Luck of the Irish

Ian ByrneThe Elders We’ve been beaten, burned, and enslaved; Starved from our lands where aour fathers dug their graves; Never loosing faith we have fought for every mile; Still no matter where you go you’ll always find an Irish smile.

Lyrics from Luck of the Irish, by Ian Byrne

Well good news this St. Patrick’s Day, my favorite Irish group will be back in Dayton for one day at our July / August Celtic Festival along with several other major Irish band headliners. I love photography of all sorts (never have done food), and it was at the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, where I first heard The Elders, and also found how accessible the concert area was for concert photography. As you can tell by Ian’s shirt the Elders put everything they have into their performance. Many of the Elder’s songs echoed through my head when I toured Ireland in 2009. I definitely will attend their July 29th performance. They were here twice last year — I was only able to see them at the local Irish watering hole, the Dublin Pub. I was traveling during the Celtic Festival.

As you can see by the photographs, nighttime makes better pictures. The Irish band is Seven Nations, taken in Cleveland and The Step Crew danced and fiddled  in Dublin, Ohio. Between now and July I will take Kelby Training’s Concert Photography course to improve those skills.


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