From: Karen Ryan [k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net]

Sent: 07 May 2018 18:35

Subject: 'Auld Triangle' session moving to 'The Golden Lion'/ Special IMDL rate tix avail for Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra 12 June



Included in this email:  


Our weekly Friday night session is moving from The Auld Triangle,

Finsbury Park to its new home 'The Golden Lion' in Camden Town on

Friday 11th May - It would be lovely to have as many of you there as

can make it on the first night to start the session in our new home

with a bang!


Music will start at 9pm with Gary Connolly (accordion), James Carty

(flute) and Peter McAlinden (keys) and continue with rotation as



Mary Murphy has been a great supporter of the music down the years,

hosting many a night during the Return to Camden Town Festival - I

remember playing the first ever weekly session there (also a Friday)

about 25 years ago and teaching music class upstairs above the pub for

a while. Huge thanks to Dave Murphy and Mary for coming forward

to offer us a new home so swiftly.


Please spread the word .... 'The Lion' it is!  :-) Kx


The Golden Lion, 88 Royal College Street (corner of Pratt Street),

Camden NW1 0TH



?Irish Night at Cadogan Hall'

Featuring the premiere performance in Britain of:

?Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra'

Tuesday 12th June, 7.30pm

Tickets NOW on sale at  £20

Special rate tickets (just £10) for our friends of IMDL when

you use the following promotional code online: FriendofIMDL

Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra (formerly the Clare Memory Orchestra) is the first and only

orchestra in the Western World to play exclusively from memory, crossing traditional boundaries

between orchestras and audiences.

Visionary founder Dave Flynn has enlisted 20 of Ireland's leading traditional, classical and jazz

musicians to perform his critically acclaimed music.

Achievements include sold out performances at Moscow Catholic Cathedral and South Korea's Sori

International Festival; an Allianz Business to Arts Award for the ESB ?Concert in a Cavern'; and a

collaboration with Martin Hayes and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at Ireland's National Concert Hall.

This thrilling, uniquely Irish phenomenon has brought audiences to their feet at every concert they

have played. This evening will be the debut performance in Britain of the Orchestra and will feature

music from Dave Flynn's ?Clare Concerto'.

The Irish Times said of them: ?Audiences seeing the Clare Memory Orchestra for the first time may be

astounded at the informality and communication between the musicians. Feet tapping, vibrato is

nowhere to be heard and the absence of sheet music means musicians connect with one another on

the fly. Then there's the appearance of Irish instruments such as the pipes, concertina, whistle and

bodhrán, alongside the oboe and silver flute'.

This ?Irish Night at Cadogan Hall' is presented by IMDL (Irish Music and Dance in London) who have

been promoting traditional Irish Arts in London for two decades. This evening's concert will open

with a short collaborative performance featuring a large number of the finest traditional Irish

musicians and singers on the London Irish music scene. The night also serves as a fundraiser towards

IMDL staging their internationally renowned seven day Festival - Return to Camden Town - now in

its 20th year and due to take place from 23 - 29 October 2018.

For more information see:

Tickets: £20 (£10 for friends of IMDL with online promotional code)

This event is supported by Culture Ireland GB18 and the Emigrant Support Programme


Dates for the

20th Return to Camden Town Festival:

Tuesday 23rd - Monday 29th October 2018


Buttons and Bows + Tulla Céilí Band + Frankie Gavin's Roaring 20s Orchestra + Mary Bergin and Mick Conneely + Garadice (feat. Eleanor Shanley, Padraig McGovern, Dave Sheridan and John McCartin) + Mairéad Casey + Landless + Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha and Tommy Mellett + Socks in the Frying Pan + Kelly and Colm Gannon + The Dublin Lasses (feat. Mary Corcoran, Aoife O'Connor, Majella O'Beirne) + Orlaith McAuliffe, Daithi Gormley, Dylan Carlos, Catherine McHugh + Theresa O'Grady (album launch)  and more tba

For more information visit:

Twitter: _at_ReturntoCamden

Instagram: irishmusicdanceinlondon


Children's Beginner Tin Whistle Classes

New Term begins from Wednesday 10th January 2018

5pm, Wednesdays term time

at St Michael's Catholic Grammar School

Nether Street, North Finchley N12 7NJ

Teacher: Karen Ryan

For more details, email: k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net




New Traditional Irish Music Classes on Mondays

South London Irish Association Club

138-170 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon SW19 3DG

Teacher: John Devine.


For more details email: john_at_comhaltas_dot_co_dot_uk




Thursday 17th May


Clapton Round Chapel


Tickets £15

Support by The Trad Gathering (playing music from the repertoire of Bryan Rooney and the McCarthy Family)


Gaelic Voices Festival

Saturday 19th May


Kennedy Hall, London Irish Centre, Camden.

£10 including either the singing or drama workshop.

Also language workshops for beginners and parents and Irish bookstalls. Under 12s go free. 

Performers / workshops by sean-nós singer Nell Ní Chróinín

and tv and stage actor Diarmuid De Faoite.

Also performances by musicians from East London Comhaltas and poet Racker Donnelly. 

Info and tickets:




Wednesday 23rd May

Daoiri Farrell

In concert

Irish Cultural Centre

5 Black's Road, Hammersmith W6 9DT


Tickets £12/10


Artisan Row

Appearing in concert


?Court Sessions' County Arms

345 Trinity Road, Wandsworth, London SW18 3SH

Friday 15th June, 8pm

?Highly accomplished ?. Intelligence and sophistication abounds.' fRoots

?Strong playing and singing ? romantic and heart-warming music.' Songlines



October 6th and October 7th

Sharon Shannon in Concert

London Irish Centre

50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB


EVERY FRIDAY - Session at the Irish Cultural Centre

Our weekly trad session with Tad Sargent runs on a Friday from 5.00pm - 8.00pm.

The beginners session runs from 5.00pm - 6.00pm and then there is a full session

from 6.00pm. Everyone is welcome!

TIME | 5.00pm - 8.00pm

VENUE | The Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black's Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT



First Sunday of Every Month

Set Dancing and mixed dancing with Geoff Holland

London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB


First Friday of every month:

Céilí and mixed dancing at St Joseph's, Highgate

Highgate Hill, London N19 5NE


Every last Saturday of the month 

The London Irish Playgroup / Grúpa Spraoi Londain continues on the last Saturday of every month from 1-3pm in the Kennedy Hall of the London Irish Centre in Camden. 

It's a free 'stay and play' group for families who want their young children to have fun with the Irish language through games, stories, songs and music. 

Contact parent/organiser James McDonald with any enquiries or to be added to the monthly mailing list at shanakee_at_gmail_dot_com

Dates and times sometimes change so please check before you travel. 

More information on the London Irish Centre website:

and in the parents' Facebook group:


Fundraising is continuing for the long term survival of our much loved

Return to Camden Town Festival


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

Major fundraising efforts in 2017 have now made it possible to go ahead with staging the 19th Return to Camden

Town Festival in 2017 but in order to secure the Festival further into the future, we need to

bring additional money in from new sources.


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.



Some weekly sessions happening around London:

O'Neill's, 762 High Rd Leytonstone, London E11 3AW - Tel: 02085364039

The Kilkenny Tavern 131 Merton High St, London SW19 1DE - Tel: 02085437308 (this session is temporarily residing at The Trafalgar, 23 High Path, Merton SW19 2JY)

The Lamb Tavern, 54 Holloway Rd, London N7 - Tel: 02076090253


Colonel Fawcett, 1 Randolph Street, Camden, London NW1 0SS - Tel: 02072679829

The White Hart, 184 New Cross Road, London SE14 5AA - Tel: 02073580605

The Flask, 14 Flask Walk, Hampstead, London NW3 1HE - Tel: 02074354580

Prince Albert, 54-56 Hounslow Road, Whitton, Twickenham TW2 7EX - Tel:

Every 3rd Thursday of the month - The Telegraph at the Earl of Derby, 87 Dennett's Rd, New Cross, London SE14 5LW - Tel: 02072073449

The Golden Lion (sess formerly held at Auld Triangle), 88 Royal College Street, Camden Town, London NW1 0TH - Tel: 02073872035

Connolly's, 450 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 5TT - Tel: 02089943980

(Fortnightly) - The Parish Bar, 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley HA9 8HP - Tel: 02089038119

Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black's Road, Hammersmith W6 9DT (5-6.30pm: Beginners/ 6.30pm: Regular Session) - Tel: 02085638232

Sir Colin Campbell, 264-266 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 2BY - Tel: 02076935443

Last Friday of the Month South London Irish Association Club 138-140 Hartfield
Rd, Merton, London SW19 3TG - Tel: 02085430608


 (2nd and 4th Saturday of the month) W B Yeats, 20 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park N4 3HU - Tel: 02086173400

Sir Colin Campbell, 264-266 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 2BY - Tel: 02076935443

The Crown 142-152 Cricklewood Broadway, London NW2 3ED - Tel: 02084524175

The White Hart, 184 New Cross Road, London SE14 5AA - Tel: 02073580605

Howl at the Moon 178 Hoxton St, London N1 5LH - Tel: 02077399221

The Ramble Inn 223 Mitcham Rd, Tooting, London SW17 9JG - Tel: 02087674040

Hole in the Wall 5 Mepham St, Lambeth, London SE1 8SQ - Te:l 02079286196

The Hop Pole 64 Putney Bridge Rd, Wandsworth, London SW18 1HR - Tel: 02088708818

The Plough Inn, 297 Northfields Avenue, Ealing, London W5 4XB - Tel: 02085671416

(Fortnightly) The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, King's Cross, WC1H 8JF - Tel: 02072783966

(Fortnightly) Skehan's, 1 Kitto Road, Nunhead SE14 5TW - Tel: 02072077134

(Last Sunday of the Month) Tír na n?g, 107 Garratt Ln, London SW18 4DW - Tel: 02088773622

Sir Colin Campbell, 264-266 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 2BY - Tel: 02076935443


?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.


Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the 19th Return to Camden Town Festival

It really was a fantastic event

Photos are gradually being uploaded to our facebook page

(thanks to Geoff Holland, Angela Toner and Kevin McDonnell for taking these):

Huge thanks also to our sponsors, funders and partners for helping us make it happen:

Emigrant Support Programme, Culture Ireland, John Griffin Foundation,

P Flannery Hire (Oval) Ltd, Ardmore Group, Insalcom, Irish Youth Foundation,

London Irish Centre Charity, Sliced Events, Clayton Crown Hotel, Kings Place,

The Irish World, The Irish Post