Ireland

Surfing In Ireland

September 18, 2011, Posted in Ireland

Ireland has more variety in it's waves than anywhere in the world.  It's coast is full of nooks and crannies, slabs, points and beachies.  If the wind turns on at one spot, it's most likely gone off shore down the road at another.  The over abundance of surf may be the reason that Ireland is full of friendly surfers willing to share a few waves and more than happy to give you a tip off  to one of their little hidden gems.  With each session in Ireland comes a brief lesson in medieval history followed up with a pint of Guinness.  The points are lined with relics of castle walls and the nearest pub is only a stone's throw away.  Thanks to Mickey, Fergal, Colin, Irene, and crew for taking us surfing.

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The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

Achill Island Trad Session

September 10, 2011, Posted in Ireland

After leaving the Butler-Ritchie family, we drove south to Achill, a beautiful sleepy island with a thriving traditional music scene. One of the local musicians is Feile's brother. John took up the Uilleann Pipes when we was 16 and has since devoted his career to playing and making them. He allowed us to film his workshop and a proper trad session at their local pub.

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John's workshop is in an abandoned school house. Which, conveniently, has amazing acoustics.

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Just about every piece is hand made in his workshop, from leather straps to ebony chanter. A full set of pipes takes about 3 months to complete.

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

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The Uilleann pipe, the national pipe of Ireland, in a rough Irish translation means pipe of the elbows, named for its use of the elbows to pump air in rather than blowing like Scottland's bag pipe. Fun fact of the day: In Braveheart, bag pipes are shown but Uilleann pipes are what you hear on the soundtrack because the sound is less shrill. 

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland
Multi-tasking momma. One of our favorite things about Ireland is the family atmosphere at pubs. Baby in a bar? No problem!

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland
This set of pipes is from 1924 and is the model that John emulates with his own pipes. 

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland

The Goodwin Project - Iceland
Just like Mike said with his Live Vicariously post, the local pub really is where you will absorb the true Irish culture. No leprechauns or shamrocks just honest, open, friendly people who are all game for a laugh and a pint.