After tasting a bit of the atmosphere of the Céilí dance, I headed for a competition for the harp (slow air/Age:15-18 years old). Most competitors played other instruments, so competitors showed up basically anytime within the designated times and played the harp. After finishing playing, they tended to leave soon, which it seems let students feel less stress or burden when playing. Feeling relaxed, I enjoyed finding each persons’ different styles, sounds, tunes, the way they played and their expressions. In the end, I took a really comfortable nap in the competition venue while listening to the ‘live harp concert".
I moved to a museum theatre in Sligo city to listen to another competition, the fiddle (Age:15-18 years old). When I arrived at the venue, I found out that the previous fiddle competition (slow air/Age:15-18 years old) was behind time by an hour. The last competitor was playing. Literally, she was playing slowly and playing steady with some amazing techniques.
The young fiddlers conditioned very well for just several minutes in this special annual competition. I don’t think they practice only for that, but they must practice so much to shine this moment. It was such a brilliant time.
I could only listen to two students play because it took several minutes for one person to play three tunes, and I had to rush to a concert by Danú, the world-famous musicians. However, listening to their amazingly beautiful work satisfied me.
My first Fleadh felt like a good balance
between input and output, and a really pleasant experience.