O'Carolan Session started last Wednesday (June 24). Many happy thanks to Bob Frost & Alan Eaton (pictured below), our guest guides for this class, who from moment one at our first session, gave their hearts and stories and stellar music to us!
Our first OC session began with a short impromptu trad tune mico-session with Cayt (fiddle), Bob (banjo) & Alan (guitar). The joy of (FINALLY!) playing together energetically/physically took off like a wildfire.
We started at the beginning of our 27-tune list (there are at least 214 OC tunes in print) with Blind Mary and made it through about 15 tunes for the evening.
One student, new to OC, was over the moon with the beauty & joyful uniqueness of the tunes. She was transformed by the Magic.
For many musicians, O’Carolan tunes feel just “ok” or maybe even “weird”, but O’Carolan Believers are hit hard in the heart & soul upon hearing their first tune. Our (Bob & Cayt's) band, The Angel Band, was created out of intense love of O’Carolan’s music, and thus became a highly regarded performing/recording ensemble for concerts, festivals, etc.
Overall, our first O’Carolan summer 2020 session brought us all into balance and alignment with our musicality, hearts, and huge gratitude for the gift of playing together and for O'Carolan's gift of music to the universe. And – we sounded kick-ass, to top off a great evening!