New Year's resolutions are nice, but short term goals are so much easier to achieve--and just when I thought the Christmas hubbub was over came BCMFest to steer my attention away from Jan 1 and focus it entirely on Jan 9.
Yes, the Boston Celtic Music Festival is coming on January 8-9, and there's nothing like a big deadline to get you moving. There are ten of us working together on a Dudley Street Irish dance hall "remake" band for the festival, recreating and updating the sound of the typical Boston dance hall band of the 1950s. We're calling ourselves the Boston Highlands Ceili Band, and we're learning music directly from a record of the Johnny Powell band from the 1950s. Translation: learn and memorize twelve tunes on soprano sax, to play in fourteen days at dance-hall speed (read: not slowly).
Intimidating if you let it be, but so far it's just a lot of fun.
The group performs from 2:10-2:45 pm on the Sanctuary Stage at the festival. For more info, visit www.bcmfest.com
And after that? A Lindsay hiatus (more or less) until a March 7 concert at the Scituate Library. No performances, we think -- just working on finishing our CD, and more importantly, spending time as a family enjoying each other's company as the cold winter days lengthen into spring. Can't think of anything more appealing!