From: Karen Ryan [k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net]

Sent: 21 January 2011 00:05

Subject: Run at RFH (Fri 21 Jan)/ Youth Trad Singing W'shop (Sun 23 Jan)/ Harpist Lily Neill at Green Note (Mon 24 Jan) and more ...


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Friday 21 January 2011:


If you're in (London) town and free Friday lunchtime - our lovely singer and harpist, Brona McVittie is giving a free performance with her acapella gaelic/ celtic choir 'Run' in the Royal Festival Hall Foyer Bar (level 2), 1-2pm.




Message from Kathy Walton who has recently started London's:




Our Youth Singing Club will be hosting its 3rd gathering this Sunday 23rd January with guest singer Conor Walsh.

Conor will teach two new songs from scratch, one slow and one lively.

Bring a pen and if possible something to record with.  You can join in as part of the group and you don't need to sing solo! We'll give you a song sheet to take away and can send recordings to you afterwards by email.


Please book in through meitheal_at_btinternet_dot_com or by text to 07534 093949, then meet at 2pm in the foyer of the London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, NW1 9XB.


Voluntary donations welcome (suggested amount: 5)


New members welcome!




Folk and Roots and hosting Harpist Lily Neill at the Green Note on the 24th January - for details


''Lily Neill is recognized as' ... part of the new Harp revolution extolling aspects of harp music never previously heard,'' 2005 Irish Music Magazine.  She was a prize-winner at the All-Ireland Harp competition and has won numerous awards, honours and scholarships for her technical and artistic abilities as well as her original compositions.  More recently Lily was named's '2006 New Female Artist of the Year'.  Lily's musical style is at once rich in tradition and uniquely her own.'



Message from Geoff Holland:


Hey Folks, what're you doing on Tuesday 1 February?


I'm hosting an evening of Irish social dancing at the London Irish Centre. 7.30-10pm


Top accordion player Tony Kearney will be on hand to provide the music.


Everyone is invited to dance sets, ceili dances, the waltz and shoe the donkey.  Each dance will be briefly demonstrated and rehearsed with some advice on the basic step.  This is a night of dancing for total novices and experienced dancers.  No one will be disappointed.  Spectators are welcome too.


It's Free.


Just turn up on the night.


It's taking place in the context of the London Irish Centre Open Day, which is happening throughout the day.


Hope to see you.


Bye for now






New Friday session starts at Keenan's on Friday 4th February with Paddy Egan (concertina), Peter McAlinden (keyboard) and friends.


89 Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 1LR

(near the junction with Sutton Road - in amongst the parade of shops which includes the Post Office and the new stripy library)

Busses 134 and 43 (both are a 10 minute journey from Highgate tube - Northern Line)




If you haven't already, please come and join us on facebook - search for 'Return to Camden Town Events' and click 'like' OR click on the following link: to keep up to date with all that's going on.  Photos from the 2008/ 09 and 10 Festivals have recently been uploaded!  Come and have a look.




COMHALTAS EVENTS IN 2011: message from John Devine


January 21st, 8.30pm

Comhaltas Leagrave Branch New Year's Session

St Joseph's Parish Centre, Gardenia Avenue, Luton


January 29th, 8.30pm

Comhaltas St Alban's Branch New Year's Session

St Alban's Irish Club, Cotlandswick, London Colney, St Alban's


I will also soon be hosting a traditional Irish music programme from 7-9pm on Tuesday evenings, on St Alban's local community radio, Radio Verulam.  The station broadcasts locally on 92.6fm but the station is also streamed live on the internet at  Please let me know if you have any events you'd like advertised, requests, dedications or if you would like to contribute to the programme content.


I look forward to seeing you at an event somewhere soon






Welcome back to The Auld Triangle sessions :-)


Just to let you know that the legendary Sunday night sessions at The Auld Triangle pub in Finsbury Park are back up and running ... and long may they continue.


Every Sunday at 8pm (unless there's an Arsenal match), session hosted by:

Gary Connolly (accordion), Sinead Linane (fiddle), James Carty (flute) and Reg Hall (keyboard).


Come down and show your support for some great music!

The Auld Triangle, 52 St Thomas's Road (corner of Plimsoll Road), London N4 2QW.  Tel. 020 7354 2869



The Irish community in Britain is running a national campaign to encourage as many Irish and people of Irish descent to register their Irish ethnicity in the upcoming Census, taking place on the 27 March 2011.  We're doing this to combat underrepresentation of the Irish in official figures.


You can play a critical role in making this happen. For the moment we're building a database of supporters who identify with their Irish roots.  We're calling on you to sign up to the campaign and invite your friends, contacts and colleagues to sign up too.  This will give the campaign the right support it needs to be the success we all want it to be.


Please help by joining the campaign, where you also can find out more about it, at




4th Feb: Kathleen O'Sullivan and Billy Teare

4th March: Jim Bainbridge

8th April: Askew Sisters

17th June: Bloomsday event with poet Racker Donnelly


May 6th-8th 2011 Keith Summers Festival

Grace Toland & Brian Doyle, Patricia Flynn, Mick Quinn (tbc), Oliver Mulligan and Brendan McAuley, Joe Aitken, Geordie Murison, Dan & Bonnie Milner, Jeff Warner, John and Katie Howson's East Anglian Concert Party.


Musical Traditions folk club

The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL

Nearest tube: Goodge Street/ Warren Street.  Parking OK after 6.30pm  Club runs 8-11pm  Admission for club nights: members 6, concs. 4  Non-members 7, concs. 5 martin.nail/MusTrad/MTCintro.htm