Sunday, August 20, 2017
Today is the last day for the table crew to get its work done. We are once again removing all the table cloths from Saturday's use and re-setting the table cloths for the last day of Milwaukee Irish Fest 2017. Today we have to really book because we start at 8:00 a.m. and folks start arriving on the grounds for the Sunday Mass at 11:00 a.m.
Music starts at Noon today and by then I am out of table cloth crew clothes and dressed as Photography Man. Opening the Celtic Roots stage on the last day is a familiar bunch of lads: Cuig.
Next up for me on assignment is Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. Trinity Academy of Irish Dance is one of the most widely-recognized Irish dance programs in the world. Trinity dancers have won an unprecedented 32 world titles for the United States. They are based in the Midwest with Milwaukee as one of their homes.
Four days of trying and I think I finally got some decent Irish dance photos.
I was not assigned to them but no way was I going to miss the last day of We Banjo 3.
After their individual set on this stage, We Banjo 3 heading to another stage where they were going to do something special on the last day of the Fest: a Beatles tribute with participation by a number of other acts from the Fest.
Backstage, this is the most nervous I have seen anyone at Irish Fest ever. These acts are really talented, often sit in playing each others music or the traditional songs of Ireland--but this is going to be a different challenge.
While the bands tune up, the tech people are adding more cords on the stage them OSHA should allow.
To say things get goofy would be an understatement.
By the last note, the photography crew, after four days of running from stage to stage, climbing a stairs, twisting your body into weird positions, and wearing out your eyes--are pretty much done. Thanks to everyone on the photography crew for a great Irish Fest.