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You're never too old...

Posted by ruraltradpunk on Saturday, August 25, 2007

You know sometimes I wish I'd picked up the tenor banjo YEARS ago - I'm so crazy about this instrument that I can't believe it's only entered my life now. But hell, I'm playing now and thats what counts. I don't understand when folks rule out learning something new because they're "too old". You're never too old - we have this great programme on our Irish language TV station, TG4, it's called "Se Mo Laoch" and every week it highlights an older irish trad musician. One week the show was about Kitty Hayes, this woman from Co. Clare, who had played the concertina in her youth, and loved it, but then stopped and kinda gave up when she was raising her family as time just didn't permit her to indulge in music. Years and years later, one of her now adult sons pestered her to pick it back up again so she finally did. Aside from being a great concertina player, she is also a total inspiration. She was like 70 yrs old nearly when she finally picked up her instrument again. Now she plays all the time, and has recorded with a Dutch guy who plays the pipes, Peter Laban, and I think she's performing at a festival down in West Cork sometime soon too. Kitty Hayes rocks! **any irish speakers out there may have noticed the missing fada over the "e" in Se - for some reason it won't show up on this blog entry.

2 comments on “You're never too old...”

flowerofthewest Says:
Sunday, August 26, 2007 @5:56:36 AM

And just be glad you picked up it now and not 10 or 20 years later.  You still have lots of years of enjoyment left!


corgies Says:
Sunday, August 26, 2007 @1:30:54 PM

Just this week I got my first banjo and started learning frailing techniques. I love old time and Celtic banjo music. It excites me, it makes me fall in love again. I'm 65 and realized if I live to be 95, that'd be 30 more years wishing I woulda' learned to play a banjo.

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