Sláinte!

I have never loved the Irish more! There I was, bathing in inspiration from artists at the Oshkosh Irish 2013 Festival with performances by Dublin 5 and Gaelic Storm.

Awesome Saucem!

Photo courtesy of Jeanette Merten for the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper.

Photo courtesy of Jeanette Merten for the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper.

I met up with a family I’ve known since junior high school and they helped me get a great spot for the shows. I was the first one to catch the green beads Dublin 5 tossed and my friend’s dad gave me the T-shirt he caught from Gaelic Storm. I can’t remember the last time I went to a concert, and it was definitely my first time at an Irish concert.

Kiana Weber and Pete Purvis of Gaelic Storm in an instrument battle at Oshkosh Irish Fest 2013.

Kiana Weber and Pete Purvis of Gaelic Storm in an instrument battle at Oshkosh Irish Fest 2013.

I was slightly obsessed with the two female fiddlers.

Jenn Garmen plays the fiddle for Dublin 5, formerly The Rovers, at Oshkosh Irish Fest.

Jenn Garmen plays the fiddle for Dublin 5, formerly The Rovers, at Oshkosh Irish Fest.

After this first experience, I plan to make this a yearly event. Small bands consisting of guitar, bass, and drums only will never be the same for me after all the unique instruments I heard that night!

Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger on the bodhráns and Ryan Lacey on (possibly some form of) the Cajón.

Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger on the bodhráns and Ryan Lacey on (possibly some form of) the Cajón.

My favorite Gaelic Storm song so far:

And then there’s this classic they did from Titanic:

Cheers!

What are your thoughts?