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

3rd Saturday of every month. Next session: 15th August 2019.

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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.

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.

Boyle Traditional Singers promise another excellent night of singing for the Boyle Arts Festival 2016

Rita Gallagher from Donegal is to be the guest at the Boyle Arts Festival singers' night, hosted by the Boyle Traditional Singers Circle, this year.

Thursday 28th July
8pm – 9.30pm Boyle traditional Singers Workshop with Rita Gallagher
Dodd’s The Crescent Bar €5 (includes admission to singers night)
9.30pm Boyle Traditional Singers Session with Rita Gallagher

Rita launched an album of her songs at the Cavan Fleadh in 2010 which has grown steadily in popularity since then. It's a 37 track CD, 20 newly recorded for the CD and some 17 tracks having been restored from older cassette tapes. The songs are traditional Donegal songs and include 'Lurgy Stream’, ‘John Adair’ and ‘Sheephaven Bay.’

 The shores of Lough Bran

More about Rita from the Boyle Arts Festival site :
Rita Gallagher is from Ballymacahill, Frosses in County Donegal, and is noted as one of the finest traditional Irish singers.
She is a three-time winner of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All-Ireland title for female singing in English and regularly participates in festivals, workshops, and singing events throughout the country. Rita has also toured throughout Britain, Canada and the U.S. with Comhaltas.
Rita comes from a family of wonderful singers, including both her parents and her siblings. Although she always sang, she only came to traditional singing in her early twenties. She credits the great traditional singer Paddy Tunney among her most significant influences.
Rita’s recordings include The May Morning Dew, a collection of 20 traditional songs in English released in 2010, and her 14-song collection, Easter Snow, recorded in 1997. Her low, beautifully rich voice, eloquent ornamentation and restrained delivery make Rita a compelling and much admired singer.

Julie Fowlis and Rita Gallagher

Irish arts, culture and heritage needs a dedicated government Department

The words ‘environment’ ‘heritage’ and ‘community’ been culled from the titles of all Departments by the Irish government in 2016.

The campaign:

Irish arts, culture and heritage needs adequate funding and a dedicated government Department

 is looking for signatures. Will you take action on this campaign?

You can add your name by signing the online petition. Well over 10,000 people have already signed it. Every name that is added, builds momentum around the campaign and shows just how many people care.

Follow discussion on the campaign on twitter at @UpliftIRL

This is being posted to show support for the Arts, Heritage and Environment in general. The Boyle Traditional Singers Circle has not, to date, (10 years on the go, September this year) applied for or received any Government Department funding for any of its activities. Apart from major events, such as the session during Boyle Arts Week at the end of July, admission is free and participation is voluntary. As Eddie Butcher sang, we're 'free and easy to jog along'.

News from the Irish Traditional Music Archive:

“It was mighty!” Irish music in London, a talk by Dr Reg Hall

Saturday, 14 May 2016 from 16:00 to 17:00

To celebrate the launch of 2 new CD collections & e-book of Irish music in London from Topic Records, ITMA is hosting an afternoon talk by Dr Reg Hall in 73 Merrion Square.

Later, there will be a London Irish concert in the Cobblestone, 77 King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin, at 9 pm, Saturday evening.

February 2016

We ditched January as a bad job this year, at the Boyle Trad Singers’ Session, and started the year’s singing in February. We began on a high, with special guest, Joe Corscadden. 

During the evening, Bríd sang about Josie McDermott, Tony wasn’t going to be put off by the skipping of the January session and gave us January Man and later, In London so fair. Clíona’s contribution was Reynardine and Two sisters. It was great to see John Normanly there, and he had Sean Mone’s song, Jack Campbell  and also, Where are you tonight I wonder.

Helen sang Molly Ban, the story of which, it's said, is the echo of a myth from long before Ovid’s time. Later she sang another great song, the Lake of Coolfin. One of George’s songs was about John O’Reilly, from near the town of Bray, a broken token song “Oh daughter dear, I’m not severe, here is 2000 pounds”.  Sad ending though: Reilly and she drowned, both.

Paddy Joe from near Kilkelly was another star of the evening. He was called on to sing several times, and did.  Come back come back [to] Aghamore. Then he told us his neighbour wrote a song about him going to Bolton, far away from Kilkelly town.  His friend, gave us a recitation on Tureen, Aghamore, describing every shop that was there, 59 in all, in 1944, when the local priest was Fr. Horan. Later on, a second recitation was about the Travelling Shop.  To hear this recitation was an introduction to all the stock that was supplied by those shops at that time.

Kevin was conscious of the 100 year commemorations, and sang “I joined the flying column” and later, Grace (Gifford, Joseph Mary Plunkett’s wife/widow). 

Annette made her debut, I think, with Sonny don’t go away and Sweet Forget me not. Thanks Annette. Anne, also present, may make hers next time? Eh Anne? And Seán (I missed out on the first song, sorry Seán) – “Do you remember we traipsed around...”

Patsy, a lovely singer from the Ballymote singing session (last Weds, every 2nd month) sang about the drowning in 1894 in Lough Arrow, of James Steward. Later she sang about the three-leaved shamrock. 

Called on several times during the session, Joe Corscadden was an entertaining guest, and sang and recited with great enthusiasm. He gave several of the favourites, by choice and by request, including The Tinkerman’s daughter, Raglan Road, the one about the Wife getting dressed to go out - It's 9! and we're late! and ended with his Fracking recitation and Lovely Leitrim. Thanks Joe.

Brendan Fox, from Elphin was there to let us know there’ll be singing on Easter Saturday, March 26th, in Elphin, in the Bothar Rua Pub, in the lounge at back- from 8pm ish.

Agus beidh muide ar ais díreach tar éis Lá ‘le Pádraig, agus an tseachtain roimh Cháisc, leis an chéad seisiúin eile. 
NEXT session: Sat., March 20th, 2016.

February session: special guest, Joe Corscadden

We're delighted to welcome Joe Corscadden, from the Sligo Traditional Singers' Circle, as our special guest at this month's Boyle Traditional Singers' session, on Saturday 20th February in Dodd's Crescent Bar.

Joe is a frequent visitor to the Boyle session, and always a popular and an entertaining one. This is the first time he's been the special guest, and we're looking forward to hearing a good deal more of his repertoire, both songs and recitations.

A guaranteed good night, hope to see you all there.

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