From: Karen Ryan [k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net]

Sent: 05 June 2012 02:09

Subject: The London Lasses supporting The Chieftains/ Return to Camden Town Festival dates for 2012/ info re and more...



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Fri 8th June?????..


The Chieftains celebrate 50 years - in concert, support by The London Lasses and Pete Quinn


Royal Albert Hall

Fri 26-Sun 28 Oct & Fri 2-Sun 4 Nov 2012


14th Return to Camden Town Festival


London Irish Centre

Weekly on Fridays


8 June: Mick Mulvey, Dermot Burke, Reg Hall

15 June: James Carty, Sean?n McDonagh, Reg Hall

22 June: Karen Ryan, Paddy Egan, Peter McAlinden


The Auld Triangle, Finsbury Park

Weekly on Saturdays?...


9 June: Gary Connolly, Karen Ryan, Pete Quinn

16 June: Karen Ryan, Pete Quinn and friend


Toolan's Bar, North Finchley

Thurs 4th Oct


The Doyle Family and Thomas McCarthy


Cecil Sharp House

Available now????..


TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards Night 2012


A way to keep in touch with other musos ?.


Trad Connect


Weekly on Tuesdays??.


Session with Mick O'Connor (banjo), Goretti Anglim (flute) and Mick Bailey (guitar)


The Lamb, Holloway Road

Weekly on Tuesdays ??


Session with Alan and Clare O'Leary and Brendan McAuley


The Kilkenny Tavern

Weekly on Sundays??..


Session with John Bowe, Daire O'Neill and Peter Coughlan


The Kilkenny Tavern

Weekly on Sundays??..


Session with Foxy Finucane, Clare and Rosie O'Leary


The Ramble Inn, Tooting

Now available????...


Latest Copperplate Podcast 151



Friday 8th June 2012, 8pm

The Chieftains 50th Anniversary Tour Concert, with support by The London Lasses and Pete Quinn

Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, London SW1 2AP

I'm told there aren't many tix left, you can buy them here:  


Hope to see loads of you there.



Announcing Return to Camden Town Festival 2012:


The 14th Return to Camden Town Festival will take place over two long weekends:

Friday 26th - Sunday 28th October (Music) and Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th November (Dance) 2012

at the London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB and some satellite session venues.


Six days jam packed with the finest traditional Irish music, song and dance at concerts, c?il?s, workshops, sessions and more. This year's line up so far features TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year Award winner; Brian Rooney and Lifetime Achievement Award winner; Danny Meehan (with his legendary band, Le Ch?ile), as well as Kerry and Cork's finest; S?amus Begley and Jim Murray, Donegal's legendary fiddler and composer; Tommy Peoples, the internationally renowned home team; The London Lasses and Pete Quinn, the brilliant dancer and tutor; Mair?ad Casey plus many more tba ?


After RtCT's hugely successfully collaboration with John Patrick Griffin and City University's Creative Industries Department for the St Patrick's Day Festival at the Roundhouse earlier this year, we look forward to our upcoming preview events: Fleadh M?r at Camden Lock Market on August Bank Holiday Monday and Set Dancing C?il? in September.


For the most up to date information about Return to Camden Town Festival and preview events please connect with us on facebook at:, also check out


RtCT Festival are extremely grateful to its funders and sponsors for their continued support: Culture Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs, Addison Lee, Murphy's Group, Ardmore Group, O'Donovan Waste Disposal, The Irish World and The Irish Post



Delighted to announce that Eileen Joyce-Murray (Martin's sister) - new manager of the legendary Auld Triangle Bar in Finsbury Park - has restarted the weekly session on Fridays instead of Sundays (no getting up for work the next day :-)). There will be many of the usual suspects there every Friday at 9pm. Hope loads of you there in the coming weeks.


Friday 8th June: Mick Mulvey (flute), Dermot Burke (fiddle), Reg Hall (keyboard)

Friday 18th June: James Carty (flute), Sean?n McDonagh (accordion), Reg Hall (keyboard)

Friday 22nd June: Karen Ryan (fiddle), Paddy Egan (concertina), Peter McAlinden (keyboard)


Auld Triangle Pub, 52 St Thomas's Road (corner of Plimsoll Road), Finsbury Park, London N4 2QW.

If you haven't already - join the pub's facebook page at




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


9 June: Gary Connolly (accordion), Karen Ryan (fiddle), Pete Quinn (keyboard)

16 June: Karen Ryan (fiddle), Pete Quinn (keyboard) and friends


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).



