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Title: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on March 28, 2008, 12:06:47 AM
OK, here comes another late night review. Emphasis will be on the Mairead aspects but I'll touch on the other parts too.

    I arrived two days ago and have spent a fair amount of time with local forum member CC and his lovely wife.  They are a delightful couple about my age and were so kind in their carting me around. Thanks to both of them.

    The three of us plus CWF member bookworm and her dad and Billy/logalogalog were at the concert representing the forum(s). We had front row seats and we were right in the center about 10-12' from the stage.

     after a Chinese dinner across the street it was off to the concert. i picked up the new black t-shirt with the girls on the front and the spring concert sites on the back. I also picked up Lynn's new CD. then to the concert seats. as usual I promoted this group and especially Mairead to everyone i met this week and at the concert.

       The lights dim and the smoke rises and there she is, that Angel with a fiddle. I can never get over her beauty in white. Like she stepped out of another world. The entire night was surreal. All of the ladies were very good as always. The crowd was I thought rather subdued but warmed up gradually.

       Mairead was back in full form judging from her leaps and prances. She recieved standing ovations from us and many others for many of her pieces. I'm not sure how many as I didn't look back. She was hooting and yelping most of the night and having a great time.

      The concert was over all too soon and then it was off to the meet & greet. Who would it be? I had photos to have personalized by both Orla and Mairead so prayed it would be them. Prayer answered, it was indeed Orla and Mairead! Wow!!! I had brought framed poems that had been done up lovely with photos/graphics by our own Celtic_Fiddler. I gave Orla one entitled "Rachel o'Connell's harp", Joanne one for Scott & Lisa entitled "Child of Kelly', and one for Mairead entitled "Fiddlers of Tipperary". They were all well recieved. I also gave Joanne a Ruby pendant from my inventory, and Rachel a pair of Clear cubic zirconia earrings. Mairead also wound up with one of the Maireadium bumper stickers/placards.

       On forum business I asked if all was good with the forum for her and she said yes and that her site master was very impressed with us. I asked how her back was and she said it was pretty much recovered and she thanked all for their prayers. The stunned feeling wasn't there this time and it felt less overwhelming. Both Mairead and Orla were delightful and we parted company all too soon. Weather had been crummy today and I'm sure they were focused on getting down the road to St. Louis.

        The front row was great and all went off without a hitch. the meet & greet was a great blessing to have met our fiddler again. CC's wife got a hug so she gave me one later to transfer some of the pixie dust. Another great time and we'll see if it brings any inspirations. Next stop, Duluth April 8th, another front row with meet & greet. A third meeting? God willing.       


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Capn Davey on March 28, 2008, 02:37:56 AM
WOW Scott,

I'm Glad you had a Great Time!!! I'm very happy Mairead is doing much better! somehow I knew you would meet her again last night don't ask me how I know this Its a feeling I had .like a lot thing's that have happened over the past 6 months.I'm happy you met Orla she is very nice I did speak to her briefly last Halloween. I'm not sure if I will see any more shows this tour I would like to but ill have to see if I can work things out so it can happen.Scott I'm very happy about the nice things she said about what we all are doing. like the nice things Rachel said to us after the show last Thursday night. and what i have heard many times from Amy! if I had a chance to relive the past year I wouldn't change a thing. also I'm glad you met CC, Billy and other forum members as well got to go time to drive up I95.

Dave


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: MrPeabody on March 28, 2008, 06:29:45 AM
It's so great that you got to meet Máiréad again; clearly someone upstairs wants to reward you for your efforts here.  I'm relieved to hear that she is healthy again and I hope she stays that way.  It's been almost a week since I saw them last and it's great to read others' reviews.  I'm planning a DVD marathon on the big screen this weekend but it won't be the same.  I can't wait for August.  Why does time go so slowly when you want it to go quickly, and go so quickly when you want it to slow down?


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Artist1 on March 28, 2008, 06:48:08 AM
I just can't take it anymore Scott did either say anything about the portraits, sorry I'm just so jealous you got to see both Mairead and Orlagh, I hope Mairead has gotten a look at her new painting.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: celtic_fiddler on March 28, 2008, 08:58:01 AM
That's wonderful!!!!!  I'm so glad you got to meet Mairead again and Orlagh too!  ;D  Sounds like another amazing evening and memories to last a lifetime.  :) 1)


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on March 28, 2008, 10:39:43 AM
I just KNEW you'd meet Máiréad again..I could just feel it! CONGRATS!!!!! So glad that you could speak with her again, and Orla too!!! It sounds like it was amazing and the ladies sure did get a lot of great stuff from you, hehe!

Such a great review!! Máiréad is clearly the coolest person ever.  ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Swift on March 28, 2008, 10:43:27 AM
Fancy sharing any of that freakish good luck with the rest of us? Seriously mate, so glad you got to chat with Máiréad again, and that she's feeling better. Personally, I don't know how you do it, I've met some very talented people and kept it together but I'm STILL too shy to sign her guestbook or leave a post in the "messages" section here! Two strikes so far, you're on a perfect game ...

They DID get a lot of stuff by the sounds of it - every M & G must feel like Christmas morning to them!


