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If you read me on World Moms Blog, you’ll know that I have been fretting over Owl’s Canadian heritage of late.
Owl has… questionable musical taste.
He gets kudos for liking Forget You and Gangnam Style. However, he loses points for constantly requesting LMFAO and Bruno Mars songs.
You try and put on something tasteful like The Beatles or Barenaked Ladies and he says “No, no like it!”
It’s a problem.
So on St Patrick’s Day we decided to take him down to “CelticFest” downtown.
I was all excited for him to hear some read fiddle music and get exposed a bit to his Celtic heritage – my maiden name is Irish, after all.
But I had forgotten how terrible Vancouver is at approximating East Coast things. Even music, which you think would be fairly reproducible.
It looked good when we got there.
Of course the streets were full of people in green hats eating green popcorn, but there was a band on the stage with guitars and fiddles, and its name was “The Whiskey Dicks” which sounded promising.
But then we got close enough to hear the music.
Owl had a good time dancing, at least… in a marching stomp to the TOTALLY NOT CELTIC MUSIC.
I grew up singing Barra Macneils songs.
Our neighbour used to stand out in his backyard practising his bagpipe every afternoon.
When I was pregnant, I was obsessed with listening to Great Big Sea.
This music is important to me, and Vancouver can’t do it right EVEN IN A CELTIC FESTIVAL.
We decided to go to Tom Lee Music because there was supposed to be a sort of jam session with Mairi Rankin there. The problem was that it had started at 3, and by the time Owl woke up from his nap and we got down town, it was 4:30.
Happily, the people at front of house let us sneak in for half price, so we crept in for the last twenty minutes of the session.
Inside was a small group of people clapping and stamping their feet to real fiddle music – like a secret conclave of actual Irish/East Coasters, hiding from the Vancouver rabble in their shamrock hats while singing about colcannon and teaching each other Irish love songs.
Owl listened in fascination the whole time.
This morning, he took his two plastic hockey sticks and walked around rubbing them together telling me “I play fiddle, Mommy.”
THAT’S my boy.