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Revels North (Dartmouth) — Christmas 2015, A ‘Scottish Bash’ — Was Certainly A Bash.

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Dominique Dodge, the divine harpist and soloist.


♥ The Scottish dancing was top class, throughout. Bravo.

♥ The harpist, Dominique Dodge, was DIVINE.
[I, though a sucker for harp music have no plans, whatsoever, of going to heaven. Which is why I try and listen to as much good harp music on earth while I can. But I imagine that is there is a heaven and they do have harpist there, as is claimed, these harpists will sound like Dominique Dodge did last night. THANK YOU, Dominique.]

♥ ‘Tàladh Chrìosta’ performed in the second-half by Dominique Dodge, who also sang as a soloist, with the ‘Teens of Dingwall’ was goose-bump inducingly magical. WOW. Thank you.

♥ TheAuld Lang Syne‘, with the crossed-arms and synchronized swaying, was the BEST rendition I have seen in the U.S. in the last 30 years and it made me very happy (bar for a small but crucial flaw that was an unnecessary distraction). But, Thank you. That was very good.
[Those that are familiar with this blog that I start running ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ tutorials in December to get U.S. folks to do it properly with the crossed-arms. And IF you are wondering why, as I have talked about many times, I was a bona fide, invited ‘First Footer‘ at Hogmanay, in Greenock (Scotland), for a number of years and did my duty, gladly, in kissing hundreds of Scottish lasses, right after the ‘Auld’ to make sure their New Year would be blessed.]

The Ballad of Tam Linwas exquisitely done and I will confess that last night was the first time I fully appreciated all the nuances. Kudos.

♥ The huge wolf and eagle created for the final scene of The Ballad of Tam Linwas very impressive. Way to go.

♥ The two young ladies that lead the ‘Lord of the Dance, in Morris Dance outfits, go from strength to strength each year. Bravo.


Maureen Burford, Revel North’s Artistic Director taking her final bow at Dartmouth.

At the end of the show we were told that this was the last show of Maureen Burford, the Artistic Director.

She was leaving after 12 years with Revels North. That is a shame. We like her work and her style.

I now realized that bar the very first Revels, that I was at Dartmouth prior to 2001, all the other Revels that we have seen at Dartmouth, since 2003, have been Maureen Burford creations. Wow. We wish you all the best Maureen.

I got a chance to briefly speak with Maureen at the intermission BUT I had no idea that it was her last show.

And end of another era.


Of course it was good. They are all good, by definition. The Revels North ‘gang’ is so dedicated, talented and charismatic. We are always in awe and admiration of what they manage to pull off, each Christmas.

Glad we went. To me Christmas would not be complete with Christmas Revels, by Revels North, at Dartmouth.

Welcome Yule. Merry Yule.


Those that know me well might have detected by now that I am not as effusive in my praise for this performance as I normally tend to be. Yes, that is indeed true. There were three and half things that marred this show for me. I think, though I am not sure, that I would have been able to overlook (maybe not gladly) and one of these 3.5 faux pas, but the totality of all 3.5 was too much. So what were these 3.5 reasons that put a damper on this performance.

1. NO Programs!

They did NOT have any programs, at all, for this show. I was told, 4 times, that all the shows had been sold out, that they sold 1,000 tickets than ever before, and as such they ran out of programs for the last show.

I do NOT buy that. This is 2015 in Hanover, NH. This is the era of the “Internet of Everything”. All the tickets were sold electronically. They should have been on top of ticket sales on a second-by-second basis. They should have started printing more programs as they saw the tickets being sold. This was a VERY POOR SHOW.

I feel really bad for those attending Revels for the first time. Without a program they were truly robbed. Mugged.

I was not amused either. I like to read the program ahead of the show and get a road-map in my head. Then during the show I do follow each act on the program. This was not cricket. This was a VERY POOR SHOW. I was livid.

This is 2015 in Hanover, NH. The world class Spaulding Auditorium, in which the show was held, as the projection equipment for “Supertitling” — i.e., displaying the ‘program’ behind the stage in large font. We saw this to great effect in 2013 when the Dartmouth Handel Society did “St. Matthew Passion“. Yes, it would have been a lot of work but they could have at least Supertitled.

Plus this is Hanover, NH in 2015. Within a 1/4 mile radius of the Hop there had to be dozens of high-quality, commercial grade laser printers. They could have just printed the 10 pages of the Program per se and handed that out with an apology.

I found the lack of a program an AFFRONT. Revels North management saying “Let them eat cake”. That at the start of the show a cast member appeared on stage and tried to make light of this and then had the temerity to say that “we could go read it online when we got home” was INSULTING. I don’t want to read the program after the fact.

IF Revels North had any class they would send each and every person that attended last night’s performance a $15 refund along with a profound apology. And I blame the Revels North Board. IF they have any sense of shame they would, before Christmas, resign in bloc. This was very incompetent. This was unacceptable. Yes, I am annoyed. Yes, I was given a program at the end, BUT that was no consolation.

2. The Master of Ceremonies wore cheap black sneakers with HUGE rubber soles with his kilt!

That was very insulting too! There is a proper way to wear a kilt. A kilt is a NATIONAL DRESS. You do NOT take liberties with a National Dress. You do not disrespect THE KILT.

That he kept on appearing at the very edge of the stage in these frigging sneakers was beyond the bloody pale. Yes, after the show I made a point of taking a photo so that you can all appreciate my sense of outrage.

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OK. Maybe he had bad feet. But there is NOTHING better for bad feet than a good pair of leather brogues. There were others on stage well attired in their kilts and footwear. I am amazed that nobody told this guy that sneakers are not worn with a kilt.

I blame the MANAGEMENT for this. They should have not let this happen.

First the programs and then this. What was this. Affront the audience week?

3. One piper, who used Smallpipes most of the time.

This was, and IF you had a program you would see that, billed as a ‘Scottish Highland Celebration’. So how come we only got 2 minutes 20 seconds of Great Highland Bagpipes? The rest of the time it was bellows-powered, small pipes with the drone ‘muted’.

One piper. We had one piper, with proper Highland pipes, at our wedding and we never billed that as a Highland Celebration.

I expected that we would start proceedings with some full-blooded piping. We in New England have no shortage of good pipers. One piper with small pipes. That the Highland Pipes would have been too overpowering for an indoor event. This was Revels. Celebration. I give you, with PRIDE, the “Red Hot Chilli Pipers” with three pipers in full blast, at the ‘Capitol Center for the Arts’, in Concord, NH, in 2014. Now that was a BLAST.

To make it worse the smallpipes were not properly amplified. The first time they played, halfway through, they started sounding ‘funky’. Like somebody turned on some other instrument. In the second half, the first time they were used, the cord may have been loose, but it ‘pop’, ‘crackled’ and ‘hissed’. People noticed it. I looked around. Now if you had DRONES that would have drowned out all that interference.

4. The cute kids at the front, for the ‘Auld’, didn’t cross arms!

Well at the start I did say that the ‘Auld Lang Syne’ was done, by the adults to near perfection. But they had a dozen or so very cute kids right at the front who just held hands without them crossed. PLEASE, as a father of four, do NOT tell me that kids cannot cross their arms. The kids would have loved it. They just had to be told. You cross your arms. What gives.

After the show, as is our wont, we went across the road, to the pub, for dinner. And, of course, we talked about the show. We had taken a friend of Deanna’s. Her first Revels. NO PROGRAM. She is Scottish. She, without being asked, commented about the pipes!

Deanna noticed that there was no ‘Horn Dance’ and that is as Scottish as it can get.

Also seemed very short. When ‘Lord of the Dance’ came around we looked around at each other. Seemed it came rather fast. BUT without a program we had no idea where we were. The whole show, with the intermission, appeared to have been about 1 hour 40 minutes long. We were done well before 7pm (having started at 5pm). The Revels last week 2.5 hours long (with the 15 minute intermission).

On the way Deanna made this very telling comment: “Maybe next year we should just go to Cambridge.” Yikes! I hope not. Revels North is still OUR Revels.

Lets us see what they do to recompense for these faux pas.


Fabulous Cambridge 2015 Christmas Revels, The ‘Welsh Celebration’ — More Pictures.

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MORE pictures of this FANTABULOUS show provided by Revels.

Photographs by (and copyright belonging to) Roger Ide.

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This, from the obligatory and brilliantly done “Mummer’s Play”, captures very high quality of the costumes and overall production.

This red Welsh dragon was a Masterpiece.

Not sure why the two poles for holding up the large arms had to be so long. Maybe it was for balance though I have to think that the physicists that can be readily found in Cambridge could have come up with a way to make the poles shorter. 

Great sequence.


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“Journey To The North Pole”, “The Polar Express”, Conway & Lincoln (NH) — 2015.

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Having heard numerous radio commercials for this ‘Polar Express‘, I decided to check it out because we have never done it.

Of course anything to do with trains has appeal and given that I am a sucker for Christmas, this is perfect synergy.

OK. I made a phone call and can share some IMPORTANT information with you.

1/ They do NOT, I repeat, NOT, have a steam train any longer — despite the prominent picture on their Website. They had a steam engine JUST ONCE a few years ago. So IF you are expecting steam you will be disappointed in that the only steam you will get is that from the hot chocolate.

2/ The trains leave from both North Conway and Lincoln (i.e., ‘Loon‘). BUT the trains do not go from one station to the other, i.e., it is not a North Conway <-> Lincoln train ride. The trains go to the ‘North Pole’ from each station. So it is a different ride, both 2 hours in total, depending on which station you pick. Got that? From what I can see the rails from Lincoln, by and large, go south towards Woodstock. From North Conway you can (and we have) gone north to Bartlett etc. I get a feeling that North Conway is THE better deal. I could be wrong. IF you know otherwise please share.

3/ A bit pricey.