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Scott on March 28, 2008, 10:48:38 AM

Great review, and congrats on meeting Mairead again.... she is a lot of fun, in person.  :)





Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on March 28, 2008, 02:08:59 PM
Thank you all! It was indeed a great night and I feel so blessed to have met Mairead again. She seemed to like her gifts as did the others. Joanne commented that today must be her lucky day because CC gave her a gift too in the form of a box of girl scout thin mint cookies. You can only get that in the U.S..
    On a follow up, I'm operating on zero sleep after postng last night. My bus from Rockford to O'Hare left at 0330 and so just cat naps on the bus and flights. I found that my scheduled flight was delayed two hours and I would misconnect in Houston and have a 12 hour layover. The ticket agent put me on standby for a flight leaving in half an hour. I had been cleared by the time I reached the gate. The nice folks at Continental put me in first class! It felt like the old days when I was in the industry. I actually worked for Continental at LAX from 1985-7. I even hooked up with the earlier flight to Albuquerque.
    So, I bowled well (will cash in singles and doubles averaging 205), Had a great concert, met some great forum folks, met Mairead again at the meet & greet, and had good travel experiences. Grand slam out of the ballpark!
     Thank you all again for your prayers and support. 


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Capn Davey on March 28, 2008, 03:26:16 PM
Scott
I know how you feel after Wilkes Barre I got 2 hours sleep the long ride home was great. it only took a little over 2 hours to get home 197 miles not bad.but like you I began to post at 2 am while things were still fresh in my mind.I even went to work the next day that was not fun! have a safe trip home,

Dave


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Starman on March 28, 2008, 05:42:20 PM
   Hopefully, Scott, you will have had some rest by the time you read this. We appreciate ever so much your prompt posting to those of us waiting on the edge of our seats for your news!  We know without a doubt that we were well-represented by you and those with you.  Now if we can just convince Mairead that we are all as nice as you....... ;)


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on March 28, 2008, 07:14:06 PM
Starman, she looks in as do her people and they know that everyone here is nice. I'm convinced that anyone from the enchanted forest could represent us equally well. She needs no convincing if she reads what you and others post and she does. The only thing I want to do is earn her trust enough that she'll feel comfortable posting links to us in her website, mention us in her newsletter, and perhaps post every now and then when she has the time. Those things would be rewards to all here for their sincere and caring efforts. I'm glad that folks look forward to anything I write and thank you for your kindness.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: mpdallen on March 28, 2008, 07:49:41 PM
Moscapote,
The luck of the Irish is surely with you in seeing these beautiful Ladies in the Show, meeting Orla and Mairead again at the meet and Greet, and then in your travel connections, getting to go first class. It couldn`t happen to anyone more deserving.

Scott, I am so happy for you that you got to meet Mairead again. I got to meet Orla and Mairead again in Nashville and they were the Ladies I so wanted to be at that Meet and Greet. They are everything you would want them to be.

I know from knowing about you that all of those Ladies, yes Rachel and Joanne too, were surprised with your gifts. Orla, Mairead, Rachel and Joanne all deserve anything we can do for them, for in their own special way, they do so much for us.

Scott, keep these welcome reports coming; and with the great job everyone here is doing in keeping this forum something Mairead, and all can be proud of, that will make all of us happy.

Jim


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Celtic Fiddle Chick on March 28, 2008, 07:55:03 PM
Great review Scott, and you are so lucky to have met Mairead again. I do hope that she shows in Duluth so that I may have a chance to meet her in all her wonderful glory.

Hope you are all rested up for the trip to Duluth in 2 weeks. See you there.

Destiny


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on March 28, 2008, 08:39:41 PM
Thank you both. Yes, meeting Mairead once let alone twice just energizes me and spurs more creative efforts. All it takes is one look from thsoe amazing green eyes and a flash of her beautiful smile. Odo's bucket is always nearby. I'm very excited about Duluth and will be bringing more goodies for forum members and the ladies. I won't have come down from Rockford yet.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Ralph on March 30, 2008, 10:03:51 AM
Moscapoet,

I am so glad you got to see Mairead @ the M&G.  I am a relatively new fan, so M&G is also new to me; I only hope I can meet her before CW stops touring.  I can't imagine meeting her in person, since just seeing her live in concert is a huge rush in itself.  I believe Mairead is an Angel sent to heal!

Ralph


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on March 30, 2008, 11:19:15 AM
I can't imagine meeting her in person, since just seeing her live in concert is a huge rush in itself.


I was just thinking about this yesterday. When I saw them in concert, just seeing Máiréad there on the stage so very close made my adrenaline rush like crazy, so I can't even imagine actually meeting her and speaking to her! It makes me nervous just thinking about it! I still want to meet her regardless, though, lol.  :D It was so surreal just seeing her play on stage, like an out-of-body experience! At the end of the show I was still thinking to myself, "I can't believe this is real..they're ACTUALLY in front of me.." Almost a month later and I'm still in a state of shock!! LOL!!  :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Ralph on March 30, 2008, 11:47:24 AM
Emily,

It is something that is hard to describe...surreal is about right.  The wonderful thing about this forum is that Mairead can see first hand her positive impact on her audience; and also serve to encourage those who have not attended a concert to do so. I attended the concert at University Park last fall, and Wilkes-Barre on March 20TH.  I could feel the  energy the moment Mairead raised that bow to start the show!


