Thursday, September 27, 2012

Serendipitous Terpsichore

This was cited elsewhere this morning as a clip with a good example of the La Baratte movement. And so it is. But it's posted here because it's an intricate, beautiful dance, beautifully executed by the Dunedin Dancers and with excellent music and I greatly enjoyed watching it. (The heading is somewhat misleading. Scottish Country Dance is not, strictly speaking, folk dance. The usual description is that it is the ballroom dancing of Scotland. This dance, called the Mic Mac Rotary, which seems to be named after a roundabout somewhere in Atlantic Canada, was choreographed well within living memory by John Drewry.) Enjoy.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Still the Weekend, but Concertina instead of Pipes

Alistair Anderson & Richard Thompson again, this time without pipes . . . but they are playing "Madame Bonaparte", a version of which exists as a nice pipe tune.
I used to play a bit of Anglo concertina. Just hacking around though; nothing like this. This is what is meant by virtuouso. I wonder what a decent concertina costs these days. I'm afraid to look it up. I still have to make the second paypment on my new border pipes, which should be ready pretty soon now.


Some Piping for the Weekend

Northumbrian pipes again this week. Here Kathryn Tickell plays Sir John Fenwick's 'The Flower Among Them All' and 'Sir Sidney Smith's March'. She's accompanied by Alistair Anderson on concertina (and pipes) and Richard Thompson on guitar.

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Friday, September 14, 2012


Nothing to disagree with here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


The local paper still lists birthdays every morning on page 2. To be listed therein, it is mandatory that you be alive and if under 50, that I have no idea who you are.

But The Inn is not the Press Telegram and I can honor the birthday of anyone I delight in.


Claudette Colbert: she'd be 99 today, God rest her soul.

Our Sunday Mass

A visitor posted a pleasing review of same here.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Qui habitat in cælis, irridebit eos Dept

All the news bulletins seem to be about some sort  of political gathering in North Carolina, just across the border from, and uncomfortably close to, my native state.  

So with no Angel game tonight and the SCD season not started, it seems there's nothing left for it but to go for a walk in the cool of the evening.