Music, the Threads That Bind Us

On this 4th of July I am reminded of the importance of how folk music has shaped my world view - a lens to help me understand my celtic roots. My father gave me a guitar when I was thirteen and the first songs I learned were American folk and protest songs that were inspired… Continue reading Music, the Threads That Bind Us

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Music Link Scottish Islands

And now for something a bit different.  Here is a link to NPR Radio about Celtic Music from the Islands. Tomorrow I travel to Glasgow to meet with a small group tour by Labyrinthos through the Hebrides, Orkneys and Lochs.  Here is a preview through music. http://www.npr.org/2013/05/15/184190047/thistle-and-shamrock-miles-of-isles

Edinburgh Delights

Ah, at last.....Eldinburgh, or Leith to be more exact.  The docks area, Georgian architecture in flux.  But it feels so civilized in this little pub across the street from Wallace’s Arthouse where I am staying.  To top it off, a glass of whiskey from the Leith brewery called Balie Nicol Jarvie. The Eurostar train from… Continue reading Edinburgh Delights

Ireland, family, hospitality

Ireland, family, hospitality   Listen In 2002 I visited Ireland with a theater group.  Audio of recollections and more hints of Gillespie lineage and traits and customs that travel through the family one generation to the next even when you don't know your full story.