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I live in Northern California and like to play in sessions whenever I can. This usually involves a lot of motoring.

I was introduced to Irish Traditional Music in May 2000 by a co-worker friend. Having worked with her for years, I was still totally unaware that she played the fiddle at sessions and dances. Until one day, when I substitute hosted a Saturday afternoon bluegrass show on KZYX, our local public radio station. In reading an on-air announcement promoting an upcoming local dance event I mispronounced an unfamiliar word: ‘Ceili’. My friend immediately called the station to correct my pronunciation error.

“O.K. smarty,” I said to my friend, thinking her call was a tad pedantic, “how do you know?”

“I’m the fiddle player…” she replied.

Thus it begins.