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March 17, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Music out of this world

There once was a lass of Eire

Who wished to fly most dearly

They said she acted flighty

She said, “All righty.”

Then Astronaut Cady celebrated quite cheerily.

St Patrick's Day in space. "International Space Station Expedition 27 flight engineer, astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman, on Saint Patrick's Day (March 17) 2011 in the cupola in the space station. (Image: NASA)

A St. Patrick’s Day to remember: Cady Coleman on the  International Space Station, March 17, 2011. (PD Image: NASA/

“International Space Station Expedition 27 flight engineer/ astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman shows off a traditional Irish flute and a tin whistle she brought to the station in her small allotment of personal items. Coleman has Irish ancestry on both sides of her family and she played the two instruments illustrated during an international broadcast from earth orbit to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Coleman brought her own flute into space, another belonging to Ian Anderson of the rock music group Jethro Tull, and the two instruments shown, belonging to the Irish music group, The Chieftains. The larger instrument in the picture is a hundred-year-old flute belonging to Matt Molloy, and the smaller tin whistle or penny whistle belongs to Paddy Maloney. The recording of Coleman’s Saint Patrick’s Day performance on NASA TV was later included in a track called “The Chieftains In Orbit” on their 2012 album, Voice of Ages.” (Source: NASA)

Just a little note from above

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 17 2021 6:58 am

    oh what a fab photo with a super story behind…. happy st. paddy day

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 17 2021 10:08 am

      Paws up for leprechauns!- as fun to chase as squirrels says Molly
      Happy St Patrick’s day and thanks for dancing along


  2. shoreacres / Mar 17 2021 8:05 am

    I love that she had Ian Anderson’s instrument. Jethro Tull’s a favorite here — even though it took me years to figure out (1) today’s Jethro Tull is a group, not a person, and (2) the 18th century Jethro Tull was a person — a British agriculturalist. Rock on!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 21 2021 1:19 pm

      An agriculturalist! Cool. ( any chance we could encourage some angryculturalists to recycle themselves into more productive agriculturalists? HaHa)
      Thanks for floating by

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  3. disperser / Mar 17 2021 9:58 am

    Appropriate for the space-related post, Orion (and the album it’s on, Stormwatch) is one of my favorite of Thull’s (along with Heavy Horses).

    It’s weird that a number of British folks I’ve crossed paths with are not particularly fond of Jethro Thull. Never had a good explanation why.

    As for the Chieftains, a recent favorite of mine . . .

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 21 2021 1:16 pm

      While both those groups seem to me to be Stellas, it’s interesting which people enjoy them and which ones don’t. (bound to be a research study grant available for that? HAHA)
      Thanks for joining in.


  4. marina kanavaki / Mar 17 2021 10:53 am

    Brilliant!!!! Ian Anderson & Chieftains will now refer to their flutes as ‘Heavenly’ flutes!!! Wow! Happy st. Paddy Day! 🍀

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  5. sustainabilitea / Mar 17 2021 1:28 pm

    Love the Chieftains and other Irish groups and Irish music. Just MHO, but don’t give up your day job to become an internationally recognized poet. 🙂


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  6. Anne Mehrling / Mar 17 2021 9:27 pm

    That was a great St. Patrick’s Day post. I’m still wearing shamrock earrings while here on your blog.

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  7. Ally Bean / Mar 19 2021 9:40 am

    This music puts a new spin on the word ‘ethereal.’ Just beautiful. I love it and feel transported away from my cares.

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