From: Karen Ryan [k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net]

Sent: 07 February 2012 14:49

Subject: Brian Rooney - TG4 Musician of the Year/ Mick O'Connor new Tues session in Holloway/ Night for Sonya Rose tonight/ Annual Burke Memorial Master sessions (Feb/ March)/ St Patrick's Day Festival at the Roundhouse


Sorry that I haven’t been in touch for a while – I have been experiencing problems sending emails and am about to change my system for doing this – you may receive an email asking if you are happy to subscribe to my list to receive information about Irish music events in London – please can you give a positive response to remain on my list once the system changes. I don’t want to lose any willing recipients in the coming weeks. Thanks. Karen


Included in this email:


Huge congratulations to TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2012 Award Winners, in particular London’s own:


Brian Rooney who will receive Musician of the Year Award and

Danny Meehan who will receive Lifetime Achievement Award


The Award Ceremony will take place in March at the University of Limerick Concert Hall, more details to follow


So well deserved for these two fine musicians and gentlemen J


See details of other TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award winners in the Irish Times article here:



Night for Sonya Rose (London Irish singer/ guitarist who passed away last week) tonight at Filthy McNasty’s, 68 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UU


More details here:!/events/244521652295304/




Weekly Saturday night session in Toolan's, North Finchley.


9pm with regular hosts Gary Connolly (accordion), Karen Ryan (fiddle) and Pete Quinn (keyboard)


Hope to see loads of you there soon J

Walking distance from Woodside Park tube (Northern Line).

See for directions:

Toolan's, 866 High Road, London N12 9RH (just up from Tally Ho corner).


London Fiddle Convention – Sunday 19th February 2012

There are few cities in the world with a more rich and diverse musical culture than London, and this is certainly reflected in the quality and variety of fiddling talent found here. The London Fiddle Convention has been running now for 20 years, showcasing a huge range of fiddle styles

Performers this year include: Jyotsna Srikanth (Indian/fusion), Chris Dyer (Nyckelharpa), The English String Band , Bob Winquist (Bluegrass), Chris Haigh (jazz), Pete Cooper (English), Karen Ryan (Irish)

The 20th annual London Fiddle Convention will be held in 2012 at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, LONDON NW1 7AY

Concert £12 / £9 Concessions
Single Workshop £10 / £8 Concessions
Two Workshops £18 / £14 Concessions
Contest Free
Day Pass (all events) £24 / £18 Concessions
Children 12 and under free with a paying adult
Doors open at noon, all tickets available on the day


Mick O’Connor (banjo) and friends will be starting a new weekly session Tuesday 21 February, 9pm

At a new pub in Holloway:

The Lamb, 54 Holloway Road, London N7 8JL

(see below for location)




Director of Music at The Irish Cultural Centre, Brendan Mulkere has selected a line-up of some of the leading names in Irish Traditional Music to deliver a series of Master Workshops & accompanying concerts here at ICC during the months of February & March. This series of workshops will now become an Annual Memorial to the late Joan and John Burke for their remarkable personal contribution and dedication to Irish Culture. The Burke's ran the
West London branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Gasra Na nGael, which are both linked to the Irish Cultural Centre. See below or visit our website for more info.

Workshops include:
Jean-Michel Veillon - Flute
Mícheál O'Raghallaigh - Concertina
Mary Bergin - Whistle
John Carty - Banjo
Aidan Burke – Fiddle

Full info here:

The Master Workshops run from 11am - 4pm with an hour's break for lunch.

Each Workshop costs just £25/£20 concession (Your workshop ticket entitles you to entrance to one of the evening concert for just £5 on the door.)

All enquiries to Brendan Mulkere at jmulkere_at_hotmail_dot_com or 078 7981 1354     

Sat 18th Feb - 11am
Jean-Michel Veillon was a child prodigy on the bombarde, that piercing woodwind characteristic of Breton music. Later in life, he became interested in Irish music, particularly the wooden flute, which was not played in
Brittany. Through his exemplary work with groups like Galorn, Kornog, Barzaz, Den, and Pennou Skoulm, Veillon has made the wooden flute an acceptable instrument in the Breton music tradition.
Jean-Michel will also play a concert in the evening, joined by Limerick University Master's Tutor and flute player Niall Keegan - Your workshop ticket entitles you to entrance to this concert for just £5 on the door.