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on March 30, 2008, 01:51:49 PM
Ralph and Emily you have both experienced being doused with pixie dust and now have the glow of Maireadium about you. She really does create an excitement from her very presence. To see her up close during the concert is just mesmerizing and you can't help but come away totally enchanted. I hope that you both get to meet her in person. She is warm and genuine and incredibly beautiful. That beauty comes from the inside out and she is so appreciative of the slightest gesture or comment. You will not be disappointed in even a couple of minutes with her. I can't even fathom spending a lifetime with her but pray about it every night. All things are possible with God. He has truly blessed us all with the gift of Mairead. 


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Ralph on March 30, 2008, 06:29:31 PM
Moscapoet,


Pixie dust would explain a lot.  Just an observation about the crowds at both concerts:  I had no problem having several wonderful conversations with total strangers.  The crowds in general were courteous and polite. I had not one  contact with anyone rude.  Now granted that CW would tend to draw nice crowds; but we all have bad days....somehow that pixie dust and Mairead's stage presence bring out the best in all of us.  I too have strong faith in God,  and will include Mairead, CW, and all in the forum in my prayers.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on March 30, 2008, 06:50:19 PM
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The crowds in general were courteous and polite. I had not one  contact with anyone rude.

I had the same experience, for the most part. Jacksonville was a lot of older people, though, or at least that's what it seemed like in the first 7 rows. I don't know if that has a lot to do with it. There was one elderly lady who I overheard during intermission saying she hated all of the lights and smoke. I think she was just a bit cantankerous though. ;) Everyone seemed nice, although I think perhaps the guy next to me was annoyed with my enthusiasm, as during intermission he goes, "So, um, I take it you're having a good time?" with this annoyed tone of voice and kind of an odd look on his face. I really wasn't being obnoxious at all and was very conscious of the fact that there were people around me, especially since we were SO CLOSE (ugh, uncomfortable). But hey, it was my first CW concert, I was sure as heck not about to sit there completely still looking bored the entire time!!!!!

When he asked me that, I just smiled and said, "I sure am, sir!"  ::)

It ended up being okay in the end though, as I struck up a conversation with him and his wife (they were an older couple) and talked to them about Alex. They had heard "something about somebody being pregnant" but didn't know the details. I filled them in. They also really seemed to love Máiréad, so we chatted about her too of course. :)


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on March 30, 2008, 06:53:09 PM
You're right Ralph, these ladies attract a better class of fan, and Mairead could tame the wildest beast with her fiddle. I also talk with everyone I meet when I go to these concerts about Mairead and the ensemble. I think they radiate a very strong faith without ever speaking of it. They're in my prayers every night with some added ones about and for Mairead. Glad to have you here in the enchanted forest Ralph.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Capn Davey on March 30, 2008, 07:08:07 PM
Scott

This is true I have met many fine people from the forums and other fans as well over the past year. most of them are very smart people and that's the kind of fans CW has not the rowdy crowds other artist have following them....  well just my thoughts


Dave


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Ralph on March 30, 2008, 07:21:27 PM
Thank you Moscapoet, I am honored to be here.  Just a note to Emily: just from your posts, I can't imagine you were obnoxious.  Remember, Mairead plays her heart out for us to have a good time, it is ok to enjoy the show.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on March 30, 2008, 08:15:08 PM
Remember, Mairead plays her heart out for us to have a good time, it is ok to enjoy the show.

That's so true. I love when the ladies know that the audience is into it, and I think they should know how much we appreciate their performances!! ;D

What I'd really like is to be at a concert with a bunch of forum folks around. Now THAT would be a blast! Talk about not being afraid to have fun!


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Ralph on March 30, 2008, 09:02:12 PM
Agreed!  Like Moscapoet says:"All things are possible with God".


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: celtic_fiddler on March 30, 2008, 09:33:29 PM
Everyone seemed nice, although I think perhaps the guy next to me was annoyed with my enthusiasm, as during intermission he goes, "So, um, I take it you're having a good time?" with this annoyed tone of voice and kind of an odd look on his face.

Don't pay any attention to that old putz.  ::)  You just have a good time, stomp your feet, hoot, holler and enjoy the show!!  You paid for your tickets and why go if you don't want to have a good time!!  :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on March 30, 2008, 09:49:33 PM
Everyone seemed nice, although I think perhaps the guy next to me was annoyed with my enthusiasm, as during intermission he goes, "So, um, I take it you're having a good time?" with this annoyed tone of voice and kind of an odd look on his face.

Don't pay any attention to that old putz.  ::)  You just have a good time, stomp your feet, hoot, holler and enjoy the show!!  You paid for your tickets and why go if you don't want to have a good time!!  :D

Exactly!! I had already decided that I was going to have a blast and wasn't going to allow any "sleepy" audience members ruin my night! He definitely didn't stop me.  ::)


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on March 31, 2008, 02:43:10 PM
My first dose of a concert with a large number of forum folks will be in Toledo on 4/11 where there will be over 30 of them. We're in a block of seats to stage right about 7-8 rows back. Before that I'll be in Duluth with about 7 others. Thanks to Kelli that is a front row with another M & G. Rockford was my first taste of that front row thing. Yum!


