On March 17, the Bandera Natural History Museum hosted a musical performance by Celtic Comfort a five-member band played a variety of tunes from soulful ballads to rousing jigs.
The music was sometimes sad and mournful as the members played the string bass, guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and mandolin.
As the day was overcast and cool, the band performed for the gathered parents while the children played in the background. Celtic Comfort played a wide selection of music during their one-hour performance at the Museum. Band members laughed with each other as they began tunes that were at once familiar and Celtic in origin.
The music was evocative of an Irish pub. This music was not Enya, it was the music of the common man who celebrated their Irish heritage. The group even wore their tartans while they played. The whole experience transported listeners to the Emerald Isle.
The striking songs commemorated Celtic traditions like whiskey drinking and true love. The group changed the pace frequently and kept the concert light but meaningful. While not all the listeners were Irish, everyone left with the Irish spirit thoroughly infused in their hearts.
Museum Board President Sully Woodland remarked, “It was a great performance; they played all kinds of music. If you can’t get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with that, you can’t get into it with anything.”
“Bill O’Connor recommended the band. We felt it would make our St. Patrick’s Day special. Everyone has really enjoyed them. It’s been a very busy day for us. Today was our busiest day so far this week with 190 visitors,” commented the Museum's Managing Director, Maggie Schumacher.
Celtic Comfort is based out of Comfort, Texas. They have been playing and enjoying each others’ company since 2012. For more information, go to their Facebook page.