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At 18:46 on January 9, 2018, Dave Siler said…

It's been so many years, Mike, "It's all Greek to me." LOL Still manage to get along pretty well in German, however. 



At 17:52 on January 9, 2018, Dave Siler said…

Although it's been nearly 40 years, I remember Bellarmine very well! (I took Greek 101 there one summer in graduate school.) Am looking forward to listening to more of your postings on Trad!



At 13:18 on January 9, 2018, Dave Siler said…

Slainte Mhaith, Mike. Thanks for writing back so quickly! I cannot help it; I have fallen in love with Ireland and the Irish! Several years ago, I dated (off and on) a lady from Waterford. Nothing serious, but we became extremely good friends. It became interesdting because I live in Fredericksburg VA, and she was a great grand-niece of General Thomas Meagher, commanding officer of the Civil War Irish Brigade. (I live in the center of the battlefield here at Fredericksburg, where the brigade performed legendary service in December of 1862. )

I see you with a guitar. I have played strings almost all of my life. Currently, I have 2 Martin guitars, a Taylor, and a 1977 vintage Gibson banjo. I am also in love with acoustic stringed instruments. If I weren't so old, I'd like to take up fiddle and bouzouki! LOL

I see you are from the KC area. One of my colleagues in broadcasting in Louisville left to to to a KC television station (many years ago.) His name was Stacy Smith. (Did you ever see him on the tube?)

Looking forward to more sharing of things Irish (especially music.)


Dave Siler


At 2:27 on January 9, 2018, Dave Siler said…

Mike, good day to you. I have followed Irish Music since 1959 when I first saw Tommy Makem and he Clancy Bros while watching Ed Sullivan on telly. (I was 11 y.o.) I have been fascinated by all things Irish these last 59 years, have played trad music on banjo and guitar all this time, and plan to take up fiddle next. Favorite groups are the Clancy's, Dubliners, Wolfe Tones, Patrick Street, Chieftains, and  Irish Roves. I was able to meet Liam Clancy before he died, and he gave me a signed copy of his autobiography. (After we shared a pint.!)

I think Irish music is the most beautiful music anywhere, and now that I am retired, I play it several hours each day. I look forward o hearing more of your postings and appreciate the opportunity to meet you.


Dave Siler

Fredericksburg VA

At 3:10 on February 28, 2017, Suzanne spinelli said…

It was fun to watch :D I have been watching the others too :)  Have a great day!!!

At 23:49 on June 6, 2015, Kiki Hanishina said…

How are you? It has been a long time from my last message. I uploaded my original song to youtube.

Would you please watch the video? And I'm very happy if you tell me your impressions about my music.


I've made many original songs and sang many Irish songs I love playing the piano.

Thank you for reading my comment. Please have a nice weekend.

Then, see you soon!

Kiki Hanishina

At 18:50 on February 5, 2015, Sailí Ní Dhroighneáin said…

Thanks a million Mike!

At 18:34 on August 5, 2014, Kiki Hanishina said…
Thank you for your message! I"m happy to see it. We don't have video yet.Sorry!
At 10:09 on May 28, 2014, Chuck Donnelly said…

Hope you can make it to Bar Harbor some time for the  festival week.

At 11:34 on December 30, 2013, Dhomhnaill A. Lopez said…

Hey Mike!!! Loved your "Skibbereen" posting. As always,...very nicely done, with a tinge of "emotional haunting". Hope your holidays are going well (so far) and will continue to do so throughout the New Year and beyond. Cheers & Good Health to You,


At 18:48 on July 22, 2013, Jan van der Klei said…

Glad to be here, hope I get some pointers for new songs to sing at our local club.

At 0:08 on March 31, 2013, Rhiannon Lawson said…

Thank you for your warm welcome Mike! I look forward to making a new friend :)

At 22:45 on December 12, 2012, Colleen Raney said…

Thanks for the note, Mike.  I think I sorted out how to join the group... we'll see!  Nice to make your acquaintance!

At 20:07 on December 12, 2012, Tradconnect Reviews said…

Nice song you just loaded up there Mike. Sounds great. T

At 2:38 on December 11, 2012, Maria Morton said…

Appreciate the invite, Mike!

At 18:23 on September 5, 2012, The Black Rose said…
Thanks, Mike--I'm waiting to be approved--almost there!
At 0:53 on September 5, 2012, The Black Rose said…
Thanks for connecting me up, Mike!
At 8:01 on May 25, 2012, Tradconnect Reviews said…

Well thanks to Joe Heaney then for inspiring you. I must look him up.  Love your voice. There is a quote I'm searching for about gravel and whiskey or something like that. When it comes to me I'll let you know. I need a coffee!!!!

At 22:05 on May 24, 2012, Tradconnect Reviews said…

Great song. Over the mountain, Mike. Where do you get them from ?

At 21:03 on May 21, 2012, Frank Claudy said…

Hi Mike:  Let me know who your family connections are here -- more than likely I will run into them.  Lovers of trad are a relatively small group here. 

Frank Claudy

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