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Haley Richardson
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Literary Explorations
Here I am, writing a blog post for the first time in months! Sorry about that. After a busy summer I'm finally getting back into the swing of things.  I started my freshman year of homeschool a couple of months ago. As you can probably tell by the fact that...

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My Summer Schedule-- music, music, and more music!
This summer I’ll spend many a late night into early morning playing music in good company.  I kicked off the summer with a lively weekend of music and celebration at the annual Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey. Competitors, adjudicators, volunt...

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Interview with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Soft dulcet tones, warm crackling fire, elderberry echinachea tea, and the fragrance of peat, transports me to a small town in Donegal where  Mairead  Ní Mhaonaigh lives--one of my favorite vocalists, a dear  friend, and role model in Irish music. I had the...

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Interview with Brian Conway
If the concept of Irish music isn’t foreign to you, then Brian Conway is no stranger. Growing up in New York, the Bronx to be exact, his family adored Irish music. He plays the Sligo style, made popular by the great Sligo-born fiddler, Michael Coleman. He i...

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Interview with Liz Carroll: Part Three
I've had loads of fun with this interview series. Sadly, this is the third and final part. However, I do hope you've had a great time learning all-things Liz. This post is all about albums. Enjoy! If you haven't yet read parts one and two, here they are: ht...

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Interview with Liz Carroll: Part Two
Welcome to part two of the interview series with Liz Carroll. We'll talk about Liz's tune compositions, how she comes up with her masterful melodies, and a few more tune-related topics. If you haven't already read Part One, here's the link!  http://tunefulj...

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Interview with Liz Carroll: Part Two
Welcome to part two of the interview series with Liz Carroll. We'll talk about Liz's tune compositions, how she comes up with her masterful melodies, and a few more tune-related topics. If you haven't already read Part One, here's the link!  http://tunefulj...

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Interview with Liz Carroll: Part One
Liz Carroll, a phenomenal Chicago born fiddle player, grew up immersed in Irish music. Her father, an accordion player, influenced her to start playing the accordion and whistle around the age of four. She learned fiddle from a nun at school named Sister Fr...

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Trip to Texas
Warm weather. Great food. Invitation to play music. Who could turn down an opportunity to go to Texas? Certainly not Dylan and me. Earlier this year, Dylan, mom, and I flew to Laredo, Texas for a gig. We played at the Rising Stars program at a school for ch...

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Adventures in Ireland
For my mom and me, competitions are always just an excuse to travel to Ireland. We always make the most of the trip by visiting friends and seeing sights. This year’s excuse was the Fiddler of Dooney in Sligo.  The first day consisted mainly of travel, and ...
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