On Thursday October 4th  8.00pm at Cecil Sharp House (2, Regents Park Road, London NW1) there will be a "Travellers in Town" concert headed by Irish Traveller singer Thomas McCarthy and the Doyle Family Band, supported by Finbar Wall and Oliver Mulligan.  Whilst Thomas sings unaccompanied in the stunning, powerful old style of the Irish Travellers, Simon Doyle and his three daughters amaze us with the five different instruments they play between them. Both acts can move to both high spirits and deep soulfulness with energetic jigs and reels to slow airs from the Doyles and powerfully tragic to hilarious songs from Thomas. Add in a couple of dance steps and a story or two, together with the well respected support acts and we are set for a night that will move you to both tears and laughter. Tickets on the door at ?8.50 or from in advance.



TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards 2012

Now available to watch on TG4 player at the following link:


featuring our very own London heroes:

Brian Rooney (Musician of the Year) and Danny Meehan (Lifetime Achievement Award)



Caoimh?n ? Fearghal (Young Musician of the Year)

Paddy O'Brien (Composer of the Year)

Nell N? Chr?in?n (Singer of the Year)

Eithne and Brian Vallely (Musicians Award)



********* Connecting traditional Irish musicians across the world


Any online community that can have amongst its members the great and the good from the world of traditional Irish music must be worth checking out. is one such site and in less than a year it has attracted 2,300+ members including the likes of Kevin Crawford, Joe Burke, Moya Brennan, Athena Tergris, Jimmy Keane, Paddy O'Brien, Dan Gurney, Brian Conway, Paul McGlinchey, Tom McElvogue, Carmel Gunning to name just a few. Carmel Gunning has described it as one if the best sites for traditional Irish music that she has ever seen and Kevin Crawford loves the interaction. Kevin's opinion carries some weight as he is part of L?nasa, Teetotallers and is a solo star in his own right.


The site was created by Dubliner man Tony Lawless and it is being described as Facebook for traditional Irish musicians. Nearly half of its 2,300 members are from the US and the site affords them the opportunity to connect with their fellow musicians in Ireland and across the globe. While it is offering a great single online channel for professional musicians to promote their music to a captive music audience, the heart of the site is really aimed at anyone that is learning or playing traditional music. And best of all it's all free. It aims to connect you with other players in your location for the purpose of promoting the music , providing more practice opportunities and starting more sessions. It groups players by geographical location which should prove a real winner when promoting local events. In addition it has specialist groups for various instruments such as concertina, fiddle, bodhr?n etc


It is also uncovering a world of great music which is especially important for musicians with self produced and recorded albums. Tradconnect will review these albums for you and feature them on the site. Constructed using very sophisticated software it is a welcome addition as it combines both online and offline aspects of the music.



Mick O'Connor (banjo), Goretti Anglim (flute) and Mick Bailey (guitar) play a weekly session, 9pm

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.


Session in Ramble. Very popular Sunday session runs from 6 -9pm hosted by Foxy Finucane, Clare & Rosie O'Leary and the regulars.

in The Ramble Inn, Amen Corner, Tooting full details at All musicians and singers welcome.


Message from Alan O'Leary:


Hello Friends,
This is your monthly reminder that our latest podcast Copperplate Podcast 151 is now accessible thru ITunes or from
Hope you enjoy our efforts, if so please spread the word.

Copperplate Podcast 151

1. Gerry Diver: The Bath Set. Diversions

2. Le Cheile: The Brook Reel/The Offaly Reel/Castle Kelly/Maids of Castlebar. Out of the West

3. The McCarthy Family: The Tempest/The Steam Packet. The  McCarthy Family Album

4. Sean O'Driscoll: The Twin Cities/Winnie Hayes. So There You Go

5. Helen Roche: The Lisburn Lass. Shake The Blossom Early

6. Ben Lennon & Seamus Quinn: The Girl Who Broke My Heart/Billy Bocker's. Within A Mile of Kilty

7. Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke: Amhran na Leabhar. Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke

8. Doc Watson: The Girl in The Blue Velvet  Band. The Vanguard Years

9. Eamonn Cotter: Galway Bay/The Acrobat HP. Irish Trad Music from Co Clare

10. Kevin Rowsome: The Broken Pledge/Colonel Fraser. The Rowsome Tradition

11. Mary McPartlan: The Holland Handkerchief. The Holland Handkerchief.

12. Karen Ryan: Kitty's Rambles/Kitty from Oulart/An Rogaire Dubh. The Coast Road

13. Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke: The Monaghan Jog/The Templehouse Reel. Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke

14. Sean O'Driscoll: Lendrum's Waltz. So There You Go