Master Irish piper Liam
O'Flynn entranced us with two performances, firstly on the opening night
, when he performed " The Voyage of The Brendan " with the Adelaide
Symphony Orchestra. This was pleasant , if not spectacular. To be honest,
its not exactly a particularly memorable piece, but it worked much more
successfully then Guo Yue's performance with the Orchestra at the last
festival. There were some minor problems with the mix, trying to mic
up a big orchestra for an outdoor show is always tricky, but these were
soon sorted out and we did enjoy the rare spectacle of seeing one of
the world's best pipers play with our excellent orchestra.
thrown in this long shot because it shows myself and Ian watching
this show. We are in the centre in the first row .I'm wearing
the top with stripes next to the girl with pigtails and Ian is
the dude with the camera strap across his back to my right.
I saw Liam at his
solo performance on Sunday and he played a 40 minute set designed
to melt the heart. He was concerned about the affect of the heat
on his pipes-( he had a fan or two aimed at them to cool them
down, ) but it did not seem to cause a problem, as he flew away
into the stratosphere with his traditional tunes . No photos
of that show unfortunately , but these will give an idea of the
orchestral gig. Hopefully the ABC may broadcast the Brendan show
in the near future ,as they recorded many of the performances
from the main stages.