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South Roscommon Singers Festival
26th to 28th October 2012
Fri. 26th Oct. 2012
2.30pm: Guided Song Saunter at Rindoon Castle
(Assembly: 2pm sharp at Coffee's, Lecarrow).
Rindoon (Rinn Dúin) is regarded as one of the most important complexes of medieval monuments in Ireland.
It can be found on the western shore of L. Ree midway between Athlone and Lanesboro.
4.00 — 7.00pm: Gathering Session
Venue: Coffee's of Lecarrow.
7.30pm: Welcoming Reception
Venue: Murray's Knockcroghery.
8.00pm: Song Talk — 'Cold Mountain'
Sara Grey & Ben Paley use the book & film 'Cold Mountain' as a background
for a presentation of songs from the American Civil War.
9.30pm: Singing Session — Theme: War and Rebellion
Sat. 27th Oct. 2012
11.00am: Public Interview
Guests of Honour, John and Tim Lyons in conversation with Paula Carroll (Clare FM)
12 noon: 'Hilbert's Hotel'
Barbara Dymock sings songs from her latest album and more.
12 noon: Storytelling and Songs for Children & Parents
The ever popular Billy Teare & Kathleen O'Sullivan entertain the young folks.
Venue: Back-room in O'Brien's. (All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
2.00pm: Informal Singing Session
(Venue: O'Brien's Bar)
2.00pm to 5.45pm — Song Talks:
2.00pm Tommy McCarthy & Kitty Cassidy-Flynn
You might catch the aroma of Rabbit Stew or smoke wafting from the camp fire as Tommy & Kitty take you back in time with songs & stories from the traveller tradition.
3.30pm: Marian Harity
Like Colcannon dipped in melted clover flavoured butter, Marian introduces some smooth & tasty songs from her Mayo roots.
4.15pm: Darren Richmond
Darren presents a Lancashire Hotpot of songs & stories from North West England.
5.00pm: Chris Miles
Like traditional Fife Miner's Stew from her native place, Chris presents an eclectic blend of songs from Fife and beyond.
The Roscommon People sponsored
Annie McNulty Award Presentation Concert
Jim Bainbridge & Chris Miles introduce festival guests:
Sara Grey & Ben Paley, Barbara Dymock, Marian Harity, Michael Gordon, Darren Richmond, Billy Teare & Kathleen O'Sullivan, Kitty Cassidy-Flynn & Tommy McCarthy
Guests of Honour: John & Tim Lyons
Venue: The Widow Pat's.... Doors open 7.30pm: ............... Adm: €10
(Tickets available in advance or at the door).
10.30pm: The Late Sessions
In Murray's & The Widow Pat's
Sun. 28th Oct. 2012
12 Noon: Song Talk — 'Atlantic Crossing'
Sara Grey, with accompaniment from Ben Paley, explores the history of song migration across the Atlantic.
2.00pm: 'Unfurl the 'Cotia Banner'
Jim Bainbridge recalls some of the songs, music, personalities & traditions that sprung from the centuries old coal mining industry of Co. Durham in North East England.
3.00pm to 6.00pm: The Offaly Session
Festival Guests and patrons join the Offaly Singers Circles with M.C. Liam Lally.
Venue: The Clay Pipe Lounge.
7.00pm: 'The Happy Couple'
Billy Teare & Kathleen O'Sullivan present some humorous insights into Billy's life as an only child of dour Ulster Scots parents, described by him as, “a couple of square pegs in a vicious circle”.
8.30pm: Closing Session — 'Comic Songs & Storytelling'
Michael Gordon, Jim Bainbridge & Billy Teare, with other guests and patrons, share comic songs, parodies and stories. Always a memorable finale to Ireland's Premier Singers Festival!
N.B. *Venue for all events is Murray's Lounge, Knockcroghery, unless otherwise stated.
*All events — adm. free except Sat. concert.
Tel: Declan @ + 353 (0)87 966 7029
Marina @ + 353 (0)87 225 4695
Web Site: www.southroscommon.ie
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South Roscommon Singers Festival. a wondrous cornucopia of delights!
Festival Guests 2012:
Jim Bainbridge, Durham, England; Chris Miles, Fife, Scotland; Sara Grey & Ben Paley, U.S. & U.K; Barbra Dymock, Dundee, Scotland; Tommy McCarthy, Offaly & London; Kitty Cassidy-Flynn, Waterford; Billy Teare & Kathleen O'Sullivan, N. Ireland & London; Darren Richmond, Lancashire, England; Marian Harity, Roscommon Michael Gordon, Wicklow
Guests of Honour: John & Tim Lyons
Annie McNulty Award - Roll of Honour
2003 — Robbie McMahon
2004 — Pauline Hanly
2005 — Len Graham
2006 — Sarah & Rita Keane
2007 — Mick Moloney
2008 — Sean Garvey
2009 — Bob Davenport
2010 — Jimmy Crowley
2011 — Ron Kavana
2012 — John & Tim Lyons
South Roscommon Singers Circle meets on the 1st Saturday of each month, September to June, in Murray's, Knockcroghery. All singers, bards, storytellers, liars and listeners welcome.
Annie McNulty (1887 — 1970)
Annie McNulty was born Annie Brigid Burke in Cloonmurla, Kilteevan, a few miles from Knockcroghery in Co. Roscommon on the 2nd Dec. 1887. In 1910 she immigrated to New York where she later married John McNulty from Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim, John died young, leaving her with two small children — Eileen (b. 1915) and Peter (b. 1917). Annie and her family went on to become a hugely popular Irish entertainment group among the English speaking communities of the N. E. United States and Canada from the mid 1920s right up to 1962. They had their own radio show in New York; they made scores of recordings (78s and vinyl) and for 16yrs. staged their own variety show, 'The Irish Showboat Review' at the Brooklyn Accademy of Music and the Opera House with a full cast of performers. Annie died in Hoboken, New Jersey, in January 1970.