We had a special night. Three musicians were visiting NY City from New Zealand - Sharlene Penman, Mary McDonald and Duncan - The Kilted Kiwis) so we put together a party. Oh Joy!
1 The Jubilee Jig 32 J 3 Leaflets
2 New Abbey 32 S 2 Goldring Gr2
3 Davy Nick Nack 32 H 3 Campbell
4 Border Weavers 32 S 3/3L A. Gray - Tweeddale 2
5 The Cranberry Tart 32 J 3 Glasspool
6 The Johnsonville Diamond 32 S 2 Downey
7 Maxwell's Rant 32 R 3 Bk 18
8 The Findlays' Jig 32 J 3 Goldring
9 The Saint John River 32 S 4 Guide
10 The Kissing Bridge 32 R 3 Bk 47
11 Saw ye my wee thing 32 J 2 Bk 25
12 Ann of Scotia 32 S 3 Ronald
13 Da Rain Dancin' 32 R 3 Wallace
SCDDB Dance List [Here]
So the band was The Kilted Kiwis - Sharlene Penman -Piano, Mary McDonald Fiddle, and Duncan on snare drum and high hat and they were really good. I was especially impressed by Duncan. His sound was, without being miked, well balanced with the fiddle and piano. He did it with a variety of sticks which held the sharp cutting snare sound to a pleasant level and to a pleasant sound. Miracles of modern material science.
I was impressed, very impressed, and Sharlene and I are in, or will be very shortly a conversation concerning the 2019 Kilts and Ghillies Tea Dance - I want them to play it, and I am not used to bands, or halls, booking 2 years ahead and Sharlene does. So, while I haven't even finalized the band for 2018, I am looking at dates for 2019.
April is the cruelest month - there is the threat of Passover, Easter, The New England Folk Festival, The Rerr Terr Ball, The New York Playford Ball and probably a few other events – all of them competing for four weekends in April. So far we have managed, but getting dates out of the other organizations (especially the 800 pound gorilla called NEFFA) is a task suitable for a Hercules.