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The Russian Celtic Association burst into life last Friday
in a late night of Celtic passion, heartfelt music and throbbing techno.
Various groups came together at Pilot nightclub to launch the society and,
in the words of the first secretary at the Irish Embassy, "to keep Irish
and Celtic culture alive".
Pilot nightclub wasn't perhaps the ideal choice. The Celts
were a warrior race who could put the fear of God into their enemies with
their magnificent physique, burnished hair and battle prowess. Sadly Pilot
makes do with an odd-job crew of military garbed neanderthal bouncers wielding
Entry was half-price to anyone in kilts but the only taker
seemed to be the lone bagpiper who started the show. Flanked on the stage
by two large shamrocks, ginger beard bristling around the instrument, he
remained impassive as a woman from the crowd jumped on the stage and danced
a reel in front of him.
Telenn Gwad (or Bleeding Harp), led by Oleg Boiko and
with a flautist who wouldn't have looked out of place in The Chieftains,
followed playing a gentle set of Breton music. Perfect for a winter night
in a snug Irish pub, it