Last year, my sister Omega and I attended the Dublin Irish Festival primarily to see The Saw Doctors, the main headliner in a three day marathon of Celtic music. Last year I found Tempest on stage Saturday afternoon and was totally blown away and became a fan for life.
This year, I had not heard of a single band of the eight featured on the Celtic Rock stage. Omega had seen Seven Nations and was eagerly looking forward to seeing them again. They were great! Fiddle, bagpipes, mandolin. Great stuff.
I was impressed by all of them! But, if I had to choose who was my favorite, it would be Ashley MacIsaac the scorching viloin player from Nova Scotia. I was totally mesmerized by his mind blowing range of emotion with the instrumnet. From foot stomping rock-n-roll Celtic style, to hauntingly beautiful melodies. Mouth dropping and head shaking bewilderment at the talent one 29 year old can possess.
I can not wait to see them again.