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: CC on April 04, 2008, 01:04:24 PM
Hi, everybody. Before I go on, let me offer 2 apologies. First, for being absent from this discussion for so long. Second, for the fact that I have also posted the portion of this message that is below the quote to Moscapoet's review thread on the Celtic Woman forum, with only a few minor changes. I had all of you here foremost in mind as I wrote it, but I wanted to also share it with those who enjoyed his review in that forum. I hope you don't mind.

I arrived two days ago and have spent a fair amount of time with local forum member CC and his lovely wife.  They are a delightful couple about my age and were so kind in their carting me around. Thanks to both of them.

Moscapoet, you are more than welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting the chance to know you. Our time was filled with conversation and stories. We talked about everything from Lisa's family to Reba McEntire (notice how perfectly Mairead fills the middle alphabetically), and I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it. My wife did, too. Sharing this concert with you was great fun and I hope that next time won't be too far in the future. It was terrific having bookworm and logalogalog from the CW forum there, too. I'm only sorry that there was such a gap between our seats and theirs. I would have put them right beside us if I could.

Well, folks, I know that I'm more than a little bit behind the curve here, but there are a couple of things I've been anxious to add to this concert discussion and this is the first time I've had a chance to sit down and write it all out. As it turns out, this was the perfect night to do it, but I'll tell you about that later. For now, let me just apologize to you all, and Moscapoet in particular, for coming so late to the party -- and get right to the fun stuff.

As Moscapoet told you, the weather turned lousy on concert day -- cold, gray, and misty or drizzling nearly all day, with fits of snow thrown in for good measure. When we got to the MetroCentre, though, we had an incredible stroke of luck. Most of the street parking around the venue is restricted during events and you have to park in the adjacent parking garage, but we decided to take a look around first and wound up stumbling upon a vacant street space directly across from the box office/main entrance! From there, it was only about a 100-foot walk back to the Happy Wok where we ate. The food was good and the company exceptional, but the best thing about it may have been the view of the Celtic Woman buses right across the street!

It was there, as the clock ticked down and our shared excitement mounted, that Moscapoet opened his bag and produced gifts of flashing, lighted magnetic-clasp pins for us to wear during the concert. Thank you for your generosity, Moscapoet. I know you called them 'trinkets', but the thought behind them was the real gift. My wife and I both wore our new pins that evening, but being a bit conservative as we are, we just turned them on during the high energy, fun songs like "At the Ceili" and then turned them back off during softer, more somber numbers like "Carrickfergus". Before we headed across the street to the venue, Moscapoet reached into his bag once more and presented my wife with a special gift, which she greatly appreciated.

After meeting the delightful bookworm and father by the merchandise table, we worked our way down to find our wonderful front row seats -- a first for all of us, I think! Once I got past the initial excitement over our good fortune, I got a chance to take a good look at the 'flooring' beneath us. The MetroCentre is also the home of the local hockey team, which just happened to have a game scheduled there the following night. So, we spent the evening on an ice rink covered with about an inch of insulating flooring panels. If you looked closely, you could see the ice beneath through small gaps at the corners. Sorta fun, actually, and not a bit cold, as far as I noticed.

Moscapoet has already reviewed the fabulous concert, so I won't say anything to blur the wonderful images he has created for you. As a first-timer at front row, center, though, I found that there were a couple of truly magical differences from all of our previous concerts. The first revealed itself at the very start of the show, as the thick, heavy mist of mysterious fog rolled silently across the stage. As it flowed over the front edge of the stage and down to the floor, it reached out as if alive and embraced us, gently drawing us in as the sweet sound of Mairead's fiddle filled the electrified air. Oh, man. What an incredible feeling!

Then, as Mairead moved slowly toward the front of the stage, it suddenly became clear just how extraordinary this night would really be. As she drew near, her features grew sharper and more distinct until I could clearly see the sparkling, dancing fire in her eyes and every individual strand in the cascade of her beautiful golden hair. Oh, those amazing seats!! PBS, YOU ARE MY NEW HERO!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! For the rest of the night, you could always tell exactly where the ladies were looking. I was even able to connect with members of the chorus, something I could never do before. It was so great!

I didn't have to wait long for the next wonderful surprise of the night, as I heard -- really heard -- Chloe's voice for the first time!! And then, Orla's! I know I sound like a nut here, because we've all heard those beautiful voices so many times. But, for the first time ever, they weren't coming just from the speakers. I could actually hear them singing! What a joy!!

I have to offer up a special thanks here to Moscapoet. He was kind enough to lend a "Powered by Maireadium" placard to me and one to my wife for the evening. That little green sign got me my first quick smile from Mairead, and I greatly appreciate it.

Much too soon, it was over, and we were left on our feet, waving and applauding until the last of the band members had left the stage. The Meet & Greet, though, and the final surprise of the night, were yet to come.

Because I'm so tardy in sharing these incredible experiences with you -- and because this post is already long enough for a two-act play -- I'll stop here for now. If I haven't waited too long, and if anyone is interested, I'll gladly post my thoughts on the M&G here tonight or tomorrow.

Oh ... almost forgot. I said I'd tell you why this was the perfect night to write about this (I'm posting this in mid-day, but I wrote it in the wee hours of last night.) Well, first of all, it was Thursday night -- exactly one week after the show. And second, when I went outside just before starting this, to put out the recyclables and such for Friday's collection ... it was snowing again. As the cold breeze brushed my skin and the snowflakes came to rest on my head and shoulders, the memories of the concert came flooding back. So, I relive the memories and you pay the price. Is this a great country, or what?


