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.