From: Karen Ryan [k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net]

Sent: 12 March 2012 11:23

Subject: Special Deal on tix for St Patrick's Day at Roundhouse/ Meitheal Cheoil Family Ceili _at_ LIC this Fri-FREE/ Gaelic Voices Festival this Sun/ Karen Ryan's album launch dates - 31st March (London) & April in Ireland


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St Patrick's Day is nearly here :-) Can't wait to spend the entire day and night at the iconic Roundhouse, surrounded by great music, lovely food and drink, daytime activities for all - really no need to go anywhere else! There's a special deal on tickets for the evening concert and c?i? (featuring the Damien O'Kane Trio, The Hot Sprockets, Camille O'Sullivan and late night c?il? with The London Lasses and Pete Quinn plus caller Jocelyn Armitage) for people on this mailing list, when you go to book your tickets type in the code: cifd17 to get evening tix for ?12.50 instead of ?17.50 (If you?re staying for the duration you might as well book your daytime ticket while you?re at it ? a nominal ?2 just to make sure that numbers don?t get to dangerous levels)


Daytime events start at 2pm and includes sessions by Orlaith McAuliffe, Bryony and Grace Lemon, Paddy Egan, Sam Proctor and friends/ Irish singer-songwriters in the studio theatre/ treasure hunt, performance by The Long Notes, Irish stalls, food and drink and more ? Tickets for all dayer:


Tickets for evening concert and c?il?:


Make sure you buy your tickets now ? don?t be disappointed. late night c?i? with The London Lasses and Pete Quinn, with caller Jocelyn Armitage) - ?12.50 instead of ?17.50 for friends of RtCT/ The Lasses :-) Just go to the tickets page and type in the code: cifd17 to get the special rate. Daytime tickets (a nominal ?2 just to ensure numbers don't reach dangerous levels) are also for sale now. Really looking forward to seeing loads of you there Kx



Meitheal Cheoil Family C?il? ? FREE

This Friday 16th March

7.30pm, McNamara Hall, London Irish Centre

50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB

All welcome

Music provided by members of Meitheal Cheoil music classes (Camden and Holloway) and teachers Karen Ryan and Kathy Walton, dances called by Jocelyn Armitage




London Gaelic Voices Festival

Sunday 18th March, 2012 at London Irish Centre, Camden

12-4 Workshops in piping, song, flute & guitar. ?4 each

4-7 Open session of music and song. FREE

7.30-11 Concert. ?10 Tickets:

Facebook event:

For more information or to reserve workshop places, please email James McDonald at westlondon_at_comhaltas_dot_net



Saturday 31st March 2012

Album Launch of the debut solo CD by Karen Ryan ? ?The Coast Road? (CD now for sale at:

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:

Monday 9th April: Harcourt Hotel, Dublin

Tuesday 10th April: O?Sullivan?s Courthouse, Dingle, Co. Kerry

Wednesday 11th April: Pepper?s, Feakle, Co. Clare

Thursday 12th April: Cryan?s, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Friday 13th April: The Crane, Galway City (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 Cl?-Iar Chonnacht in March 2012


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 on Saturday 24th March


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:



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


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

(St Patrick?s night session will be hosted by Angela Brooks (fiddle), Conor Doherty (guitar) and friends


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).




Mick O?Connor (banjo), Barbara Hackett (accordion) and Mick Bailey (guitar) 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)



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




Following a rapturous reception at Glasgow's O2 ABC Celtic Connections Festival, The Long Notes next public London concert is on Friday 13th April at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG


We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this wonderful venue's Friday Folk Union series. 


Kings Place is a hub for music, art, dialogue and food, housed in an award-winning building in Kings Cross, London.  Since opening to the public in September 2008, a diverse and open minded programme has established Kings Place as one of Europe?s leading cultural landmarks. 


The Long Notes concert begins at 8pm. If you arrive early, you can enjoy cocktails on the terrace by Regent's Canal Battlebridge Basin, fine dining at Rotunda Restaurant or a quick bite at the Green & Fortune Cafe. Of course there is a full bar too! 


Ticket's are ?9.50 when booked online in advance.

Or telephone Box Office at 0207 5201490. 


We would be totally delighted to see you all there.


Spread the word and feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think may be interested. 


Best wishes,



Colette O'Leary


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

See here for more details:



Date for the diary:

As part of the Green Note Folk Festival (please note the different venue though)

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

The London Lasses and Pete Quinn with special guest Lorraine Jordan

The Old Queen?s Head, Essex Road, Islington, N1


Tickets now on sale at: