From: Karen Ryan [k.ryan_at_virgin_dot_net]
Sent: 04 February 2011 15:06
Subject: Fri sess at Keenan's starts Fri 4 Feb/ New music classes at Morley College/ The London Lasses at Walthamstow Sun 20 Marc

Included in this email:
* New music classes in Morley College, South London
* Camden’s Unsung Heroes message from Councillor Jonathon Simpson, Mayor of Camden
* TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards announcement
* New Friday night session starts at Keenan's on Fri 4 February with Paddy Egan (concertina), Colman Connolly (pipes), Peter McAlinden (keyboard) and friends
* Photos from RtCT 08/ 09/ 10 up on facebook * Auld Triangle sessions on Sunday nights
* Irish gigs at the Musical Traditions Folk Club, London W1 - including Kathleen O'Sullivan and Billy Teare on 4th February 2011
* The Long Notes at Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, Fri 4th February * Register your Irishness in the next census - if we are seen in big numbers, we must be catered for (this applies to arts funding for our events among other things)
* Weekend of tunes in Lisdoonvarna 18-20th Feb
* The London Lasses and Pete Quinn at Walthamstow Folk Club, Sunday 20th March 2011
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Message from Jacquelyn Hynes re new music classes in South London.
Folk On Fridays at Morley College 7.30 to 9.30 Come and join! Learn Irish traditional jigs, reels, slides, hornpipes airs and music from the British Isles in a very friendly fun atmosphere. Basic instrumental ability but no prior knowledge of Folk or traditional music required. All instruments/levels of ability welcome. Suitable for adult learners. Folk on Fridays also incoprorates visits to The Irish Cultural Centre and occasional folk events in London.

Classes are already in progress, but new students eagerly welcomed as a mistake in advertising by the College (accidental omission from their prospectus and website!) has resulted in low enrolment numbers if you’re thinking about joining a class come along soon to boost numbers and ensure this one keeps going.

Message from Councillor Jonathon Simpson, Mayor of Camden:

I am writing to ask you to help me celebrate the people that have helped Camden have a world renowned music heritage through a one off initiative called "Camden's Unsung Heroes".

Camden is famous for its musical heritage and I am keen to hear about those who have been instrumental in bringing music into the heart of their community. I want to recognise those who have gone out of their way to make a difference and continue to keep Camden's music heritage alive within Camden's music industry sector and the local community. The initiative is kindly being sponsored by local businesses so is at no cost to local council tax payers.
Many music events focus on the performers who make music, but I wish to celebrate the people who have tirelessly run venues and helped give performers their first break. I also want to celebrate the many people who are involved in local community music projects.

I attach a flyer and hope that you will help me promote this initiative and hopefully send in nominations. ( and-democracy/news/2011/nominate-your-unsung-

These awards will be a wonderful opportunity to recognise and value our Unsung Heroes and the winners will be invited to a fantastic reception at the Roundhouse.
Nominations should outline:

* How the person has contributed (through music performance or teaching/mentoring to involve and encourage others to participate and enjoy
music in the borough) or
* How the person has contributed in the industry (range of areas including
venue managers, administration, technical, promotion or artistic support)

You can email your nominations to me at mayor_at_camden_dot_gov_dot_uk or write to me at the Mayor’s Parlour, London Borough of Camden Town Hall, Judd St, WC1H 9JE
I am really looking forward to receiving nominations for Camden's Unsung Heroes and would be really grateful for your support in helping to promote them to your customers.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Jonathan Simpson
Mayor of Camden

Telephone: 020 7974 1989
Room 102
Camden Town Hall (General)
Judd Street
London WC1H 9JE

The 2011 TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards ceremony and concert will take place at Wexford Opera House on Saturday, April 2 and will be broadcast on TG4 on Easter Sunday, April 24, at 9.30pm
And the Gradam goes to . . .

Gradam Saoil/Lifetime Achievement Award: Ben Lennon

Gradam na gCeoltóirí/ Musicians’ Award: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin
Cumadóir Ceoil/Traditional Composer of the Year: Liz Carroll

Amhránaí/Traditional Singer of the Year: Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
Ceoltóir Óg/Young Traditional Musician of the Year: Pádraig Keane
Gradam TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year: Noel Hill

More details at
Please pass on to anyone you think should know.

Alan O’Leary

New Friday session starts at Keenan's on Friday 4th February with Paddy Egan (concertina), Colman Connolly (pipes/ flute), 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)

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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:
Events/104823076234568 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.

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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

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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

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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

The Long Notes next live London performance will be this coming Friday 4th February 2011 at the Irish Cultural Centre, Black's Road, Hammersmith W6 9DT. One minute walk from Hammersmith tube.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on The Long Notes at Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith Friday 4th February or by telephoning the Irish Cultural Centre on 0208 563 8232.

We would be delighted to see you at Hammersmith this Friday before we depart for our tour of Austria, 23rd February - 13th March.

With very best wishes,

Colette O'Leary
Accordionist with The Long Notes

Email: coletteoleary_at_hotmail_dot_com

Map of Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith


Any Londoners fancy a weekend of tunes in Lisdoonvarna? . Message from Mary Gillard:

You think anyone from London might fancy a weekend of madness in Lidsdoonvarna? Fri 18th, Sat 19th, Sun 20th February 2011.

They'd be very welcome - the sleepzone is a very good hostel just across the road from the Roadside Tavern.

Peter Curtin runs the pub, likes his tunes and is working on getting proper beer into the west .........

Pints of microbrew ale/ stout _at_ 2.50 Euro. Free Irish Stew and hostel is opening at 15 Euro per night.

The London Lasses and Pete Quinn
Sunday 20th March at Walthamstow Folk Club
The Plough Inn, 173 Wood Street, Walthamstow E17
7.30pm doors, £8. After three sell out shows for The London Lasses and Pete Quinn in Liverpool, London and Leeds - this is an opportunity to come and see the band at this intimate venue - reported by Folk and Roots to be 'London's friendliest folk club'

On this evening the band will appearing as a five piece.