Festival of Lights and Other Videos

The Festival of Lights (French: Fête des lumières) in Lyon, France expresses gratitude toward Mary, mother of Jesus on December 8 of each year. This uniquely Lyonnaise tradition dictates that every house place candles along the outsides of all the windows to produce a spectacular effect throughout the streets. With over 4 million tourists coming to Lyon for this event,[1] the festival includes other activities based on light and usually lasts 4 days, with the peak of activity occurring on the 8th. The two main focal points of activity are typically the Basilica of Fourvière which is lit up in different colours, and the Place des Terreaux, which hosts a different light show each year.-Wiki

Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière during the Festival of Lights in Lyon

Today our post takes us to the Festival of Lights in Lyon France. My friend Jimmy handpicked all the videos in this post. You see, his choices are really interesting and refreshing. It’s nice to have him on board with us as we share the journey to Celtic music.


First of all I didn’t know if this video would work in wordpress. I tried but the embedding doesn’t work. You need to click the link to go to dailymotion. Out of these pipes those I found interesting are on the right side. Those big drones really enhance the deeper sound and softer quality of the melodies.

Sarah Jarosz, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas team up to perform SJ’s original tune “Run Away” at the fifth Transatlantic Sessions in rural Scotland, spring of 2011.

Who is Sarah Jarosz? And why is she making this warm airy acoustic sounds that borrow a lot from Bluegrass and Celtic music? I dug up info about her and found the following:

Home base: Texas

Date of Birth: May 23, 1991 (1991-05-23) (age 20)

First CD: Up ion Her Head

Other info: nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Country Instrumental Performance for the track “Mansinneedof” from that album

Second album:  Follow Me Down, was released by Sugar Hill Records on May 17, 2011.

Instruments: Mandolin, Bouzouki, banjo, guitar, vocals

Official site: http://sarahjarosz.com/


Some brilliant traditional Irish music from the TV series Geantrai at the pub Cruises Co. Clare.

Ok they look like they’re in a trance. I have to admit I remember the times when I used to comment in facebook a lot. But this time I will let you readers do the commenting. Well, if shyness does not prohibit you from saying something interesting.


The first of two JSM tracks filmed for the television programme Horo Gheallaidh on BBC Alba during Celtic Connections 2011 in Glasgow.

Broadcast date: Saturday, 1st October 2011. Tunes: Hello Poppet! (Jamie Smith) / The Hustler (Jamie Smith). Musicians: Jamie Smith (Accordion); Oliver Wilson-Dickson (Fiddle); Calum Stewart (Uilleann Pipes); Adam Rhodes (Bouzouki); Matt Downer (Bass); Iolo Whelan (Bodhran/Drums).

Permission was given by the makers of Horo Gheallaidh for this footage to be used by the band.

Been a fan of Jamie Smith’s Mabon for more than a year now.  What can I say, this band from Wales have the capacity to put listeners under their spell.


Ok apart from the amazing music I have to admit, that hairstyle and pair of glasses are interesting.


So I hope you enjoy our little trek into the wild side. This is with the help of my friend Jimmy.  I also want to thank Tim for telling me that the first video is available. My appreciation for his editing too .  So OK guys, take it easy, enjoy the rest of the evening. Hope to see you soon!


2 Replies to “Festival of Lights and Other Videos”

  1. That first video that you couldn’t imbed was great!! I love those pipes!! They certainly aren’t like any I have ever seen before, that’s for sure. And Sarah, she has a distinctley bluesy voice but this song is really beautiful. I really love that she’s singing with Alison Krause! Wow!

    The flutist and the others do seem to be in a trance – hyper focused of the music, I’ll bet. Lovely! Is that a mandolin, or bouzoukis? Really beautiful!!!

    I LOVE Mabon! Follow them whenever I can. They are simply fantastic and I love this tune!! I certainly agree with you on this group.

    Jimmy, this is a fabulous looks at where Celtic music really is!!! Great article, Bax.


  2. yay! Thanks Christi and yes this is a fab playlist. Looking forward for music in the next few days 🙂 Just finished my interview with a musician from Norway who likes Celtic music. Will be posting it here soon along with updates.


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