Off The Recordby Mike Farragher
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I’m not sure how that will play out, but the show has endured the departure of some players and the addition of new members over the last year.
Emmet Cahill, fresh from his win as the 2010 John McCormack bursary for the most promising young tenor, and recognition as most promising young singer at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, has joined the ensemble.
In fact, as I type this, I am a mile above the earth on a plane ride home and I have just asked the stewardess for band-aids for my blistered feet.
I am not joking. For 24 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the world’s second largest Irish celebration. Think of an Irish party genetically engineered into the cotton candy of a state fair and you start to get the vibe of this unique weekend.