From: Karen Ryan [k_dot_ryan_at_virgin_dot_net]
Sent: 06 March 2009 15:38
Subject: Tix for Le Cheile/ London Lasses: Fri 13 March - H'smith Book Fair Music this w'end - Mike Donaghy Tribute, South Bank Sat 14 March - Niamh Parsons, Fri 24 April - SE London events Sat 21 March

Hi All,
Tickets are selling fast for Friday 13th March concert at the London Irish Centre with Le Cheile/ The London Lasses and Pete Quinn/ The Trad Gathering.  If you haven't already got yours buy them now - don't leave it too late and be disappointed! (like I did with The Long Notes gig last week :-()
Tickets available at (or through the link on, also available to buy in person at the London Irish Centre from 9am every day of the week and from the Festival Hotline 07871 088121 
St Patrick's Matinee Set Dancing Ceili at the London Irish Centre with Ivy Leaf Ceili Band - Sunday 15th March, 2-5pm.  £8/ £6 concession (tickets can only be purchased at the door).
Also, we started the first 'Sunday Sessions' at the London Irish Centre last week.  Sharon Whelton (flute), Pete Quinn (keyboard) and myself (fiddle) played tunes in the foyer 2-5pm - reminded us of the old days at The Black Horse in Holloway!  Anyway, we'd love it if you can join us at the next one on Sunday 5th April.  Terry and Linda are serving Sunday Dinners from early afternoon through til 6pm - yum!
Hope to see you soon
Other dates for your diary which people have asked me to pass on to you:
Music at Irish Cultural Centre Book Fair, Hammersmith

Saturday 8th March.  5.30pm The Big Bookfair Session with Jacquelyn Hynes & J Eoin

other details re the bookfair which starts this evening at 7pm and continues until tomorrow (Sat 8th March) are at



In honour of a great friend, musician and poet Michael Donaghy who sadly died in 2004:

Michael's publishers are bringing out  two new books this week - a Collected Poems and The Shape of the Dance - essays, interviews and digressions, which is a collection of his prose writings.

There is to be an evening of events at the Purcell Room on Saturday March 14th, including a panel discussion, Irish music and a specially composed piece for "prepared piano", played alongside recordings of Michael reading his poems. It should be a really good evening and we would love people to come and support it.
Details can be found at :
Fri 24 April   2009  Niamh Parsons
From Dublin , one of Ireland's finest singers,  renowned for her expressive voice and for  her strong sense of the story behind the song.
with The Rakes  (Reg Hall, Paul Gross, Ken Lees)
 Admission :
 Members £6, concs. £3.50 . Non - Members £7, concs. £4   

Musical Traditions Club at The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1W  6DL (at the junction of Foley Street and Cleveland Street). 8-11pm. Nearest tube: Goodge Street /Warren Street/ Great Portland Street. Parking OK  after 6.30.  

For further info., email us on petawebken_at_aol_dot_com  or ring 0208-340-0530     or    see  

from Mike Keen ...

Euro-dance and trad session

Saturday 21st March

St John’s Church Hall, Eden Park Avenue,

Beckenham BR3 3JN (southeast London)

LEARN TO DANCE to traditional ceilidh and European music

7–10.45pm Britain's top Euro-dance teacher Kerry Fletcher will walk and talk you through

the dances. Anyone can join in, you don’t need a partner. Great live music from Arcadia

(, JigJaw ( and guests.

Tickets Adults £8, young people/concessions £5

Plus two FREE afternoon events!!

4.30–6.45pm Music session Never been to a pub session? Come and listen to the

musicians from The Lord Hood, Danse Herts and Les Batons. Even better, if you play an

instrument, bring it along and join in. Music provided. Everyone welcome!

5.30–6.30pm Song and dance workshop Get into the swing of Euro dancing with

Kerry Fletcher and a cappella singing group JigJaw. Feeling in fine voice? You can (if you

wish) learn to sing the dance tunes too. Dance novices welcome, no partner needed.

To book Call Mike or Chris on 020 8650 3487. Tickets available on the door.

Food and refreshments available; over 18s, bring your own alcohol.