The annual Sean Nos Class Christmas party takes place on the 20th December this year. The dancers accompanied by musicians tour the pubs of Newmarket and collect money for charity along the way. This years charity is St Joesephs in Charleville. We're hoping for great support again this year as nearly €800 was raised last year for the upkeep of the graveyard in Clonfert.
Poster image from Danny O'Sullivan Archive at Kanturk.ie
Some bits from 2013 Dance Night
Festival CD 2014 is a collection of popular mostly local tunes from the Monday night session played at steady pace. We released a similar CD for the 2013. The ambition is primarly to provide anyone interested in learning the music something they can listen to or play along with. The notation to the tunes on the CD will also be shared here on this website. The inspiration for the project came from the home produced tapes and CDs that are often passed between musicians to share their music.
Most of you may know that Eoin teaches fiddle, banjo, and guitar a few evenings during the week but you may not know that John Byrne teaches whistle, flute and pipes too. John is as great a musician as you'd hear anywhere and we've been told that he's a lovely teacher too. So if you'd be more interested in wind than strings don't hesitate to get in contact [Eoin 087 91 000 87] as he has a few slots he'd like to fill. Here's a video pf John playing a few tunes so you can get an idea of the quality of his playing. Enjoy!
Culture Night, Fri. 19th Sept., was celebrated in great style at Scully's Bar in New St.with an eclectic mix of music, song and dance. There was traditional music and sean-nós dancing, as we would expect in that famed establishment. There was also music and songs ranging from old standards to folk, from Cajun to ballads, a newly composed piece of music for oboe and violin and girl from Boherbue sang the blues. We were held spellbound by recitations, during which you could hear a pin drop, or in one case a tear drop. Bhí bia agus beor ann agus bhí danta as Gailinn ann. Wending their unwilling way home at the end of the night one straggler addressed another, “It was like a party”. And the reply: “It was a party!!”. Roll on 2015 !!!