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Devanee Singing With “The Brigadoons” — ‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015.

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Related posts:
>> ‘The Brigadoons’, 2015 — Part I.
>> ‘The Brigadoons’ — Unplugged
>> ‘The Brigadoons’, Loon, 2015.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015, 3:30 pm performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

This was not my doing though I was chuffed to bits. Denis Carr (in the black shirt) and Paddy Kelly (in the blue shirt) made this happen and we thank them (again) along with Ashley MacLeod, Danny Leroux (playing bass at the end in a black shirt) and Reg Portieous (in green) who were also extremely supportive. Thank YOU “The Brigadoons“.

Though she has been singing chorale for ‘Clearlakes Chorale’ for four years and Broadway chorus for the ‘Greatwaters Festive Chorus’ for two, this was Devanee’s (15 next month) first time in front of a mike and ‘up front’. Paddy and Denis, of course, helped her quite a bit — and you can see pictures below of Paddy patiently taking her through her ‘steps’ prior to the concert. In reality they started coaxing and coaching her on Friday night. Yes, we met with them socially, for the first time, that night. That is when the conversation turned to her doing a song with them.

That she sang with them is wholly appropriate. She has known “The Brigadoons” since September 2003, when she was two. That was her first ‘Games’ and she sat with me, in the front row of the ‘Performance Tent’, in her diapers — and she danced. After the show I took her over and introduced her to Jackie Smith. We might have seen ‘The Doons’ multiple times that weekend. In those days, prior to school, we used to go for the whole 3 days. So she has seen them for 11 years — we having missed two games in that time. She knows that “The Brigadoons” are my favorite, by far, performance at the Games and is willing to follow suit — just as she has done with my preference for British sports cars. She knows which way her bread should be buttered.

Over the last few years I have got to know Denis and Paddy outside of the Games. That has been an honor and privilege. That is how Friday evening came to be and Devanee singing with them followed, though that was never ‘on the agenda’ to begin with. We are all so glad and thankful. It was Paddy and Denis who worked out that the ‘River is wide’ would be a good song for her to join in. She listened to it on YouTube on Saturday. So that is the story. “The Brigadoons” will now be even more special to her and that makes me happy.

P.S. As you will hear on the YouTube video Devanee got a lot of support from the crowd in the pub that overlooks the stage at the Governor’s Lodge. That was cool.


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of the entire performance (shot by Mum on her Olympus).

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I took 989 pictures on Sunday at the ‘Games’ and I think this is my favorite. Love the expression on Denis’ face. Such a nice person. Salt of the Earth. We are so lucky.

Personal coaching, a few minutes ahead of concert start, by maestro (and good friend) Paddy Kelly.

A sister, Teischan (9), incredulous!


A photomontage of Devanee getting ready to sing (with Paddy Kelly’s help) and her actual performance.
51 photos made into a video and set to an instrumental of the ‘River is wide’.

You should definitely watch.

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Thank YOU AGAIN “The Brigadoons”.
We will remember this forever.

 

All the still pictures taken with my new Sony a77 Mk II.


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‘Red Hot Chilli Pipers’, Highland Games, Loon, 2015: Up Close — Part I.

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Related posts:
>> Red Hot Chilli Pipers‘, Loon, 2015.

>>The Brigadoons‘, 2015 — Part I.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015, NH Highland Games at Loon.

We are HUGE fans of the ‘Chillis’. We have seen them, in prior years at Loon, and at the fabulous (free) concert they did in Concord, NH, in February 2014. Great group. Very personable. Makes me ultra-proud that they are British and, moreover, from Glasgow. Glasgow is special to me. I use to go up to Greenock to celebrate Hogmanay. My friend Ian W.F. Williams was a pillar of Glasgow society and I have spoken, a number of times, at the ‘National Conference Centre’ in Glasgow — once doing a keynote presentation in front of 870 people.

