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A Very Fine Rendering Of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ For New Year’s 2019 By Dougie MacLean.

by Anura Guruge

The correct, and ONLY-WAY, to link arms — CROSSED — to
sing Auld Lang Syne for the New Year.

Many thanks to Reg Portieous, of ‘The Brigadoons‘,
for sharing this YouTube with me today.

Made my day — and I hope it makes yours too.

New Year’s Eve will not be New Year’s Eve without a proper rendering of ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ and this by Dougie MacLean is pretty damn impressive.

I, as you will find if you look around this blog, am a connoisseur and aficionado of ‘Auld Lang Syne‘. So, I was might please to hear this.

Happy New Year.

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by Anura Guruge

‘The Brigadoons’ ‘Live @ Loon’ 2018 Music CD.

by Anura Guruge

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My friend, Canadian music maestro Paddy Kelly of the famed “The Brigadoons” — my all time favorite Celtic group — sent me this CD in the mail today.

Wow. I was so excited and grateful.

I have, alas, only heard the “The Brigadoons” @ Loon — albeit 50 to 60 times over a 20-year period.

So ‘@ Loon’ is what I associate with “The Brigadoons”. I have heard them play multiple times at the “Governor’s Lodge“. I might have even been in the audience when this was recorded. Wow.

I just listened to a bit of it. Brilliant. Authentic sound. You can definitely get in the groove.

You will enjoy this.

I will forever think of this as THEIR ‘White CD’. The Beatles had a white album, this is their white CD — as meaningful.

Thank YOU, Paddy. You remain THE MAN. The MAESTRO.


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by Anura Guruge

“Jordan JW Trio”, Celtic With A Twist, Performing In Barnstead (NH), Saturday, July 14, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

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A short video I shot with my Sony a7 II.

The bagpipers that regaled us during the 10-minute intermission.

Again my video (as you, no doubt, cantell).

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Jordan JW Trio” were good, some of their vocal renditions exceptional and there were even some glimpses of brilliance. I was impressed and enjoyed their 110-minute performance — which included a few non-celtic numbers. They reminded me of ‘The Woods Tea Co’ (below) and when they played “The Wild Rover” they confirmed that I had been on the mark. Being compared to “Woods Tea” is not a bad thing. That, in my book, is quite an accolade. Yes, there were times that they brought to mind “The Brigadoons” — and that is not a bad thing either.

I think they can go far if they work on their vocal repertoire. Their reels and jigs are ‘OK’ but don’t set them apart. A large open field is never does sound systems any favors and that was the case with this concert. They probably sound even better in an enclosed hall.

During their 10-minute intermission, unannounced, four bagpipers turned up. That was a bonus and made my day. I hadn’t heard any pipes in awhile. Three of the pipers, in blue, were from a police pipe band from South Carolina. The leader of this group, in a green shirt, was an ex-Barnstead resident who lived in a house right on the edge of the green, They only played four tunes but that was good. I wish that the Trio had done at least one song with pipes. That would have been special.

But, all in all, a great evening in Barnstead. The rain stayed away and it was the usual amicable gathering with lots of kids and dogs and most of the kids have a ball.

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by Anura Guruge

The Paddy Kelly (Of ‘The Brigadoons’), Christmas CD (2016) — Blinking Brilliant!

by Anura Guruge

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The CD that I ordered, from Paddy, arrived today, in the mail.

I knew it would be good, but Paddy Kelly (yet again) managed to exceed to all expectations.

It is not just good, it is BLINKING BRILLIANT.

It is really Master Class.

I have, consistently, referred to Paddy as a Maestro and this CD affirms my belief.

He has such a rich, powerful and melodious voice. I think it is a Baritone but I am not good on that stuff.

All I know is that this CD is extremely conducive to the ear.

Love it.

You really need to get it.

And a Video

Oh Come All Ye Faithful” is my all time favorite Christmas song.

I am, per my own admission, quite the connoisseur when it comes to “Oh Come All Ye Faithful“.

If it isn’t good, I can tell.

And, let me please assure you that Paddy’s rendition is World Class.

