From: Karen Ryan [k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net]

Sent: 24 November 2016 13:12

Subject: Trip to Birmingham Fest this w'end/ North London Junior Fleadh this Sun and more..


Included in this email:


Session this Friday 25th November at the Auld Triangle, Finsbury Park from 8.30pm

Session hosted by:

Gary Connolly (box), James Carty (fiddle) and Peter McAlinden (keys)



Ulaid & Duke Special - LIVE

Date: November 26, 2016

Doors: 20:00

Venue: 50-52 Camden Sq

Price: ?15


The London Irish Centre is delighted to welcome Ulaid and Duke Special for a very special concert.

?When contemporary songwriting and traditional music meet, the results can be something to be treasured.

Such is the case with the collaboration between folk supergroup, Ulaid, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire,

Duke Special.

The project draws on Duke Special's songwriting skills, from pre-rock'n'roll to modern acoustic pop.

He injects drama and theatricality, bringing storytelling to the fore with meditative twists and turns amid

the melodic architecture.

Ulaid's mixture of skills in arrangement, interpretation, composition and performance lend a peculiarly

folk-but-modern, urban-but-pastoral air to the whole.

For a collaboration that may have seemed unlikely in theory, proves itself thoroughly in practice; when heard,

it somehow seems inevitable.'


Thanks to everyone who came out to the various events during the

18th Return to Camden Town Festival

There was fabulous music, song, dance and a great atmosphere throughout.

Hope you enjoyed it


We would be really grateful (if you haven't already), if you could please fill out and submit

one of our Audience Feedback forms here:

This helps us to report back to our public funders and gives us a better chance of

securing funding going forward (fingers crossed).


Thanks to Geoff Holland for whizzing around much of the Festival to get some great

Pics of the events - some are starting to appear here in this year's RtCT 2016 photo album

On our facebook page:






Trip to Birmingham Trad Fest

24-27 November 2016

Full details here:

Great line up - wishing the lads all the best with their 3rd outing!




Friday 25th November

At: Old Ignatian's, 147 Turkey Street, EN1 4NW

From 7.30pm

Message from East London Comhaltas:

We would like to invite you all to celebrate East London Comhaltas
1916 Commemoration Celebrations
A mighty session with both singers and musicians!
This is a not to be missed night x ...



North London Junior Fleadh

Sunday 27th November

Haringey Irish Centre



Sunday 10th December

London Irish Centre

First Irish themed playgroup meet- up

Message from James McDonald:


We are a small group of parents setting up an Irish themed play-group.

The aim is to give our young children fun experiences with the Irish language, songs, rhymes, music and the wider culture. To start things off we are inviting anybody with an interest to come along to

an informal meet-up at the London Irish Centre (Camden Square) at noon on

Saturday the 10th of December, 2016.


We'll have a cuppa and a chat about how it all could work and our kids can have a play with

each other.


In the new year, we can hopefully start a monthly play-group at a time that suits everyone. 

Contact James on shanakee_at_gmail_dot_com



Footage, music and interviews from the Raymond Roland Tribute Night at

Cecil Sharp House earlier this year,

First showing has been aired on Irish TV, Sky Channel 191 -

watch this space for next viewing possibility


Alan O'Leary's latest podcast, with 2 hours of great traditional Irish music is now available





Fundraising is continuing towards the survival of our much loved

Return to Camden Town Festival from 2017


Due to various public funding costs and rising costs, reserves and cash flow for the event

have dwindled - it will not be possible to go ahead with staging the 19th Return to Camden

Town Festival in 2017 unless we manage to bring additional money in from new sources.


See here for more information about our situation:


Please do not hesitate to get in touch (by replying to this email) if you, or someone you know

would like to receive information about becoming a sponsor (or donor) of the Festival.



Meitheal Cheoil traditional Irish Music classes in September 2016

Instrumental lessons held in North London in:

fiddle, banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, flute, concertina, harp and uilleann pipes

Classes for children and classes for adults.

Beginner classes available in some instruments.

Please email k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net for more information


Reg Hall's interview with Peter Browne

on ?The Rolling Wave' on RT? Radio 1 on Sunday 10th July

You can listen to the show again here:


To celebrate the launch of 2 new CD collections & e-book of Irish music in London

from Topic Records, the Irish Traditional Music Archive hosted an afternoon talk by

Dr. Reg Hall in 73 Merrion Square, Dublin on the 26 April 2016.

Reg's talk was filmed and can be viewed here:


Mn? an Cheoil

A new six part TG4 series that celebrates the rise of women in traditional Irish music

Each programme with a focus on a particular instrument

Episodes 1-6 now available to watch

on the TG4 iplayer




East End Irish Music Session (monthly)

Terence O'Flaherty (vocals/guitar/bouzouki).

James Carty (fiddle).

Every 2nd Monday of the month from Monday 11th July

At The Eleanor Arms
460 Old Ford Road E3 5JP

020 8980 6992





?A Few Tunes of Good Music' (Dr. Reg Hall) - available online now..

Reg Hall's monumental and comprehensive history of Irish music in London

entitled ?A few tunes of good music' is now available through the Topic Records website

for free viewing and download  as a fantastic online flipbook,

complete with many illustrations.


Click the link for your copy.





Now available from the Topic Records website:


2 CD Box Sets of 3 CDs each:

?It was mighty' - The Early Days of Irish Music in London


?It was great altogether' - The Continuing Tradition of Irish Music in London

Selected and presented by Reg Hall

As part of the Voice of the People series

200 tracks and 7 and a half hours of music.


See the track listings here for each CD set:

?It was Mighty':

?It was great altogether':


?25 for both sets.



View the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards at Cork Opera House here:

Congratulations to brilliant London flautist, ?rlaith McAuliffe

Winner of the 2016 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Young Musician of the Year


Also, congratulations to another great London Irish musician (now based in the US):

Fiddler, Kevin Burke, who is winner of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year