This year we had a sweet ending at Christmas when Shamrock and Peach catered the end of year Christmas party for the Gettys in Nashville Tennessee, home of country music. The party was a celebration of “Joy, An Irish Christmas Tour’ presented in 20 cities in the US by Keith and Kristen Getty and everyone at Getty music. The tour was attended by a whopping 60,000 people across North America and in several prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall (New York) and the fabulous Fox Theatre here in Atlanta.
We were invited to the concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta the evening before we drove to Tennessee, and were literally blown away by the standard of the musicianship. Wow!…the singing, the dancing, the playing – not to mention some on stage who played while dancing!! – no mean feat! The music itself gave tribute to the roots of Bluegrass music with guest Ricky Skaggs tearing up the stage with Bluegrass examples of how the Irish have impacted the culture of the Southlands and it’s so inspiring that I get to celebrate those same roots through the language of really great food.
Keith Getty even gave a shout out to ‘The Shamrock and Peach’ book when referring to marriage of Ireland to the Southlands and it was such an honor and it literally took my breath away to be considered!
Hope you enjoy a few pictures from our event and a super yummy idea to swirl melted chocolate through the Irish butter fudge (recipe in my cook book). A sweet ending to my menu and year!
Last night we so enjoyed attending the annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas concert that showcases Music and Dance and the Soul of the Season. Guest performers included John Doyle and Jamie Laval playing the fiddle and guitar and they continue to rock my world each year with their talent. In the midst of so much trouble in our world it’s just wonderful to celebrate all the joy and wonder through Celtic Culture. The Celtic Atlanta arts community really pulled together to produce a most memorable and enjoyable performance…A true touch of Irish Joy!
We have a special guest staying with us from Galway who is the founder of the Irish Taste Club, an on-line order business providing Ireland’s best food products to the US. JP shared our booth last night at the event and we enjoyed some good Irish fun and chat at the Atlanta Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. We also spoke to several guests excited about coming on one of our four tours to Ireland and Scotland next summer, so roll on Christmas. Joy to the World!
Cormic De Barra (Harp)
JP and the Irish Taste Club
Merry Christmas to all and special thanks to John Maschinot who producer of the Celtic Christmas show!
The Shamrock and Peach ventured West to Dallas last weekend to attend the 2015 Southern Region Irish dancing Championship. Even after all these years I am still in awe of the Irish dance and believe there is no other dance quite like it in the world. The winners will be heading to the World Championship that will be held next year in Glasgow, Scotland. So, loads of excitement and adventures ahead and wishing success to all the dancers to keep on preserving our wonderful Irish culture.
My drive West from Atlanta to Dallas included driving through four states Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas and I am amazed by the vastness of this great country. Next summer I will be leading four fun filled tours including three to Ireland and one to Scotland! I do hope some of you will be joining me on next years adventures? My talented husband has been been producing framed artwork using old barn wood of images from Ireland and Scotland that I have been selling at my events. Hope you enjoy a couple of my personal favorite images from places we visit on my tours next summer. Dream of Ireland and go!
Iona Abbey (Scotland)
The Dark Hedges (Ireland)
Wishing you the Joy of the Irish dance in the busy holiday season!