|Tour July 2008
July 12th, 2008
Celtic Spring just finished a wonderful tour in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and then went on to Canada to attend the Leahy music camp. We had a fantastic combination of visits with dear friends, musical immersion, and delighting in vast amounts of fresh blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and raspberries as we travelled through farm land in the US and Canada.
Last summer had us zipping so fast from place to place and driving straight through the night five different times as we zigzagged around the United States. We thoroughly enjoyed our slower pace spending long hours with friends in Ohio and in Canada, and grateful for the hospitality! We did two shows for wonderful audiences at outdoor amphitheaters in Ohio. Both shows provided very dramatic weather, as we watched big storm clouds gathering around us, and experiencing quantities of rain before and after, but having fine weather all during our performances. Between the Ohio shows we did six shows at the Celtic Fling Festival in Manheim, Pennsylvania. That was our fourth year at the Celtic Fling, and it was great to see friends in the musical world, especially Scottish singer, Ed Miller, and the band, Scythian. (We will be meeting up with Scythian again in Australia.)
The highlight of our trip was getting into Ontario, Canada where we were surrounded by great friends, incredible music, and exquisite nature. We first spent a few days with a wonderful family with whom we share a many common loves: music, literature, nature, good food, and late night conversations. Our children inherited the McCauley ability to stay up long into the night to talk and play music. I was concerned that we were exhausting our friends when we were all still up at two in the morning. I soon caught on that they too loved the late night hours.
The fun continued when we went on the Leahy camp where we had three days of bliss; more awesome music and dancing with the Leahys, Natalie MacMaster, and some of her band members, in the beautiful setting of Stony Lake. Sleep was again not a priority, and we were sad to say goodbye to everyone when it came time to quickly pack up our winter clothes to fly from Toronto to LA to Sydney, Australia. Our musical journey goes on as we begin our performances for World Youth Day in two days.