Cleveland Cultural Festival 2007
Off to the festival we went and the first performers we saw were The Dermot Henry Band with Dermot Henry and Jimmy Lavin performing at the Gazebo Stage. Dermot is a marvelous songwriter; so many of his fans urge him to record something, but he usually has some excuse why he hasn’t. Too bad, anyone who hears Dermot would like to take a piece of him home! Anyway Dermot and Jimmy did a great job as usual. Sitting in the audience were long time friends of mine and Dermot’s, Peggy O’Donoghue her daughter Mary Kate and granddaughter Lizzy. The O’Donoghue's lost their husband and father last month, Tom O’Donoghue of Blarney Stone fame. When Dermot Henry first came to the US, he spent much time performing at the Blarney Stone and has been a favorite entertainer with Pittsburgher’s ever since.
Mary Kate, Lizzy and Peggy O'Donoghue.
Here is Kevin Walsh from New York, Mary Rowley, Jimmy Lavin and Maureen Strotmeyer.
Dermot and Jimmy on Sunday; they look pretty good!
Even though we are at a festival, there is still work to be done. Here is Mary Rowley from Philadelphia, and Irish Festival Cruises and Maureen Strotmeyer from Pittsburgh.
Mike Mazur has been an Emcee with the Festival since it began 25 years ago. He is a good story teller and just a great guy! As always he makes us feel so welcomed in Cleveland.
Next up was Tommy Fleming Absolutely Brilliant! What a voice! What a Man! What a head of Red Hair! I’m partial to redheads!! Tommy’s voice send goose bumps up and down me! Whatever he is singing, you can feel the joy or sadness through his interpretation of the song. Along with his international recognition, his is a lovely human being and so very approachable.
I first became acquainted with Tommy Fleming in 1993 when he was on tour with Phil Coulter performing in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Music Hall. Everyone fell in love with him, his voice, his whole persona. Now I am happy to see him in America more often. We have a great opportunity in December to see him when he will be featured on PBS stations throughout the country; make sure you catch it.
Dancers with Cherish The Ladies.
Tommy, Eileen & other band members.
Tommy singing 'Reconcillation'
Me with good friends Joe and Emma Bullock from Wexford, PA.
I had the opportunity to speak at length with Tom Fadian, he shared so much information about the band, Mayo, farmers, mountains; great conversation we had.
Tom and another Mayo man enjoying the 'craic'.
Other Pittsburgher's, Eileen Connelly, Carol Shaunessy, there first time in Cleveland and Maureen Strotmeyer.
My good friends Johnny Donohue and his cousin Kevin Sean Donohue; great guys!
Saturday night at the hotel; these two guys are enjoying each other's company - Brian Mulligan, Manager of Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul Band and John Delaney of New Barleycorn.
Here is Danny and Mary Jo O'Toole from Pittsburgh. This was their first time at the festival and they had a really good time.
I got in on this shot with Danny and Mary Jo.
The Cleveland Cultural Festival was a grand time! The entertaiment was brilliant, the weather was perfect and the hospitality was grand. Thank you John O'Brien and your entire committee for a fabulous weekend.
Until next year,