Sat 3rd March - 11am
Bergin was exposed to the music of many renowned musicians from an early age, but her style is particularly influenced by flute player Packie Duignan and the whistle playing of Willie Clancy. She plays the whistle “left-handed” and her playing is characterized by great feeling, technical virtuosity, and a respect for the music. Music scholar Fintan Vallely has described her playing as “brightly ornamented but uncluttered”, with “crisp articulation.”
Mary Bergin & John Carty will also play a concert in the evening - Your workshop ticket entitles you to entrance to this concert for just £5 on the door.

Also on Sat 3rd March - 11am
Born in
London, John Carty has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music and as a staunch supporter of its preservation. Carty developed his love for fiddle, banjo, and flute, all of which he has mastered, through his multi-instrumentalist father who was a member of the Glenside Ceili Band in London in the 1960’s.
Mary Bergin & John Carty will also play a concert in the evening - Your workshop ticket entitles you to entrance to this concert for just £5 on the door.

Sat, 25 Feb - 11am
Mícheál hails from a very musical family in
County Meath. He has played concertina and accordion from an early age. Micheál has taught workshops and has toured all over Europe and the USA and was a founding member of the group, Providence. He was also a member of the All-Ireland winning Naomh Padraig and Táin Céilí Bands.

Sat 10th March - 11am
Aidan Burke's background is steeped in Irish musical tradition, his parents being Joan and John Burke after whom these Memorial Workshops are named. He can claim heritage with the famous
Sligo fiddle players. A highly versatile and skillful fiddle player, he combines old traditional components with innovative and creative stylistic elements. He has vast experience playing all over Europe, the UK and Ireland with his band who present an electrifying ensemble of traditional music including creations of their own.

Book your tickets here:

The Master Workshops run from 11am - 4pm with an hour's break for lunch.

Each Workshop costs just £25/£20 concession (Your workshop ticket entitles you to entrance to one of the evening concert for just £5 on the door.)

All enquiries to Brendan Mulkere at jmulkere_at_hotmail_dot_com or 078 7981 1354     

The Irish Cultural Centre,
3 Blacks Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT, 020 8563 8232,


'Echoes of Erin' annual Comhaltas tour of Britain 25/2 - 3/3/12. London concert Sunday 26th February 2012 Haringey Irish Centre


Hear ye, hear ye! Come and see some of the stars of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Details of the Comhaltas 'Echoes of Erin' concert tour are available at 

London concert is 8 p.m. Sunday 26th February, Haringey Irish Centre, Pretoria Rd., Tottenham, N17 8DX.

Ticket prices: Adult £10; Child £5; Family - Maximum of £30 per family, including parents and children.


Please contact the following for tickets, making any cheque payable to ‘London & Southern Regional Board CCE’.

Michael Nevin 63 Berkley Gardens, Winchmore Hill, London, N21 2BE   Mobile: 07931 730 321

Mr Pat Connolly 142 Carlton Avenue West, Wembley, Middx HA0 3QX  Mobile:07957 364 516

Thomas Beaumont 31 Lacland House, Cremorne Estate, Chelsea, London SW10 0BP  Mobile: 07896 903 647


Thomas Beaumont

Hon. Secretary, London & Southern Regional Board of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann



CIFD presents with John Patrick Griffin


St Patrick’s Day at the Roundhouse

A Celebration of Irish Music and Culture

Saturday 17 March 2012


Evening from 6pm

Camille O’Sullivan


Damien O’Kane, Hot Sprockets, London Lasses (late night ceili)


St Patrick’s Day alldayer from 2pm



This celebration of Irish music and culture takes the traditional and gives it a contemporary twist. It’s headlined by Cork’s dynamic chanteuse, Camille O’Sullivan - “a cross between Patti Smith, Sally Bowles and PJ Harvey” (The Scotsman). Playing a full set with her band “this princess of darkness, mirth, merriment and soul baring” (Edinburgh Herald) has built her award winning reputation with red hot torch song interpretations of the work of Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Kurt Weill.


Her gifts as a performer have created a veritable blizzard of awards ranging from an ‘Olivier Award’, 2009 and ‘Spirit of The Edinburgh Fringe’, 2007 to ‘Best Music Brighton Festival’, 2005 to ‘Irish Tatler’s Woman of the Year’, 2011. She has been nominated for the Time Out Cabaret Awards 2012.


