Although it’s one of the world’s many modern miracles, airplanes and airports can still be pretty stressful.
On the one hand, it’s great during the holiday season to be able to get wherever we need to go to see our family relatively quickly.
On the other hand, it’s still a bit unnerving to fly through the air at the height of a mountain with nothing below you. Beyond the actual element of fear, there’s also the simple stress of making it through the airport and getting to a flight on time to contend with as well.
And this story illustrates that perfectly.
The video was posted online by Daoiri Farrell, an Irish folk singer.
For those who are unfamiliar, Farrell is a performer who was born in Dublin, Ireland. He plays traditional Irish folk music and has toured the world playing all kinds of songs, often with the group FourWinds.
As it turns out, Farrell was scheduled to be on a flight that was delayed along with fellow musicians Geoff Kinsella and Robbie Walsh. Although it would be easy to get irritated and disheartened in that situation, Farrell and his fellow musicians had a different idea.
They decided they would get a little bit of a jam session in to pass the time!
As the clip starts, the musicians start playing a plucky and upbeat folk rhythm in the airport.
Before long, plenty of other passengers are clapping along with the rhythm. To make sure the performance went well and everyone could get into it, the trio decided to play “The Galway Girl.”
The song was originally recorded by Steve Earle back in 2000, though it has since become something of a folk and Celtic standard for the Irish.
Needless to say, Farrell and his fellow musicians definitely picked correctly!
Although nobody was happy that their flight had been delayed, the upbeat playing has an energy that’s infectious.
By the time the group hits the chorus, everybody in the airport is singing along. As the song goes on, the musicians pause so that the passengers can do chants in between the verses as well!
Towards the end, Farrell lets out a call for everybody to clap and dance along. Although everyone has definitely had the experience of being stuck in an airport before, few people have ever had something so cheerful happen as a result!
When the performance is over, the trio gets a huge round of applause!
Since the clip was posted online, it has been viewed nearly 10 million times!
After watching it, it’s easy to see why the video has spread around so far. No matter how prepared and on schedule we are for important moments in life, there’s no telling when something could happen that throws a wrench in the works.
While it’s easy enough to tell people to stay positive, it’s a lot harder to actually do it in the moment. Fortunately, when people get together with music or other celebrations, it gets a lot easier to spread cheer and happiness all around—and these three musicians proved it!
Congratulations to Daoiri Farrell, Geoff Kinsella and Robbie Walsh on their amazing impromptu performance! Be sure to watch the whole thing in the link below:
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