Thursday, 2 June 2011

Edinburgh Wednesday 1st June - Bob Murray's Blog Entry

I joined the walkers for a couple of hours on their Carlops to Balerno 
(to Edinburgh) leg. Fine walking, fine company; the time passed so 
quickly. My favourite story is of Cara the dog who, back one morning in 
April was asked "Do you want to go for a walk ?", and hasn't stopped since !
Then, what a brilliant evening at the Tass Wednesday Session in 
Edinburgh's ancient Royal Mile. The session regulars were joined not 
only by the Folk Trail crew, but by a bunch of cyclists also doing the 
Land's End to John o' Groats thing. The music seemed continuous - the 
jigs and reels, hornpipes, airs, marches, and strathspeys punctuated whenever 
a lone voice reached into the air from our sea of musos and punters. And 
what singing there was ! What a mix. And whenever a join-in presented 
itself it was joined-in with gusto. Any singer will tell you it is a 
lovely feeling to get that kind of response. It maybe even touched the 
soul of one or two die-hard instrumentalists.
How can you drop a handful of visitors - strangers - into another group 
of people for only less than three hours, and end up with one bunch of 
friends ?  I'm not sure, but I think the spirit of music has a lot to do 
with it.
Walk well, Folk Trailers. Our support and friendship goes with you.

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