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  • Notes from a Dublin Trad Session | Expedia.com.au
    pint while watching a group of musicians pick and pluck their way around jigs and reels until the wee hours of the morning Finding traditional music in Dublin isn t hard The city s Temple Bar precinct purpose built to cater to tourists is bursting at the seems with pub based live music in particular at Oliver St John Gogarty s Fitzsimon s and the Temple Bar itself But for me these sessions always felt a little too polished and professional and it was in the quiet back street or suburban pubs that really provided the authentic experience Every Tuesday night I used to venture to The Purty Kitchen a gastro pub in Dún Laoghaire south of Dublin city for a pint or two and their regular Irish music session Here there was no pretence no segregation of the performers and the audience and the night was far from polished and professional this was an Irish trad session just the way it should be If you haven t been to a session before let me paint you a picture There is no stage In fact there is no designated area where the band is expected to play Instead the session will just take place wherever the musicians usually local enthusiasts or professionals happy to be paid in Guinness find room amongst the bar stools and tables There are no rules for a session no hierarchy no band leader Just as much time is spent gossiping and drinking as actually playing When the music does start it s all in with whoever kicked off the set guiding the rest of the musicians through which tunes to play although if the players have been jamming together for long enough there s normally certain tunes that always go together And its important to

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  • Celebrating the colours of Holi | Expedia.com.au
    our imagination It is all about colourful interactions with emotions It is all about letting reservations and inhibitions rest for a while and allow the rowdy inner self to lead the moment I remember when I was in school I was mortally afraid of colours and so during Holi one was sure I had locked myself inside one of the bathrooms with a stack of novels to read Holi was thus a boon to my reading habits but then one year my parents showed me a tree and said This is the palash or tesu tree The orange and the reddish orange flowers that you see are dried and then soaked in water and this is the colour that you can fill in your pichkari water canon to sprinkle during Holi This connection of colours with plants fascinated me and that was one year that saw me standing on my first floor balcony with my bucket of saffron coloured water It was exciting to fill my pichkari and let the spray surprise the small groups or tolis of people who were coloured beyond recognition and dancing to the melody of harmoniums and the beat of the dhols that a few carried with them There are different ways of celebrating Holi and with so many States in India the formats followed can be entirely different There are specific pujas that can be performed where for instance Badkoolas handmade from cowdung are made and strung on a rassi coconut fibre string The cuisine has its own Holi link with recipes that include sugarcane juice and dishes that include the inimitable dahiwada poori dried moong dal etc So wherever one is during Holi one is bound to get a refreshingly charming version of the festival Expedia travellers mostly travel to India from September

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