London Irish Trad Scene News Roundup

Find detailed below the London Trad Scene Roundup as prepared and issued by Karen Ryan as part of her email newsletter.  

Included in this update

  • Danny O’Mahony and Micheál O’Raghallaigh to play 15th RtCT Fest (25-28 Oct & 1-3 Nov 2013)
  • Sessions at Auld Triangle and Toolan’s this weekend
  • Antrim Folk Tales by Billy Teare and Kathleen O’Sullivan
  • Sun 31st March and Sun 14th April at Johno’s of Ealing Broadway, session with Kylie Ann Moynagh,
  • Orlaith McAuliffe, Aileen Geoghegan and friends
  • Mon 1st April broadcast with Eleanor Shanley,
  • Cathy Jordan and John Carty
  • Saturday 27th April – Gaelic Voices Festival featuring Nell Ní Chróinín (Cork),
  • Kathleen MacInness (South Uist), Laoise Kelly (Westport), Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn
  • Keith Summers Gathering (15-17 May) featuring Jerry O’Reilly, Roisin White,
  • Kevin Mitchell and more..
  • Thomas McCarthy & The Racker Donnelly at King and Queen club, Fri 7 June
  • Fri 4th Oct – Long Notes at King’s Place


Dates for the Return to Camden Town Festival 2013:

Friday 25 – Sun 28 October and Friday 1 – Sunday 3 November 2013

Artists appearing at this year’s Festival include:

The John Carty Festival Band, Danny O’Mahony and Micheál O’Raghallaigh,

Star of Munster Céilí Band, Mick Mulkerrin and more tba..

Huge thanks to Geoff Holland for all his brilliant photos of the

14th Return to Camden Town Festival (2012) featured in these two albums here:

First weekend:!/media/set/?set=a.10151119423012339.4649...


Some Sessions This weekend:

Friday (tonight) at The Auld Triangle, Finsbury Park, music from 9pm

with Sinead (fiddle), Maureen (box) and Mary (keys) Linane

Saturday at Toolan’s Bar, North Finchley, music from 9pm

with Gary Connolly (box), Karen Ryan (fiddle) and Peter McAlinden (keys)

More sessions listed below

Sessions in and around London (please ring to check sessions are on before travelling):

Monday: The Herschel Arms, Herschel Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1PS - hosted by Sam Proctor (fiddle) and friends, tel. 01753 524089/ 07904 107565

Tuesday: The Lamb Tavern, 54 Holloway Road, London N7 8JL – hosted by Mick O’Connor (banjo), Goretti Anglim (flute) and Mick Bailey (guitar), tel. 020 7609 0253

Tuesday:The Kilkenny Tavern, 131 Merton High Street, London SW19 1DE – hosted by Clare (fiddle) and Alan (flute) O’Leary and Brendan McAuley (uilleann pipes) tel. 020 8543 7308

Tuesday: The Ship, 41 Jews Road, London SW18 1TB - hosted by Colman Connolly (uilleann pipes), Tad Sargent (bouzouki) and friends, tel. 020 8870 9667

Wednesday: The Nightingale, 51 Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, London E11 2EY – hosted by Mick O’Connor (banjo), Carlene Anglim (fiddle), Goretti Anglim (flute) and Mick Bailey (guitar), tel. 020 8530 4540

Thursday: Dundee Arms, 339 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9LH – 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, session hosted by Cathy (fiddle) and Mary (flute) Gillard and Shane Crehan (flute), tel. 020 7739 0276

Thursday: The World’s End, 174 Camden High Street, London NW1 0NE - hosted by Brian Kelly (banjo), Orlaith McAuliffe (flute) and friends, tel. 020 7482 1932

Friday:  The Auld Triangle, 52 St Thomas's Road, (corner of Plimsoll Road), Finsbury Park, London N4 2QW - James Carty (flute), Gary Connolly (accordion), Sinead Linane (fiddle), Reg Hall (keyboard) and frequently rotated guests, tel. 020 7354 2869

Friday: Connolly’s, 450 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5TT – hosted by Sam Proctor (fiddle), Colman Connolly (uilleann pipes), Tad Sargent (bouzouki) and friends, tel. 020 8994 3980

Friday: The Crown, 142-152 Cricklewood Broadway, London NW2 3ED – hosted by Mick O’Connor (banjo), Barbara Hackett (accordion) and Mick Bailey (guitar), tel. 020 8452 4175

Saturday: Toolan’s, 866 High Road, North Finchley, London N12 9RH – hosted by Karen Ryan (fiddle), Gary Connolly (accordion) and Pete Quinn (keyboard), tel. 020 8343 8988

Sunday: The Crown, 142-152 Cricklewood Broadway, London NW2 3ED – hosted by Mick O’Connor (banjo), Barbara Hackett (accordion) and Mick Bailey (guitar), tel. 020 8452 4175

Sunday: Waxy O’Connor’s, 14-16 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DD (session alternates between this venue and Waxy’s Little Sister across the road) - hosted by Orlaith McAuliffe (flute), Bryony Lemon (accordion) and Kylie Ann Moynagh (concertina), tel 020 7287 0255

Sunday: The Kilkenny, Merton High Street, London SW19 1DE - hosted by John Bowe (accordion), Daire O’Neill (flute) and Peter Coughlan (guitar), tel. 020 8543 7308



Due to be published in January 2014

Paperback available for pre-order via Amazon here:

A lively volume of myth, legend, unquiet spirits, little folk, race horses, game birds,

heroic hounds, tales of the sea, coast and glens and some stories SO tall,

you will need a step ladder to read them.

Folk Tales from Antrim, as told by one of Ireland's premier storytellers,

Billy Teare, ably aided and abetted

by trad singer, poet and writer, Kathleen O'Sullivan.


Sun 31st March and Sun 14th April

at Johno’s of Ealing Common

13 Station Parade, Uxbridge Road, Ealing Common, London, W5 3LD[

5pm session with

Kylie Ann Moynagh (concertina), Orlaith McAuliffe (flute), Aileen Geoghegan (box) and friends


Message from John Carty re New Traditional Irish Music Webcasts:

I'm delighted to be involved in this project. Amazing technology that you can sit in your own local pub,

play a few tunes and be seen and heard around the world by people in their own homes .

We are delighted to announce our next very special traditional Irish music webcast will be broadcast live

from Dickie Beirne's Pub in Eastersnow, Co Roscommon on Monday 1st April @ 7pm GMT.

We will showcase the beauty of the North West region, the things to do and places to see.

This live cultural experience will provide a mixture of Irish music and culture,

and with some fantastic prizes to be won ahead of the webcast -

More information on how you can get involved will be available here soon!-!/pages/Ireland-West-Trad/391832600888118

this broadcast will be presented by Eleanor Shanley and feature Cathy Jordan (Dervish) and John Carty. Please spread the word.


Saturday 27th April – Gaelic Voices Festival featuring:

Nell Ní Chróinín (Cork), Kathleen MacInness (South Uist), Laoise Kelly (Westport),

Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn

Workshops (singing/ slow airs/ Irish) and Concert at the London Irish Centre

50 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB

For more details and tickets, see


May 17th-19th 2013 Musical Traditions Club presents:


Guests : Roisín White, Rosie Stewart, Jim MacFarland, Jerry O’Reilly,

Kevin Mitchell (Ireland) ; Ellen Mitchell (Scotland),

Will Noble & John Cocking Friday only (England).

Music from our resident musicians The Rakes,

The Pigeon English Band, Will Duke, Dan Quinn, Matt Quinn,

Simon Ritchie; plus new line-up Roger Digby, Liz Giddings,

John & Katie Howson with special guest Michael Sheehey.

Plus our many excellent club singers.

Thanks to FOLK LONDON and to people who have given

donations to support the event.

Pre-booked ticket holders only - limited space. £10 per session.

Priority for members £8 per session

(concs. £6) Fri. 8-11, Sat. 1- 5.30, 8-11, Sun. 1- 5.30pm.

Contact or 020 8340 0530




The poet and the singer. With The Rakes.

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

(junction of Foley Street and Cleveland Street)

Nearest tube: Goodge Street / Warren Street/ Great Portland Street.

Parking OK after 6.30 on Fridays. Club runs 8-11pm.

Admission : £7,concs. £5 ( Members £6, concs £4)


Here are some of our regular London music sessions (a few more to be added soon) – enjoy!

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