Boyle Traditional Singers' Circle - Ciorcal Ámhránaíochta Traidisiúnta Mhainistir na Búille

NEXT SESSION: Boyle: Saturday, 20 May 2017.

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to the Boyle Singers' circle - Ciorcal Amhránaíochta Mhainistir na Búille

Traditional unaccompanied singing, in English and Irish.

Dodd’s Crescent Bar (back room), The Crescent, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.
The third Saturday of every month, all year around, 9.30pm onwards.

All singers and listeners welcome.

Summer is coming, Oh, Summer is near. Plenty of seasonal songs to be polished up for May

Some songs to think about:

Autumn to May
(Paul Stookey
 & Peter Yarrow)
Oh, once I had a little dog, his colour it was brown,
I taught his how to whistle, to sing and dance and run.
His legs they were fourteen yards long, his ears so very wide,
Around the world in half a day, upon him I could ride.

One morning, one morning, one morning in May
Oh soldier kind soldier will you marry me
Oh no pretty maiden that never shall be
I've a wife in London and children twice three
Two wives and the army's too many for me
[from James Taylor]

May morning dew
How pleasant in winter to sit by the hob
Listening to the sounds and the bark of a dog
Or in summer to wander the wide valleys through
And to pick the wild flowers in the May morning dew

Barbara Allen
Twas in the merry month of May
When green buds all were swelling
Sweet William on his death bed lay
For love of Barbara Allen.

Not forgetting, the Rocky Road to Dublin, Sliabh Gallion Braes, One morning in May, I carelessly did stray, The cuckoo and more.

Next session: Sat. 20 May 2017

Boyle Traditional Singers' Circle - Ciorcal Ámhránaíochta Traidisiúnta Mhainistir na Búille

NEXT SESSION: Boyle: Saturday, 20 May 2017. 

Boyle: Saturday, 21 January 2017

Special guest (21 Jan 2017): Roisín White. Gradam Ceoil TG4 - Singer of the Year 2015


Boyle: Saturday, 17 December 2016

Boyle: Saturday, 17 December 2016 

Rita Gallagher and TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards 2017

Our congratulations to the Donegal singer, Rita Gallagher, who has been announced the winner of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards 2017 : Traditional Singer/Amhránaí TG4.

Rita was the Boyle Traditional Singers' Session guest at the 2016 Boyle Arts Festival singing session,

Gradam Ceoil TG4 2017 will be broadcast live from Cork Opera House on Sunday, February 19th, at 9.30pm.

SAVE THE DATE: 15 October 2016, Boyle Singers Session Special Guest: Niamh Parsons

SAVE THE DATE: 15 October 2016, Boyle Singers Session, Special Guest:
Niamh Parsons.

Since Niamh's successful visit to the Boyle Trad Singers' session during Boyle Arts Week in 2015, she has launched a new album, Kind Providence, with her partner, Graham Dunne.

Her earthy vocals are shot through with a smoky undertow that captures the darker corners of her songbook. And that songbook has a few treasures lurking within. Irish Times, 18 February 2016.

We're looking forward to hearing Niamh again in Boyle on Saturday 15 October.

Come along, to sing or listen, and be guaranteed an enjoyable night. Free in.

September 2006 - September 2016

With 10 years of singing in the Boyle Traditional Singers session under our belts, we're still hearing songs we haven't heard there before.

Clare sang Kate Rusby's Bring me a boat.

Tony was looking to Tim Dennehy for inspiration, and Clíona to Maureen Jelks and the Back of Rares Hill: 
[…] Another ballad with an unusual twist is Reres Hill, originally from Eck Harley of Fife, though recorded by both Cilla Fisher and Mary Black. The expected pattern of courtship-seduction-desertion is suddenly broken at the end of the song.

There were also conundrums, Eugene sang Alf MacLochlainn's 'To my son in Amerikay':
She wrote him a letter and folded it up and sent it on its way
And upon the cover she carefully wrote “To my son in Americay!”
So it lay round the office for years and years and it gave all the boys a laugh
Until at length it found some use – in the training of the staff!
And to every new postman that came on the job it was shown as Example A
As “Insufficiently addressed ‘To My Son in Americay'”!

Francis quoting from Roald Dahl - born 100 years ago.
We haven't forgotten the older songs, and Frank produced, without any trouble, or much preparation, a song he used to sing often at early Boyle Trad Singers sessions: Cardin's Wild Domain. There's a blogpost here about it, written back in January 2010.

And, in additional to the traditional buns (Bríd), and sandwiches (from Cepta and John this week), there was cake! Chocolate.

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