ... 'an Irish session'. Good stuff, Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category. I congratulated him later on the power of his voice. 1000mg Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category, Being a wind player, lung extension and breathing technique is almost an obsession to me. He explained that it was all down to public speaking. Sessions are always a blur of short conversations mixed with off the scale musical sensations so I wasn't able to get more of an explanation. Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category, Maybe at the next folk festival, I'll find out more.
There was also an impressive set of what looked like Uilleann Pipes, violins (fiddles), more flutes, bodhrans, guitars, mandolins, recorders and probably other instruments that I couldn't see but which all added to the exciting sound.
After about 10 minutes there was a lull and I leapt in with 'Rakes of Kildare' and another tune that goes rather well with it. Of course, Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category usa, when I say leaped, I do actually mean 'leaped'. People have tried to keep me from getting to my feet and cavorting to the sounds of these particular tunes but, 50mg Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category, hey, the guy leading has to lead. I admit being in the air a foot off the ground and playing the flute at the same time isn't for everybody ... but it works for me, and the audience likes it.
Later, 750mg Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category, I got the opportunity to bring the soprano saxophone in to play some slower tunes. It's a Yanagisawa and has the most fantastic honeyed sound, Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category. Later on, as often happens, Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category canada, people in the audience came up to me and said how much they loved the sound. One lady even said she didn't mind me treading on her toe because I played so beautifully. Me and my big feet :-)
Interestingly, one guy came up and said that he doesn't normally like the soprano sax because it sounds too thin and like an oboe but the sound I had made had been much richer. I have to confess that the advice I got from a very experienced sax player when I was considering buying my soprano sax was to go for the most expensive rather than the cheapest, 150mg Erythromycin Ointment Pregnancy Category. Audience reaction suggests this was sound advice.
The lady in charge of the microphone played a really haunting melody, beautifully amplified so it seemed to creep around that very rafters of this old pub. There were a few more fast reels and then I led 'Goodnight Irene' on the sax. It's always a good way to finish the evening off and most pub audiences join in.
Kudos to the organisers and musicians of the Bideford Folk Festival for a great Irish session at the Blacksmiths Arms.
I shall definitely be back next year!
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