From: Karen Ryan [k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net]

Sent: 29 March 2012 09:45

Subject: 'The Coast Road' album launch this Sat and more...


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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:

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

?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 was released on Cl?-Iar Chonnacht earlier this month and is now available for a limited period at half price - if you can't make it to any of these launch dates, buy the CD now here: also CD or digital download at:


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

Brian Rooney - Musician of the Year Award and

Danny Meehan - Lifetime Achievement Award

The Award Ceremony took place at the University of Limerick Concert Hall on Saturday 24th March -

So well deserved for these two fine musicians and gentlemen J

The Award ceremony and concert will be aired on TG4 on Easter Sunday evening


Friday 30th March sees the coming together of some of the finest exponents of Irish Music from across Britain featuring Brian Kelly, Chris O'Malley, Alex Percy, Sam Proctor and Tad Sargent.

Brian Kelly took lessons from the influential Brendan Mulkere and went on to win All-Ireland titles on both the banjo and mandolin. Brian has been a familiar face on London's Irish circuit for some time now, having played with the likes of Gino Lupari (4 Men & a Dog), Pat Kilbride (Kips Bay, Battlefield Band) & Athena Tergis (Sharon Shannon Band) and Shane McGowan and the Popes.

Chris O'Malley (piano / piano accordion) is from Leeds and is highly sought after both as a tune player and backer. Chris learnt his music in the vibrant Leeds scene in the 80's and has played with a number of groups in Australia, Africa, Asia, The United States and Europe, most notably playing for the Irish Ambassador to Ethiopia for St Patricks day in Addis Ababa. He currently works as Director of the Irish Arts Foundation, an organisation dedicated to promoting Irish Arts in Britain.

Alex Percy is a second generation folk musician from Dorset performing music from the English, Irish and Scottish traditions on fiddle, guitar and vocals. 2011 saw him off on tour around Europe in his role as the English quarter of celtic tune maestros The Long Notes and also as duo with multi-instrumentalist Katherine Hurdley.

Sam Proctor from Nottingham is on fiddle. He is the anchor musician at many sessions in central London and has performed extensively throughout the UK, including at the Camden and Hammersmith Irish centres, the Return to Camden Town, Liverpool and Wimbourne Festivals, at the Leeds Gathering, and in Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square as part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

Tad Sargent is a well-known session musician in London, hosting the Thursday evening session at the Dukes Head in Richmond, and regularly performs with many of the best musicians in Town including Brian Kelly, The Long Notes, Darren Breslin and Dan Beinborm. He has also worked with Claire Tchaikwoski, Guy Richie's Punch Bowl Band, Fabrice DeGraef and has performed on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for Boris Purushottama and at the Irish Embassy on numerous occasions. He has also appeared on the BBC drama series ?Waking the Dead' and ?Friday Night is Music Night' on BBC Radio 2. Tad is the resident bodhr?n teacher at the Hammersmith Irish Cultural Centre.

Support is provided by well known London musicians, Orlaith and Brogan McAuliffe.

This promises to be a fantastic evening. For further information and tickets:

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith

Blacks Road

Hammersmith W6 9DT

Tel: 020 8563 8232



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

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

Jim Kane and friends taking the session reigns this Saturday..

Hope to see loads of you there soon Kx

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 148 is now accessible thru ITunes or from
Hope you enjoy our efforts, if so please spread the word.

Copperplate Podcast 148

1. Gerry Diver: The Bath Set Diversions.
2. Luke Daniels: Rogha an Ghabha/The Jolly Tinker/Gan Ainm. The Mighty Box
3. Hynes/Lennon/Cooney: Joe Bane's/Poll Halfpenny/Mrs Galvan's. Ceol Sidhe
4. Kevin Crawford: McHugh's/Michael Murphy's/Humours of Tullycrine. Carry The Tune
5. Raw Bar Collective: ca rabhais ar feadh an lae uaim. Millhouse Measures
6. Karen Ryan: Plains of Boyle/McGlinchey's/Walsh's. The Coast Road
7. Tommy McCarthy: The New Policeman/Ravelled Hank of Yarn. Sporting Nell
8. Danny Meehan: The Godfather/Wind That Shakes the Barley. Drimalost & Beyond
9. Mick Sands: The Slaves Lament. The Ominous & The Luminous
10. Paddy O'Brien: The Tinker's Occupation/The Rambling Reel. Mixing The Punch
11. Tommy McCarthy: The Limestone Rock/The Road to Lisdoonvarna. Sporting Nell
12. Paddy Carty & Conor Tully:
Red Tom of the Hills/Tommy Coen's. Trad Music of Ireland
13. Raw Bar Collective: Na Tailliuiri. Millhouse Measures
14. Kevin Crawford:
Repeal of the Union/The Ivy Leaf/The Hut on the Bog. Carrying the Tunes
15. Karen Ryan: The Limerick Lasses/Gatehouse Maid/Mountain Top. The Coast Road

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: