'Tis the season for reunions. First the Mamas and the Papas. Then the Hollies. Then the Animals. And now, Fast Flying Vestibule. Huh?
Until it disbanded in 1977, FFV spent five years enthralling Washington audiences with a mix of Irish dance tunes, old-time instrumentals and country songs. The demand for a reunion, according to Jesse Winch, was monumental--somebody brought it up near the Lincoln Memorial. "One of the reasons it's easy to do this," he adds, "is that we're all still around and while we're all doing different things, we're all still playing music."
Winch and his brother Terry went on to form the highly respected Celtic Thunder. Doug Pell moved to New York and started a small record company (he'll be coming down for a few tunes). Ric Sweeney works at Yes!, the Georgetown health food center, and plays in various folk dance bands. Alan Oresky is in the Fabrangen Fiddlers and Joe Stork runs the Mideast Research Information Project and plays in a couple of different groups, including Crooked Jack and the New Jive Bombers.
"We had one rehearsal and a lot of old things fell into place," Jesse Winch reports. "And Ric got married two weeks ago and we all ended up playing a few tunes at the wedding. It was a lot of fun and that's the whole point. If it meant doing any work, we wouldn't have done it. We always had a good time doing the music and that's why we wanted to do it again."
FFV will untrack itself at Ireland's Four Provinces on Tuesday with special guests, contests and dancing. the group will also tape this reunion--doesn't everybody?--but there are no plans to issue a recording. Not yet. FFV did release one album, now long out of print, on its own Rolling Donut label. The name was inspired by their parting words to an irascible record producer "after we decided to do it ourselves:we suggested he take a flying leap through a rolling doughnut."