Portal Irish Music Week 2015

Me and my new Irish tenor banjo.
Me and my new Irish tenor banjo.

It’s all over, including the crying. Record numbers of attendees were successfully housed, fed, and instructed. Hikes were had. Wild animals and rare artifacts were seen. Tunes were learned. Frustrations with the difficulties of learning as an adult were shared and ameliorated. The community enjoyed a stunning concert and showed their appreciation by taking home artist CDs and leaving generous tips.

I feel lucky to have had this idea and some how found the people to help execute in world class fashion. Thanks to Pete Strickler and Will Harmon, my co-founders, for the shared vision and easy working relationship. Thanks to Brian Conway, Marla Fibish, Matt Heaton, Shannon Heaton, and Colin Lindsay for their upbeat and rigorous teaching and commitment to our school. Thanks to the community of Portal for chairs, library and fire house meeting space, and concert attendance. The Portal Peak Lodge and Cafe crew did outstanding work feeding and housing us AGAIN. The staff are efficient and cheery and a well oiled machine.

Next year’s dates are set. There will be a next year. October 6 through 10, 2015. If you want more pictures check out the Portal Irish Music Week page and group on Facebook. Both are public and you do not have to be a member to see the photos. Here’s the LINK.

Matt Heaton and Marla Fibish
Matt Heaton and Marla Fibish
Spreading the good word on Cave Creek Canyon.
Spreading the good word on Cave Creek Canyon.
We took a hike to see newly discovered pictographs.
We took a hike to see newly discovered pictographs.
Pictograph
Pictograph
Cave Creek Canyon at sunset
Cave Creek Canyon at sunset
Erin, co-student in fiddle class.
Erin, co-student in fiddle class.
Paul, co-student in fiddle class.
Paul, co-student in fiddle class.
Colin Lindsay, fiddle class teacher.
Colin Lindsay, fiddle class teacher.
Chiricahua leopard frog pond.
Chiricahua leopard frog pond.
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4 thoughts on “Portal Irish Music Week 2015”

  1. Very nice. I looked at the FB page and watched Brian play his fiddle. I loved Marla bopping to the second tune, I was tapping my feet too.
    I have yet to see the rock art you saw.

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