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Here is a tale of the castaways...

 

Well, we made it!  Our Father's Day trip out to Bannerman's Island, out in the mighty Hudson River, went off without a hitch, and we had an absolutely wonderful time playing music out on the island to folks who were there for the three-hour tour.  Eric drove his trusty Honda Element, picking up each of the boys on the way down Route 9.  Delayed only by a necessary coffee-and-bagel stop (necessary to Bryan, anyway!), the band pulled into Cornwall, NY on time and ready to go.  The gig was "rain or shine," and the weather forecast spoke of possible thunderstorms as we pulled into the dock in Cornwall-on-Hudson to catch the boat out to the island.  Seeing our anxiety about the impending voyage, our intrepid pilot, Jesse, assured us that though he was a young man, he was thoroughly experienced in the ways of the mighty and unpredictable river....and he also said that at the slightest hint of thunder, we'd be turning back.  A comforting thought, that!

     In the end, we had a thoroughly dry run out to the island in Jesse's noble nineteen-footer, and upon arrival, we were met by the most amazingly hospitable group of Bannerman's Island Trust volunteers that could be imagined.  The climb up to the entertainment area was invigorating, and all of the Flash Company boyos made  it to the top in good form, carrying a pared-down, ready for action collection of instruments.  Once there, we found a couple of platforms that we'd be using for a stage, and the good volunteers were very good-humored about moving it around for us - not once, but twice.  And so, we ended up sitting around a tree in a shaded picnic area with a gorgeous view downriver of Storm King Mountain.  The thunder clouds were there, to be sure, but the sun was shining on our little spot.  So, in good humor, we played a good share more than our original schedule called for, making sure to honor requests from the Bannerman volunteers.  Then, precisely at 2:15, our friend Jesse popped in to tell us that our chariot was awaiting for the return trip to the river's west bank.  Again, the assembled volunteers helped us carry our instruments down the many, many steps back to the dock.

     The return trip was a bit choppier with some spray, but the thunderstorms had vacated the valley for us and a splendid time was had by all.  Great thanks to our buddy Maura, who arranged the gig - and to the volunteers on Bannerman's Island who treated us so well.  And, lastly, to our intrepid pilot, Jesse, who put up with more pretend-nautical shenanigans than any person should have to.  We're  not naming names here, but  let's just say that the Flash Company blarney was  flying thick and fast as each member of the band contributed from a very limited fund of knowledge about life on the Water.  Amid cries of "Avast!" and "Batten down the hatches, boys!", Jesse brought us back to land and put our feet firmly back on Terra Firma.  Pictures will be posted as they become available.

     Then, there was the long ride home - but that's a story for another day!

St. Patrick's Day 2017

 

What a great St. Patrick's Day weekend we had!  Friday, we spent the afternoon playing for the great folks at Paula's Public House just outside of Poughkeepsie, NY.  Great thanks to Paula and James for making us feel so welcome, and for the wonderful collection of folks who were there with us to celebrate the day.  We also had the pleasure of having Paula's cousin, whose name we never knew, do some great Irish step dance with us.  Fine food, delicious libations, and a warm and festive atmosphere.  Thanks to Paula's Public House!

     A bit later in the day, we traveled down to the Farm to Table Bistro in Fishkill, NY, where we played for the evening.  Farm to Table is known for its excellent cuisine, and on this particular St. Paddy's Day night, the place was packed with both diners and folks who were hanging out with us in the bar.  A real listening crowd it was, and they kept us hopping - so much so, that we ended up playing the whole evening with no break (and no Guinness, much to the chagrin of a FlashCo boyo or two!).  We owe thanks to owner Chris and manager Nick for a truly enjoyable night of music and friends and for making us feel so welcome!

     So, we slept in a bit on Saturday morning to regain our strength for our second annual Artists' Collective St. Paddy's Day concert which was sponsored by the Artists' Collective of Hyde Park.  Special thanks to Marilyn and Liz and the Collective's members for coming together to help make this night a success.  Our gratitude goes to the tremendous collection of kindred souls who braved a forecast of snow and some warning flurries to come out and share the craic with us.  Great sing-along-ers all of 'em, and they kept us on our toes, as many were knowledgeable fans of Irish music who really knew their stuff!  We look forward to our third annual Artists' Collective St. Paddy's Day show in 2018....though we certainly hope to see you before  then!

     In sum, it was a lovely St. Paddy's Day Weekend!  From all of the boys in Flash Company, May the wind be at your back and the smoke from your chimney  everlasting!  

Teaching an auld madra (old dog) new cleasanna (tricks)!

 

One of the great adjustments that any slightly aging shenanigator must face is dealing with the apparently endless demands of the technology that we live with.  And so it is that in taking on the duties of webmaster for the boys in Flash Company, I find myself wrangling with technology on a regular basis.... Kind of like an aging cowboy riding into town on an equally aged silver steed to save the community from the clutches of Bad Bart and Company, I saddle up my ancient laptop every so often to do battle with our website and keep the smiling mugs of my Flash Company bandmates front and center on the Internet.  And so it was that I today discovered that the email forwarding that I thought I had set up so that booking mail would go directly from the site to my own email account was not, in reality, happening at all.  So here I am, sheepishly answering a two-week-old email because I had neglected to check the site webmail.  Y'see, Officer, it was supposed to have landed in my personal email account like magic, BUT....

     So, if you send Flash Company an email inquiring about a booking (or just to say hi!), I promise from this moment forward to get you a timely reply.  I'm trying very hard to teach this auld madra some new cleasanna!

Welcome! (Failte!)

 

Welcome and thanks for visiting the Flash Company website!  We're happy that you stopped in.  Please do sign up for our email list so we can keep you apprised of upcoming gigs, and stop by from time to time to see what's new here.  Jim might drop some jokes here for you;  Bryan might have some family history to impart;  Eric might want to explain why banjos always sound just a wee bit out of 'chune; and John can explain why you can't have a top if you have no bottom!  We'll try to keep the website as entertaining as our shows!  Come back for the craic!

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