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The Times
  • Music provides ‘great vibes’ at Irish Festival

  • The big draw for many of the thousands attending day two of the 10th annual Great American Irish Festival on Saturday was undoubtedly the music.

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  • The big draw for many of the thousands attending day two of the 10th annual Great American Irish Festival on Saturday was undoubtedly the music.
    From marching bag pipe brigades, to traditional folk, to good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, there was a style to satisfy the taste of every Irish music fan.
    After coming to the festival with some girlfriends last year, Grace Klutschkowski dragged her husband, Manny, along this year so he could experience the bagpipes first hand.
    Being a former member of the Mohawk Valley Frasers, the Norway resident said she appreciates what it takes to perform in such a group.
    “I lasted four years, and it was the hardest thing I ever did,” Klutschkowski said. “Now I just sit back and enjoy it as a spectator.”
    Dot Kessler of Russia in Herkimer County has been to every Irish Festival since its inception, and this year made sure to bring her good friend Stella Grimshaw of Newport so they could dance together to the Celtic band Kitchen Party.
    “They were so great, but all the bands here are,” Kessler said. “The music is what makes this so special.”
    The crowd favorite appeared to be Canadian roots rock/indie folk band Enter the Haggis.
    Several attendants said the band was the main reason they came out Saturday, and Boston resident Alyssa Fasolino said she pretty much planned her whole summer around it.
    “This is the fourth time I’ve seen them in the last two weeks,” said Fasolino, who also caught the band at Saranac Thursday this week. “This festival is great. You’re surrounded by fans of Irish music and there’s such great vibes.”

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