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Weekend away

We were away for the weekend, which is why I haven’t posted recently.

On Friday, we drove to Lancaster (PA), did some shopping at the outlets, and on Saturday and Sunday went to a Celtic Music Festival, The Celtic Fling at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.  This is our 3rd year going there.

Our favorite band this year was The Screaming Orphans, a of 4 sisters who are originally from County Donegal, Ireland.  You can definitely hear the influence of The Cranberries in several of their songs. Since it’s been a few years since their last album (they have another album coming out this Fall), I got the impression that they have “branched out” since then, as their shows had a mixture of Cranberry-esque, traditional Irish, and even a version of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton.

We ended up seeing 3 of their shows. Even Kevin (our 16 year old son) asked to go back to see them, which really surpised us, as he usually listens to the usual teen-favorite Hip Hop.  We did see them last year at the Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee), which is the end of the day show that has each performer at the Fling do one piece. We had planned on seeing their full show last year, but they were held up on the PA Turnpike, and were late, so we missed them.  You can hear samples of their last album here (on the left hand side of the page).

We also got to see Scythian, which is a perennial favorite. They are from the D.C. area, and play a WIDE variety of music, although it’s mostly Celtic Rock (I even heard them do a Flogging Molly tune at the Saturday night Ceilidh).

I have new pics up of the weekend on Flickr as well.

Both Patti (Jackie’s sister) and Kevin had such a good time, that they want to go back next year.

A word of warning to those who live near us and drive. Today is our son Kevin’s 16th birthday. He will soon get his learner’s permit, so WATCH OUT!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEVIN.

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