The pipers and dancer are very busy getting ready for the Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival, Aug. 5-7, after their phenomenal success at the Saline Celtic Festival.
Sydney and Bob are learning Uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes).. and we remember reading something like that Ming wants to learn the harp?.. and then there's the bodhran, a single-handed drum. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, and accordions are also good Irish music instruments. (Some of these are probably hard to play properly without thumbs, though.) Franklin, what are your choices?
And just think of how many of these instruments will be just right for the surprise Western festival being planned for Angel Rose! (Shhh.. Don't anyone tell her!)
Irish "sean nůs" (a capella singing) is very popular in Irish festivals. Consider the sensation that will be... sean nůs with cat yowls!!!!!
Sparkler is quite the accomplished Irish step-dancer now!
The concert program is being planned. It will take place in the Ohio State stadium, to allow for the expected crowds. Since the Michigan artists refuse to play the Ohio State fight song (on principle) or the Michigan fight song (since they would probably be drawn, quartered, and lynched were they to try that in the Ohio State stadium), the USC fight song will be performed, in honor of the California artists and their own alma mater.
And Traveler, the USC horsie mascot, of course will also be along for the show!