So, I tried, MY BEST, to try and share it with you. Some caveats. I don’t like shooting videos. I rarely shoot video and this is THE FIRST video I have shot with this camera. So, please excuse all the limitations. I know I don’t do Paddy justice and I probably have exploited his copyright (but I know he will be cool with that).

Listen, watch, ENJOY. It is MUCH BETTER in ‘person’. This video is poor. Sorry.

YouTube Video

Order from his Website.

You can pay with PayPal, US $20.


Related Posts:
>> Paddy Kelly: An Introduction.
>> Paddy Kelly: East Hawkesbury Church.
>> Paddy Kelly: Ottawa Hogmanay 2015.

>> Paddy Kelly: The Maestro

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“Skerryvore” (From Scotland) The Headlining Performers At Loon’s 2016 “Highland Games”.

by Anura Guruge

The 2016 Scottish Highland Games
in Loon, New Hampshire

will be on Friday – Sunday,
September 16 – 18, 2016.


Yes, ALL the evergreens, viz. The Brigadoons, John Carmichael, Charlie Zahn and Albannach are back ALONG with the Glengarry Bhoys (from 2014 & before) and the Searsons. Click to access the official “NHScot” Website.


Click to access the “Skerryvore” official Website — with samples of their music.

The name “Skerryvore” comes from the name of a reef OFF the Scottish west coast island, Tiree, from which the original band hailed (in 2005).

Not as strident as Scottish groups of the past … but this could be the mellower sound. Easy on the ears. Looking forward to checking them out.

Here are 2 recent YouTubes of Skerryvore.


Tiree is highlighted in yellow. Skerryvore Reef is to the southwest of the island.

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“Gypsy Cafe”, Lincoln (Loon), N.H. — A Culinary & Visual Paradise Extraordinaire.

by Anura Guruge

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to access their nicely done Website.

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The artwork, decor and artifacts were so
appealing and compelling that I took 120 pictures
(with my Panasonic Lumix LX100).

Too many to display.
So I made a YouTube photo montage.

Definitely worth watching. Trust me on this (too).


Click to access YouTube video.

From now on forget going to Lincoln, New Hampshire (‘Loon‘ as many of us think of it (because of the mountain)) for its skiing, fall foliage, the ‘Highland Games‘, the ice castle, the train or just the ambience — though all of these are extremely good reasons for going there. Henceforth just think of going to Lincoln just so that you can have an extraordinary meal at the “Gypsy Café“.


What a place. Total sensory overload. Never ending treat for the eyes with unusual, but captivating art and food to die for. WOW!

I am easy to please when it comes to food and most art appeals to me. But I do know when I am in the presence of GREATNESS and am blessed with being able to appreciate it. And that was truly the case when we stumbled upon the “Gypsy Café” on Thursday after our day of (very fine) skiing at Loon. It was sheer serendipity.

When we left Loon around 3:30pm I was looking for a place to a hot lunch and glass of red wine. I wanted to go to the Lincoln Inn (one of my favorites) while Deanna and the kids wanted to go to the “Common Man” (since we had such a blast there in September when we went there with “The Brigadoons“). Drove to the “Common” since it was right there. Kitchen closed till 4pm. I wasn’t in the mood to hang around for 20 minutes — not even for Alex Ray. So I crawled along Main Street seeing what else was around. That is how we found it. Deanna had heard of it. I liked the name, the sign and the colors. As soon as we walked in we knew that we were going to have a blast. And we did.

It was the type of art and colors that we like. In some ways it reminded us of home! We too have a lot of suns, moons, elephants and color.

Deanna took one look at the menu and told me what I will be having. She was right. And it was OUTSTANDING. I am a sucker for lamb. Spicy lamb with two fried eggs on top. WOW! WOW! WOW! It was beyond delicious.

Sure it is NOT for everyone. IF you are strictly an Irish meat and potatoes person you might not like it. We, though Teischan was not as thrilled, liked everything we had. These 4 dishes — I can’t recommend any higher.



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The young lady who served us, with aplomb, had a degree in Sociology & Anthropology! High class joint to boot. I lucked out. I got to meet the two delightful owners, mother & son. Claire & Dan Duris. Dan is the chief chef and one of the resident artists — specializing in the ceramics and tiles.

What a place. We are going back.

Highest possible recommendation.

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