The ‘Chillis’, as ever, did GREAT at the Games. Love their dynamic energy. So reminiscent of the ‘Seven Nations‘ — and I am no longer sure as to who will be more proud of that comparison, since the ‘Chillis’ are now quite famous in their own right — as is but right.

Just a few closeups to get us started. I have close to 100 pictures of THEM from Loon. So I will do a few batches. Enjoy.


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Thank YOU “The Red Hot Chilli Pipers”. You Were Great.

I plan to do at least 2 more photo sets of the ‘Chillis’.

Two things, please. Your sound engineer, on Sunday, BUTCHERED your sound! The sound was distorted and clipped. Not good. You guys were good enough to get away with it. But ditch this ‘engineer’ and get another one or use ‘Boston Sound Works’. How can I say this delicately. The ‘local’ (NY) vocal ‘talent’ wasn’t much of a catch on the stage. I am SURE she is very good, but not as a vocalist for YOU. So …. You guys can do better than that ON STAGE! SMILE. Grin. Come on. I remember the talent in Glasgow, if not Scotland. Keep it Scotish. 

All the pictures taken with my new Sony a77 Mk II.


‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015: “The Brigadoons” In All Their Glory.

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Related posts:
>> ‘The Brigadoons’ — Unplugged
>> ‘The Brigadoons’, Loon, 2015.
>> Red Hot Chilli Pipers‘, Loon, 2015.
>> ‘Stuart Highlanders’, Loon, 2015.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015, 10:30 am performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

The Brigadoons” it would appear are pathologically incapable of ever doing a sub-par performance (notwithstanding any or all indulgence in ‘tea bags’). As soon as Denis Carr, taps his foot, and hits a note, they are, as ever, off and running, happy to entertain and glad you are there. I worked out, over the weekend, that I have seen them at least 32 times, over a span of 17 years, and 15 ‘Games‘ at Loon. And as I recall I have loved every performance and can’t wait for the next. But sometimes when the stars are all perfectly aligned and Denis has had his tea some performances tend to be more foot-tapping and closer-to-the-heart than others. And that was the case with this Sunday morning gig. You would believe that they had done three performances the day before, including one in the evening. They knew it was a good one too. As Denis loves to say he likes to keep the group guessing as to what he is doing next. Spontaneity, as such, has become their stock-in-trade. That is grand. It is always fresh and as such lively.

I have to confess I took over 440 pictures of the ‘Doons’ on Sunday! The joys of digital cameras and the near inexhaustible space on a 64 GB memory card. So I am going to TRY and share some of these pictures with you in batches — thematically. OK?


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Danny Leroux

Reg Portieous

Ashley MacLeod

Paddy Kelly

Denis Carr


And an audience that adores them
(though one young fan has an obvious bias).





Thank YOU “The Brigadoons” for a real dandy set.

I plan to do at least 3 more photo sets.

TeaserDevanee (14), our soprano, sang with “The Brigadoons” during their 3:30pm set. And YES, I do have pictures and even a video. Did you think we would let that pass without documenting it? That is Devanee, next to Teischan (9) [in glasses], with the green, St. Patrick, hair.

All the pictures taken with my new Sony a77 Mk II.


Pope Francis Arriving At Andrews ‘Air’ Base (Met by Obama) & Staying At The Apostolic Nunciature In D.C.

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Apostolic Nunciature, D.C.

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>> Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — THE book.
>> ‘Vine Voice’ Amazon review of Pope Francis book.
>> Pope staying at Seminary as predicted in book.

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The book has a LOT to say about the Nunciature. Check it out.


Presidents have met prior popes at airports. Regan met John Paul II twice at airports in Alaska — when both of them were enroute, by plane.

George W. Bush welcomed Benedict XVI at Andrews on April 15, 2008.

Obama is emulating that though it is NOT the norm for a president to greet an arriving pope or Head of State at the airport.

List of the prior Pope-U.S. President meetings. It is FROM the book.

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