Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver, B.C. Photo by Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun
Written by Nila Gopaul. Originally posted to The Westcoast Reader, March 2015
St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday.
On this day, people celebrate
the life of St. Patrick.
St. Patrick was born in the year 387.
He brought Christianity to Ireland.
Experts believe St. Patrick
died on March 17, 461.
So this is the day the holiday is observed. Watch Irish dancing and listen to Irish language on the next page.
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Never gave up Tomlinson said, “You could just not buy them anywhere.”
But the young man did not give up.
He thought, “What the heck,
I’ve got a picture of one, I’ll build one.”
He built many of the four-stringed instruments
and could soon build one in less than a week.
New Challenge Tomlinson wanted a new challenge,
so he built a more difficult instrument.
He began building harpsichords
which can have up to 200 strings.
He makes them in his small workshop
behind his West Vancouver home.
Harpsichords had become popular in the 1950s
when baroque music became popular again.
Craig Tomlinson in his West Vancouver studio Photo – Courtesy of Craig Tomlinson
A French harpsichord made by Craig Tomlinson Photo – Courtesy of Craig Tomlinson