Her reviews speak for themselves -


She is at her best - which is ravishing - when the star is her singing voice: a deep, sultry instrument that might have been created to express desolate love”, Guardian.


Intense... emotional... hypnotic... such an outpouring of passion you can't resist being drawn into her web (5 stars)”, Independent.


When she sings it's as though her breath is soaked in paraffin; one spark, and the whole room would ignite”, Daily Telegraph.


Raunchy, dangerously fragile... a vocal talent and stage presence like no other singer today”, Edinburgh Evening News.


From Coleraine in Co. Derry, banjo player and singer Damien O’Kane is probably best known for his cracking contribution to Anglo-Irish folk super group Flook, but he is now making a considerable name for himself in his own right – “relaxed, assured and recorded with loving care O’Kane effortlessly adds his name to the proud history of outstanding Ulster singers”, fRoots.


The Hot Sprockets hail from the delta blues mecca that is, South Dublin. Their video ‘Cruzin’ was nominated for best video and best group at the recent Irish Music Television Awards, where they also headlined the show. The Hot Sprockets have previously supported the likes of The Zutons, Divine Comedy, The View, Peter Hook and Ida Maria.


The best female group in Irish music” according to the Irish American News, the London Lasses and Pete Quinn will be ending the celebrations with a late night céilí open to all, with dance caller Jocelyn Armitage. Over the past decade they have brought their unique sound to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, where the band performed the first ever BBC Proms céilí in 2008.


St. Patrick’s Day All dayer!


Immerse yourself in a day of Irish Culture and Music throughout the Roundhouse. With Jaquelyn Hynes & Friends, followed by Orlaith and the Lemons traditional Irish music sessions. Tad Sargent leads a Bodhran workshop (beginners – drum provided). The Long Notes Camden’s favourites, welcome in the evening with a distinctive folk, roots and celtic sound..


Paint your own Blarney stone, listen in wonder to our Irish storyteller's magical tales of legend, and hunt for gold at the end of the rainbow. Explore a selection of stalls whilst feasting on homemade Irish stew. Whet your cultural appetite with a day of visual and performance art.


The studio theatre features an array of stunning Irish folk musicians. Headliner Kal Lavelle, will charm you with her beautiful song-craft, having supported the likes of James Brown and Ed Sheeran. Oh Ruin merges Irish tones with the sounds of Bon Iver and Bill Callahan. Maria Byrne and the Broken String creates a unique blend of folk pop and country. Treat your ears to the captivating fiddle player Alastair Caplin plus Rhob Cunningham and Jenny Lindfors, two of Ireland’s most promising singer songwriters at our St. Patrick’s Day Hootenanny.



St Patrick’s Day Alldayer

Date: Saturday 17 March 2012

Time: 14:00 – 18:00

Price: £2

Booking: / 0844 482 8008


St Patricks Day at the Roundhouse: Camille O’Sullivan, Damien O’Kane, Hot Sprockets, London Lasses with Pete Quinn

Date: Saturday 17 March 2012

Time: 18:00 till late

Price: £17.50

Booking: / 0844 482 8008


Press Contact:

Debbie Dickinson 07774 153896 d.j.dickinson_at_city_dot_ac_dot_uk

Grace Bryan grace_bryan91_at_hotmail_dot_com


ABOUT CIFD presents

A chance meeting and a shared passion for Irish music has brought together the well respected Return to Camden Town festival, the new generation of event producers from City University’s first Creative Industries Undergraduate programme - CIFD presents - and the local Irish businessman John Patrick Griffin to produce this Irish music and culture St Patrick’s Day extravaganza in the iconic setting of the Roundhouse.


Saturday 31st March 2012

Album Launch of the debut solo CD by Karen Ryan – ‘The Coast Road

At The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7NL


This evening Karen will be joined by Pete Quinn (piano), Conor Doherty (guitar), Gary Connolly (accordion), Colman Connolly (uilleann pipes), Elaine Conwell and Teresa Connolly (fiddles)

More details:

Ireland launch dates in April tba (full website under construction)

‘Sweet and neat would not be a sufficient description of this no less than great recording. Musical sincerity and yearning for the fifth dimension comes to mind.’

