Celtfest 2018

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Interesting Location to busk… Naismith statue… one of my grade six/seven teachers, Mr. Naismith (of course), was related to Dr. Naismith, inventor of basketball.

 

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Ready to start…

 

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Decided to start with Tin Whistle. Look closely at this photo. 🙂

 

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It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

 

After busking for a couple of hours, headed to Gemmill Park and checked out the vendors there. Some cool stuff, indeed… photo to follow later. 🙂

 

 

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Headliner, Heather Rankin(!), during soundcheck before her show started, asked her piano player if she had her clothespins. Yes, she said, “clothespins”, which drew my attention here. Please refer back to earlier photo with “Look closely… :)” included in the caption. 🙂 Great minds 😉

 

Heather has put together a great songlist for this show. One of my favourites is this “throwback” from “The Rankin Family” Bells

 

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Great musician, charming performer. Lovely show!
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Cool stuff, see? 🙂
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This guy’s name is Liam, but he plays Tin Whistle like Tommy. 😀

Costume Design

If you check out my posts at The Magic Cafe down at the bottom of the forum in The Clothes We Wear, you’ll see I’ve been working on costume design for the new set/show that’s in development.  Got a few pics today. Here’s one:

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Bears are in…

The bears will be in.  I’ve gone back to researching beavers and there are lots of great connects.  I’ve been thinking bears, beavers, wolves, and moose- not necessarily in that order, though I think I will start with a Grizzly bear coin going into a change purse ie. hibernation. 🙂 Purse will remain in view “over the winter” 🙂 and a special reveal will be made later, in the Spring.  I have a nice prop to tie the bears in with beavers and now I’ll be able to use it.  My sister got me this great pen in Banff, years ago:

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I’m thinking of going with Roth’s “The Table” with Canadian nickels, as well.

Wolves have significant links to beavers, moose, and bears, so they’ll be a unifying feature of the set.  I might introduce elk, too.  I’ve got another medal from the Northwest Territorial Mint featuring elk that I think I’d like to use in a spellbound type bit in the set.  So presentation’s coming together,  I’ve settled on effects for the most part, and have been scouting methods.  I think I’m ready to start practicing.  I will be investing in a beautiful bear coin to join the rest of the bear props that will be featured.  I enjoy looking for beautiful coins and I found one.  The 2011 Year of Bear bimetal lira from Turkey. I’ll post a photo once I’ve acquired one of these coins.  Will be practicing with a substitute til then. It’s a coin that will be versatile, compatible with others I have that I won’t be using in this set. I like finding props that I’ll be able to bring in harmoniously with what I’ve already got.  That’s a design challenge, I suppose, and it’s one that I find very interesting.  There’s so much you can do.