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Swift on April 04, 2008, 02:10:52 PM
Because I'm so tardy in sharing these incredible experiences with you -- and because this post is already long enough for a two-act play -- I'll stop here for now. If I haven't waited too long, and if anyone is interested, I'll gladly post my thoughts on the M&G here tonight or tomorrow.

Sure, if you want to, y'know...oh what the heck:

PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT!!!  :D

Always a pleasure to hear about these things, especially for those of us unable to attend the shows!

Great post


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: celtic_fiddler on April 04, 2008, 02:31:48 PM
Because I'm so tardy in sharing these incredible experiences with you -- and because this post is already long enough for a two-act play -- I'll stop here for now. If I haven't waited too long, and if anyone is interested, I'll gladly post my thoughts on the M&G here tonight or tomorrow.

Sure, if you want to, y'know...oh what the heck:

PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT!!!  :D

Always a pleasure to hear about these things, especially for those of us unable to attend the shows!

Great post

I agree...please do post about it!!  We love to hear all the different views and perspectives!!  It's part of what keeps us all going!  :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on April 04, 2008, 02:37:45 PM
Ahhhhh CC you are indeed a gifted wordsmith. Thank you for your kind words and marvelous perspectives from a very special night. We shared our first front row experience and I could not have asked for a better forum friend to share that with. I think we both were getting into the percussion too and the folks behind us thought we were probably acting like teenagers. Yeah, well, how can you not feel youthful and energized by that marvelous ensemble. Also, I just love your description of the start of the concert and Mairead. How lovely a vision that creates. I found myself reliving those moments in your words.
      I want to mention something else that happened at this concert. I had made up my mind that at my first front row concert I would do something special. The song "You raise me up" is a very emotional song for me. It is symbolic of all that has happened in the past year and of what this ensemble has done in me as instruments in God's hands. So, when the third verse of YRMU came along and the whole cast began to sing, I stood up and raised my arms in a motion that I hoped would encourage others to stand with me. As far as I know only CC and his wife did so. I then sang along and it was marvelous. Again, folks may have thought I was a bit off my bean, but frankly I didn't care. I love these people, I love Mairead with every fiber of my being, and love The Lord. It's as simple as that. I won't get up and do the wave with "Orinoco flow", but I will stand up for The Lord and His instruments.

        Thanks CC for that great review. I look forward to part two.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on April 04, 2008, 02:46:41 PM
Because I'm so tardy in sharing these incredible experiences with you -- and because this post is already long enough for a two-act play -- I'll stop here for now. If I haven't waited too long, and if anyone is interested, I'll gladly post my thoughts on the M&G here tonight or tomorrow.

Sure, if you want to, y'know...oh what the heck:

PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT PLEASE DO IT!!!  :D

Always a pleasure to hear about these things, especially for those of us unable to attend the shows!

Great post

I agree...please do post about it!!  We love to hear all the different views and perspectives!!  It's part of what keeps us all going!  :D

And I also agree! The Meet & Greet reviews are pretty much my favorite thing ever, and it's always nice to hear people's thoughts and perspectives. Definitely post!  ;D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Starman on April 04, 2008, 06:24:21 PM
... I won't get up and do the wave with "Orinoco flow"..


    Neither should I have attempted it!  At the April 2 Louisville concert I was on the front row directly in front of Orla when they performed that number.  Nobody else but me (that I could see) attempted "the wave".  Orla looked at me and laughed and I mouthed to her "I can't do it!"   :D  I needn't have said it, as that was obvious!!  :D   I wouldn't trade the memory of it for anything though!   ;D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on April 04, 2008, 06:27:03 PM
... I won't get up and do the wave with "Orinoco flow"..


    Neither should I have attempted it!  At the April 2 Louisville concert I was on the front row directly in front of Orla when they performed that number.  Nobody else but me (that I could see) attempted "the wave".  Orla looked at me and laughed and I mouthed to her "I can't do it!"   :D  I needn't have said it, as that was obvious!!  :D   I wouldn't trade the memory of it for anything though!   ;D

LOL!!! If I'm ever in the front row and they've still got Orinoco Flow on the set list, I'm FOR SURRREEE attempting the wave. I would have attempted it in Jacksonville but there was barely any room to breathe much less try the wave, lol.  ::) :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: CC on April 05, 2008, 02:08:28 AM
Omigosh! You all are so great!! Where do I begin?

Oh, yeah. I remember ... with Swift.

I want you to know, Swift, that I have decided to go ahead and post again, anyway, despite your distressing lack of encouragement.   ;D

Thanks so much to each of you for being so nice. It makes me wish I had more than a few meager ramblings about the M&G to give you in return.

Emily, do I detect a tiny Ellie there, just beneath your banner? Cool.

Before I get to those memories of the M&G, and while I'm doing my very best to keep an image of starman doing the Orinoco Wave from forming in my head, let me take just a minute to say "Thank you" to Moscapoet. You are far too kind, my friend, but I'm glad that I could help you relive a few of the special moments from that incredible concert. That, in itself, is the best compliment I could receive. I see by the calendar that it is almost time for you to travel again. I wish we could join you in Duluth, but I'll be in good company here in the forum as we all wait for your next review.

OK, then. For what they're worth, here are the memories and impressions that I committed to magnetic particles last night. I'm very pleased to share them with you and hope that you will enjoy them.  Oh, and ... Moscapoet ... funny you should mention the percussion. Hold that thought.

The Meet & Greet after the show was a first for myself and my wife. It helped a lot that Moscapoet's description of his first M&G a few weeks earlier in Birmingham gave us a frame of reference for what to expect. And, we were thrilled to learn that we would be meeting Mairead and Orla! Still, we had no clue what it was really going to be like to talk to them for the first time, after 2 years of being big-time Celtic Woman fans.

We needn't have wondered. We already knew that these ladies are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside, but it is still an absolute wonder to feel how quickly they put you at ease when you meet them. For those few fleeting moments, they make you the only person in their world. It's an amazing time.

I won't try to recount every detail of those all-too-brief moments, but I really want to tell you about 3 particular things that will stick in my mind long after most of the memories have faded.

The first is the wonderful responses to the small gifts we had for them. Each of them accepted the gifts with smiles that looked for all the world like a child at Christmas, took the time to examine them closely as they continually found special things to say about them, then extended their gentle hands once again and thanked us over and over, as if we had just given them the greatest gift in the world. There was nothing forced or insincere about their reactions -- I don't think these wonderful people could be insincere if they tried. They were nothing but warm and genuine. If I hadn't already thought the world of both of them, that would have done it.

The second was the last thing that Mairead said to me. We had brought along the inserts from several of our CDs in the hope that they would sign them for us. One of those inserts was from Mairead's "raining up" CD. With all the general chatting and the giving of our little gifts, she didn't get the chance to sign it until my time with her was over and I moved along to meet Orla. When she finished and passed the signed insert down the table, she looked up at me and thanked us -- for buying her CD! Can you imagine?

The third came after I had used up all my priceless time with Orla and was waiting nearby as my wife talked with her. I didn't really hear most of the conversation, but it was clear as a bell when, out of the blue, Orla complimented her on the beauty of our wedding rings. I was so amazed and impressed. People we have known and associated with for years have never noticed our rings, but Orla did it in about 30 seconds, right in the middle of a busy Meet & Greet. What a special lady.

My wife was lucky enough to get hugs from both Mairead and Orla. I would love to tell you about that, but unfortunately, I was facing the other way each time and never saw a thing. Rats.

More than once while I was talking with her, Orla told me that I looked like I was having a lot of fun during the concert (Translation: "Oh, yes -- I remember you. You're the character who was bouncing and swaying in your seat so much that the people around you were getting seasick, pounding your fists on your legs as if they were a pair of Ray's or Nicky's drums, grinning from ear-to-ear like a Cheshire cat for two and a half hours straight, and clapping so hard that your hands were beginning to swell up like boxing gloves, right?"). Yep! That was me -- and I had the bruised legs, cramping facial muscles, and throbbing hands to prove it! See, everybody ... it's not hard at all to get them to notice you.

If you've not yet had the precious opportunity to meet and talk with our favorite ladies, and you're wondering if it's possible that you'll come off looking like a babbling idiot when you do, well ... the bad news is, yes, it's possible. I managed it. But don't worry about it. Because the good news is that they are so sweet and warm and caring that they will make you feel like you're the most special person in the room and they are there just to meet you. You'll still feel like a babbling idiot, of course, but you'll get over it.

The finishing touch for the evening came when we walked ... I mean, floated ... out of the building to head home. That's when we discovered that, besides a shorter walk, we also had something else that those folks who parked in the event parking garage didn't have -- about half an inch of snow and ice to scrape off of the car! ... Oh, yeah ... and one door that had frozen shut (That's why I like sedans -- there were 3 more that still worked). It didn't matter in the least to us, of course, but we felt so bad for the ladies and the tour group! Their first trip to Rockford, and we try to freeze them to death. We're sorry!!   Chloe...?   Ray... ?   Des ... ?  Please come back again! We'll try not to snow on you next time! We promise!!


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Skypilot on April 05, 2008, 04:14:26 AM
Hi Guys, Ive been out of the forum for a few days, thank you everyone for your show reviews, they were excellent, you may not know it but your reviews are very appreciated by those of us who live in other countries where Celtic Woman do not travel,.........are we envious!!..well lets just say if we had your picture, you would be on our dart board.............but keep them coming, one day it will be our turn to write about the review from Downunder.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on April 05, 2008, 10:31:15 AM
Emily, do I detect a tiny Ellie there, just beneath your banner? Cool.

:D Well, 3/5/08 was the date of the Jacksonville concert, my very first CW show, so that's what I was referring to there as I will NEVER forget it, but I suppose it could work for Ellie too seeing as how she was born on the same day!  :D :D In fact, Ellie is a month old TODAY! But it's also been one month since I saw CW.  :'(

I looooooooooooved your M&G review. I love hearing about those even though it makes me terribly envious!  :D I'm glad to know that the girls are really nice and easy to talk too. I'm always afraid that if I end up at a M&G in the future I'll be so shy that I won't know what to say! It sounds amazing though and I'm glad they enjoyed their gifts! Every time I read something from a M&G I'm always so astounded at how much these girls really do seem to appreciate their fans. That's so great. And your wife got a hug from both Máiréad and Orlagh! Musta been her lucky day!  ;D

Thank you for the review CC!!!!