4/ Most (if not all) the weekend departures from N. Conway are already sold out — at least online.


The Historic “Tower Of London” Paul Cummins’ Ceramic Red Poppies, All 888,246, SOLD OUT.

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Well that is all good news. I am happy.

Click here to go to the ‘6 charities’ referred to in the notice.

OK. Given my wont and bent I did some sums. The poppies were £25 each (without shipping and handling).

So 888,246 poppies should have generated £22.2 Million. [At the current £1 = $1.46 that is $32.4 million. Not shabby at all, at all.]

[There are saying that they only sold 860,000. That would have generated £21.5 Million. I can believe that 28,246 were given to folks, got damaged etc.]

So at £1.2 Million per charity they have distributed £7.2 Million. That is 32.4%.

OK. Yes, there were costs. I assume Paul Cummins got a cut too. But, 32.4%. Hhhmmm.

Yes, they say that more might be distributed. I hope so.

Am I the ONLY one who has done the sums. I would have liked to see the number closer to 50%.


I just checked eBay. True to the policy they instituted, there are NO ceramic poppies per for sale. Just a lot of expensive artwork and posters.

I have mixed feelings about this. How long will they keep the policy in place. What happens IF my kids want to sell my poppy 10 years from now. I think it would be good to have a 1 year moratorium. Then it should be a free market.

I checked the Web as a whole. Couldn’t find any so to speak. So, GOOD JOB.


Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2014: Sneak Peek At The Possible Georges Duboeuf Label Design.


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 Anura GurugeI can’t hardly wait. I am all set. I can already feel that warm, fruity, somewhat earthy, very satisfying flavor in my mouth.

I contacted Georges Duboeuf a couple of weeks ago and got two e-mails yesterday saying that I have been added to the list that will updates on the progress of the Beaujolais Nouveau. I am psyched. So I will be in a position to keep you abreast even better.

So heads up. The season is upon us. Let us enjoy. Life is short, Beaujolais Nouveau is a joy.


Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 Should Still Be Good In January, February Or Even Into March 2014.

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On Monday of this week I was surprised to see that Market Basket in Concord had about 6 bottles of the 2013 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau tucked away on one of their end-cap shelves. Wow. It was still marked at the original $10.99 price.

Got me thinking. There is NO REASON not to buy a bottle or two even now.

I drank my second bottle earlier this week. It was still outstanding. IF anything it wasn’t as tart, i.e., it was real gentle on the palate.

That Beaujolais Nouveau turns to vinegar in a few months is not really the case. As I just said I drank a 2013 bottle earlier this week — and it was FINE, just as I had expected it to be. This is NOT the first time I have drunk Beaujolais Nouveau in January or February.

In some past years the N.H. Liquor Store would start discounting the Nouveau come the next year. IF I happened to see such a mark-down I was known to typically grab some. I have never been disappointed. But, yes, this can be vintage dependent — though I am fairly sure that today’s vinters do put some amount of ‘preservatives’ into the Nouveau to keep it stable on the long, bumpy trip over the U.S. of A. So, I think that helps.

Bottom line, if you see a bottle grab it, especially if it has been discounted. It is worth the risk. I can’t see it getting too ‘tart’ this quickly. Have a glass and say ‘Cheers to the Good Life’.

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Portsmouth, N.H. Liquor Store Has A TON Of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 — IF You Still Have A Hankering.

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P1090165I happened to stop by yesterday when we were in Portsmouth and was amazed to see that they still had this much left.

That is good, though I was very surprised.

The Wolfeboro N.H. Liquor Store had been sold out for weeks.

I tried to get some sense out of the employees but, alas, they are not Beaujolais Nouveau experts. To them it is just another brand that they stock. They can’t remember whether these are cases left over from the original shipment in November or whether they got a recent shipment. If they got a second shipment — that seems strange. You would have thought that they would have got everything out for THE DAY.

But this is good news. Storm the store. Buy it all up while they have some in store.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 May Already Be SOLD OUT In New Hampshire, If Not The U.S. High Demand, Less Stock.

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On Thursday, December 5, 2013, while in Wolfeboro for Devanee’s Clearlakes Chorale practice I swung by the New Hampshire Liquor Store there to see how the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 was doing. I was even planning to buy two more bottles given how much I enjoyed the bold taste of this year’s pressing.

I was foiled.

They were sold out.

They were sold out on the DAY. But, for Wolfeboro that meant November 22, 2013. Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 day + 1.

Appears that that they didn’t get their shipment delivered till Friday. Dear, dear, dear.

I am so glad that I bought mine, on the day, in Portsmouth.

Also appears that they ONLY got 2 cases.

They had got 14 cases last year. This year, citing production restrictions due to a smaller harvest, which I had heard about, Wolfeboro was told that they would only get 5 cases.

In the end they got 2.

Somebody came and bought a complete case. That left one. The bottles from that were gone that very day.

This is good — in a way. I am glad.

It was a good wine. I still have an unopened bottle. I will check around to see if any are still available in N.H. or the Web.