Irish band Celtic Crossroads group gave a master class to Clover chorus and band students on Thursday before their concert at Clover School District Auditorium.
After a brief performance, musical director Michael McClintock took questions from the students. Here's a bit of what we heard:
Q: Are you all from Ireland?
A: All but one. I'm (McClintock) Australian.
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Q: Do ya'll yodel?
A: Isn't yodeling from Switzerland, not Ireland?
Q: Where do you play?
A: This tour is for America and we've been on the bus for about a month. The bus is our home -- it has two plasma TVs, 12 beds and two seating areas. If you decide to be a professional musician and tour around, that's the type of lifestyle you'll live. You go to sleep in one town and wake up at your next venue.
Q: For the dancers, how long did it take to get to this point?
A: One has been dancing since age 2 and the other since he was 12.
Q: How did the group form?
A: Crosby and his brother had the dream to make the band, held auditions and the band was formed. Who here wants to audition? (dozens of hands go up)
Q: Do ya'll know any Irish drinking songs?
A: (laughs) Lets' go to the next question.
Q: Where did the name Celtic Crossroads come from?
A: Hundreds of years ago, before there were cars and pubs, if you wanted to meet people you'd go to the crossroads between towns to socialize, sing, dance and tell stories. We wanted to bring that tradition to you and spread Irish music across the world.