Danny Meehan

‘Karen is one of our great musicians here in London. She plays with fluency, great control and beautiful tone…’

Brian Rooney

‘This is a lovely CD from Karen displaying her numerous skills on a variety of instruments. She has a personal style with strong, rhythmic, expressive tones’

Brendan McGlinchey

‘The Coast Road’ by Karen Ryan is due for release on Cló-Iar Chonnacht in March 2012


Regular session at the Kilkenny Tavern on every Tuesday night starting around 9pm with Alan and Clare O’Leary, Brendan McAuley and friends, also every Sunday from 6pm session with John Bowe and friends
The Kilkenny is beside South Wimbledon Tube Station, Northern Line.


Message from Alan O’Leary:


Hello Friends,
This is your monthly reminder that our latest podcast Copperplate Podcast 147 is now accessible thru ITunes or from
Hope you enjoy our efforts, if so please spread the word.

Copperplate Podcast 147

1. Gerry Diver: The Bath Set. Diversions
2. Luke Daniels: The Gooseberry Bush/The Rainy Day/Spike Island Lasses. The Mighty Box
. London Lasses: The Mickey Dam. Enchanted Lady
4. Liam Kelly: Humours of Lissadel/Queen of May/ Green Gates. Sweet Wood
5. Michael Coleman: Cherish The Ladies.  Michael Coleman 1891 – 1945
6. Louise Killeen: Ease Up On me Dear.  Brilliant Tease
7. Brian Conway:  Tailor’s Twist/Galway Bay/O’Kelly’s Fancy.         Consider The Source
8. Ben Lennon & Tony O’Connell: Mulhaire’s#9/The Banks of the Illen.     Rossinver Braes
9. Shaskeen: Angel’s Whisper. Walking Up Town
10. MacDara O’Raghallaigh:  Tommy Coen’s/The Glen of Aherlow/Porthole of the Kelp/Maid Behind the Bar. Ego Trip
11. Micheal O’Raghallaigh, Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh & Catherine McEvoy: Throw It Across/Maid in the Cherry Tree/Jenny Picking Cockles. Comb Your Hair & Curl It.
12. Raw Bar Collective:  Joe Burke’s/The Upperchurch/The Lonesome Polkas. Millhouse Measures.

So saddened to hear of the passing of Micheal Hynes, the wonderful musician and academic from Galway whose music can be hear on CICD 186 Sidhe Ceol.
It won instrumental album of the year from R.I.P.

Congrats to our friends who have won this year’s Gradams from TG4, the Irish gaelic language TV service.

Trad Musician of the year: Brian Rooney, Leitrim/London Fiddler.

Young musician of the year: Caoimhin Fearghail, a brilliant young multi instrumentalist from Ring Co Waterford.

Young Trad singer of the Year: Nell ni Chroinin, vocalist on Millhouse Measures by Raw Bar Collective

Life Time Contribution: Eithne & Brian Vallely: founders of the Armagh Pipers Club

Composer of the year: Paddy O’Brien

Lifetime Achievement: Danny Meehan

More info here





Message from Orlaith McAuliffe – East London Comhaltas


On SATURDAY - 28th JANUARY 2012 ... 


our brand NEW EAST LONDON COMHALTAS CLASS will be starting!!! 

The classes are available for and welcome budding musicians of all standards, at:

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph...
204 High Street,

Waltham Cross,




From: 10am - 12pm  - every Saturday! 
We have two fantastic musicians Kieran Leonard (tin whistle, flute, bodhran) and Aileen Geoghegan (concertina and button accordion) who will be teaching and running the classes !!!
£5 per class!!!! 
Most instruments are catered for and EVERYBODY is welcome! :-) Spread the word !!!!



Also.... our East London January Session takes place

FRIDAY 27TH JANUARY 2012 (tomorrow night!!!)

in the Haringey Irish Centre -

As always, everybody is more than welcome to come along from 9pm onwards, for a great night of Trad! 
Please Note:Our  Monday night East London Classes  will continue  to be held every Monday evening (School Term Time) at:

Ilford Catholic Club (Guild Hall)
324 High Road,


 .........   under the guidance of Samantha Sloan! Feel free to come along - and email for more info!!!




That's all for now folks!


Speak soon !!!!



Orlaith xxx




Saturday 14th April, Andy Irvine at The London Irish Centre, Camden Square NW1

See here for more details: