New album and concert from Reg Hall, John Blake & Lamond Gillespie - 7th November London

On the 7th of November there promises to be a classic night of Irish traditional music and a rare chance to hear some of London's best musicians on their own terms. It will be a night of celebration of a rich and colourful past.

Reg Hall has been an integral part of the Irish music scene in London since the 50s playing with now legendary figures in the Irish traditional world who were resident in London at the time - piper Willie Clancy and fiddle player Bobby Casey amongst others. Honoured by a national award in 2012 for his unequalled contribution to Irish music, Reg also has a long association with Topic records, one of the oldest, and most influential  independent record companies in the world, as well as other important recordings too numerous to mention. Reg is also an internationally renowned historian and pioneer in the field of 78 rpm reissues of Irish Music.

Reg, now 82, for his most recent recording release will be joined by John Blake and Lamond Gillespie and also by old friend Tommy Maree on the accordion. Reg had previously recorded with master musicians Martin Byrnes, Jimmy Power and Julia Clifford under the same roof.

John Blake (internationally acclaimed flute player and accompanist) has an ever increasing number of recording credits to his name including his solo flute album "The Narrow Edge" 2013. Respected as a major talent by all who encounter him, his musicianship puts him at the pinnacle of the music.  

Fiddle player Lamond Gillespie has made two recordings with John Blake and Mick Leahy and one with piper Cormac Cannon and John Blake. Reviews for these recordings include - "Wonderful release ... twelve tracks of this kind of music is just too little" – Celtic Grooves, America; "Hard to find, indeed rare of this quality" – Scotsman; "Glorious Cd" – Tommy Peoples. He also teaches the violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

A CD launch will accompany a Concert in St Mary and St Andrew Social Club, Dollis Hill, London NW2.

Saturday 7th November, 9pm. Admission £5


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