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Swift on April 05, 2008, 12:05:50 PM
Aw sweet, cheers CC! You're a brave man - I'm still too shy to leave a message in the guestbook on the Máiréad Nesbitt website or the messages section on this forum, can you imagine the state of me if I went to a M & G?

"Er, hi...I'm - not that it matters - Swift...and, erm...God help me."  :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: MrPeabody on April 05, 2008, 12:17:51 PM
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"Er, hi...I'm - not that it matters - Swift...and, erm...God help me."

That's more coherent than I would probably be!


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on April 05, 2008, 12:50:46 PM
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"Er, hi...I'm - not that it matters - Swift...and, erm...God help me."

That's more coherent than I would probably be!

Me too!  :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Starman on April 05, 2008, 04:50:07 PM
  LOL!!  ;D  As I've said before, the girls have done enough of these M & Gs to know to discount the first few words out of a fan's mouth as having been uttered in a state of shock!   ;D    As for Mairead's Guest book, I'm not sure I am one to advise: in my last post to her just before the tour started, I cautioned her not to forget her fiddle, or else she would have to use a rubber one bought from Walmart's!!   :P   I'm sure she feels regardless of how inarticulate we may be,  we would not be there posting had we not been inspired enough by her and her music to feel compelled to do so.  :)


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on April 05, 2008, 05:55:47 PM
Ahhh CC a wonderful finale to a great review. You are so right about how the ladies treat you at the M & G. My first one in Birmingham just stunned me with meeting Mairead. Somehow I kept it together and her comments were amazing. Again in Rockford she was as warm as a freshly baked apple pie and just as wholesome. Is that cinnamon I smell?  ::) Anyway, I did see the hugs your wife received and the reactions to your gifts. They reacted wonderfully to my gifts too as though they were the greatest gift ever. What on earth do they do with all that stuff? Yes, I know it gets shipped home but it must take weeks to sort the things and find homes for them even if only two of us give something per concert.
       Thanks again for the wonderfully crafted review. The images from the words are beautiful. Thanks again for a great time. I think the folks behind us knew we were avid fans. BTW, you reminded me about Orlagh. She said the same thing to me, "You looked like you were having a great time". Yes darlin', it's a CW concert, I always have a great time!


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on April 05, 2008, 06:47:27 PM
What on earth do they do with all that stuff? Yes, I know it gets shipped home but it must take weeks to sort the things and find homes for them even if only two of us give something per concert.

I wonder about this too! They must get loads of presents from fans. I mean, we forum folks are always showering them with gifts and I'm pretty sure we're not the only ones who think to do so. I wonder what they do with all of it?

Haha, they probably ship it all home for their husbands to deal with!  ::) :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on April 05, 2008, 07:26:51 PM
Well, for those who have them anyway.  :D. That won't work for Scott and Lisa though! When it comes to gifts though my idea is that smaller is better and a creation of your own is better. There is not much point in getting them something they could buy themselves. Moderation though. Too many gifts and they'd look like Captain Kirk when he was buried in tribbles!  ;D ;D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on April 05, 2008, 07:35:21 PM
Well, for those who have them anyway.  :D. That won't work for Scott and Lisa though! When it comes to gifts though my idea is that smaller is better and a creation of your own is better. There is not much point in getting them something they could buy themselves. Moderation though. Too many gifts and they'd look like Captain Kirk when he was buried in tribbles!  ;D ;D

I agree: smaller is better and something personal/homemade/etc. is always good. And yes, moderation for sure. When all is said and done they can't have overweight suitcases on the plane home!  :o I think if I ever do a M&G I'll just get a nice card for her and write something sappy and sentimental in it.  ::) :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on April 05, 2008, 07:54:36 PM
And she'll love it and make you feel very special for it. Heck, since you're a gal she migt even hug ya!  :D. We non-senior citizen guys need not apply for that!  :P


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: celtic_fiddler on April 05, 2008, 08:37:48 PM
Great review CC!!!  Sounds like an amazing experience!!   :D

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You'll still feel like a babbling idiot, of course, but you'll get over it.

I can only imagine!!  :D :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: CC on April 05, 2008, 08:47:02 PM
Thanks, everyone, for your nice words! It was a lot of fun sharing the M&G memories with you and I'm very glad you enjoyed them.

Excuse me for just a second ........ (Note to self: Never, under any circumstances, let Skypilot get hold of your picture!)

OK, I'm back.

Well, 3/5/08 was the date of the Jacksonville concert, my very first CW show, so that's what I was referring to there as I will NEVER forget it, but I suppose it could work for Ellie too seeing as how she was born on the same day!  :D :D

Now I understand -- completely. There's just nothing like the memories of your first CW concert, no matter how many times you see them.  :)  I'm glad you got to go. Still, that's a great coincidence, isn't it?!

I'm still too shy to leave a message in the guestbook on the Máiréad Nesbitt website or the messages section on this forum, can you imagine the state of me if I went to a M & G?

