I’ve just returned home (Vermont, US) from a week in the west of Ireland, after dreaming about it for 35 years. I am enamored and transformed by the experience, no small part of which was the music. I play guitar (principally 12-string guitars) and write songs, but nothing in the vein of Irish trad. I tend to write smart-assy politics-tinged pop songs. But having had the pleasure to witness a number of sessions in Ennis & Kinvarra, I found the music transfixing, emotional and inspiring. Which brings me here, and other places online, to learn more and hear more, and teach myself some tunes. Thanks for the opportunity.