"Er, hi...I'm - not that it matters - Swift...and, erm...God help me."  :D

Hey -- 85% actual words! That's not bad at all. At a M&G, that will make you the articulate one.   ;D

Again in Rockford she was as warm as a freshly baked apple pie and just as wholesome. Is that cinnamon I smell?  ::)

 :D :D I love it!! (And I'm very worried, because I think I actually do smell that cinnamon.)

BTW, you reminded me about Orlagh. She said the same thing to me, "You looked like you were having a great time". Yes darlin', it's a CW concert, I always have a great time!

BINGO!!!  I only wish that my brain had been working at the time, so I could have told her exactly that!

Good thoughts there about the gifts. It may be that someday it will become more than they can handle and they will have to stop accepting them. Until that day, if it ever comes, we can do our part by keeping our gifts small and simple. And the personal touch of something you created is always special.

I think if I ever do a M&G I'll just get a nice card for her and write something sappy and sentimental in it.  ::) :D

I have no doubt that she will love that, Emily. The other great thing about that idea is that it would give you the chance to take your time and say what you feel without the worries of going blank when you meet them.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Capn Davey on April 05, 2008, 08:59:34 PM
Mike

I have spoken with most of the girls at least for 30 seconds its not that bad .you can get over your fear of making a fool out of yourself I did! it was harder to be in the same room with them for 3 1/2
hours. :D ::) 1)


Dave


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Skypilot on April 06, 2008, 12:08:59 AM
Thanks, everyone, for your nice words! It was a lot of fun sharing the M&G memories with you and I'm very glad you enjoyed them.

Excuse me for just a second ........ (Note to self: Never, under any circumstances, let Skypilot get hold of your picture!)

Don't worry CC, I won't need your picture yet...........theres still bits of Moscapoets left on the board, and Davey is up next :D :D ;D ;D



Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Skypilot on April 06, 2008, 12:12:16 AM
Thanks, everyone, for your nice words! It was a lot of fun sharing the M&G memories with you and I'm very glad you enjoyed them.

Excuse me for just a second ........ (Note to self: Never, under any circumstances, let Skypilot get hold of your picture!)

Don't worry CC, I won't need your picture yet...........theres still bits of Moscapoets left on the board, and Davey is up next :D :D ;D ;D



Not to mention I have Emilys picture she posted recently.........shame to put holes in such a pretty face.............but envy is envy.......and so be it.......... ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Emily on April 06, 2008, 10:37:14 AM
Not to mention I have Emilys picture she posted recently.........shame to put holes in such a pretty face.............but envy is envy.......and so be it.......... ;D ;D ;D
:o
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/emilycorr/happy0198.gif)




Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Skypilot on April 07, 2008, 09:31:51 AM
Not to mention I have Emilys picture she posted recently.........shame to put holes in such a pretty face.............but envy is envy.......and so be it.......... ;D ;D ;D
:o
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/emilycorr/happy0198.gif)




Ok young lady..because your so cheeky, I will paste your picture on my Voodoo Doll and give you what for............mmmmmmmmmmmmmwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaahhhaaaaahaaaaa -)


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Moscapoet on April 07, 2008, 09:34:30 AM
Looks like the weather for Duluth will be even crummier than the Rockford concert. But, I'm sure the company and concert as in Rockford will warm it all up nicely.


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: CC on April 07, 2008, 11:22:41 AM
Looks like the weather for Duluth will be even crummier than the Rockford concert. But, I'm sure the company and concert as in Rockford will warm it all up nicely.

Very sorry to hear about the lousy weather, Moscapoet. That's a real shame. I know, though, that you will enjoy your time with all the people you're about to meet. There's no doubt the concert will be incredible, as always, and now you have the unexpected bonus of seeing the High Kings, as well. Have a great time!

Don't worry CC, I won't need your picture yet...........theres still bits of Moscapoets left on the board, and Davey is up next :D :D ;D ;D

Not to mention I have Emilys picture she posted recently.........shame to put holes in such a pretty face.............but envy is envy.......and so be it.......... ;D ;D ;D

Whewww !!!!  A temporary reprieve!  ;)


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Starman on April 07, 2008, 06:12:14 PM
Not to mention I have Emilys picture she posted recently.........shame to put holes in such a pretty face.............but envy is envy.......and so be it.......... ;D ;D ;D
:o
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/emilycorr/happy0198.gif)




Ok young lady..because your so cheeky, I will paste your picture on my Voodoo Doll and give you what for............mmmmmmmmmmmmmwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaahhhaaaaahaaaaa -)

   Oh no!  He has mine too!   Let's all remember to be very nice to Skypilot!!   :D :D :D


Title: Re: Rockford.....Mairead revisited
Post by: Skypilot on April 08, 2008, 08:13:41 AM
Not to mention I have Emilys picture she posted recently.........shame to put holes in such a pretty face.............but envy is envy.......and so be it.......... ;D ;D ;D
:o
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/emilycorr/happy0198.gif)






Ok young lady..because your so cheeky, I will paste your picture on my Voodoo Doll and give you what for............mmmmmmmmmmmmmwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaahhhaaaaahaaaaa -)

   Oh no!  He has mine too!   Let's all remember to be very nice to Skypilot!!   :D :D :D


Yep I have that in my album of Dart board victims, however, I don't have a picture of Destiny, so I am going to stick a picture of her Violin on the dart board..............theres more than one way to skin a cat ;D ;D ;D