Howth Singing Circle (Ciorcal Ceol Bheann Éadair) was started in 2001 in memory of Brendan ‘Bull’ Moore, local fisherman and fine singer.
We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 9 pm sharp, in the Abbey Tavern pub, 28 Abbey St, Howth, Co. Dublin . The contribution is €4.
We are a traditional singers’ club, however we welcome any song. The Club is run by a small Committee but each monthly session is run by two different people who pick a theme and suggest songs for a printed Song Book. Sandwiches or other food are provided half way through the night.
We regularly have guests and in the past we have had had Len Graham, Gerry Cullen, Micil Ned Quinn, Con ‘Fada’ O’Drisceoil, Daoiri Farrell, Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne, Andy Irvine, Martyn Wyndham-Read, among others and – at the Burns Nichts – the Handsworth Sword Dancers from Sheffield, Loic and Guenahel Denis [biniou and bombarde] from Brittany, Fred Morrison [Scots piper] and Steve Byrne [Malinky], and Paul Anderson [fiddle] and Shona Donaldson [singer]. Fred Morrison and Stevie Byrne and Kathleen MacInnes [South Uist] and Siobhán Miller [Penicuik].
Every November we hold an annual ‘Dinner Dance’ with music, dancing and a meal in one of Howth’s wonderful restaurants.
Every January we host the annual Burns Nicht in the Abbey Tavern. Limited to 180 there is twice the demand for tickets, such is the popularity of the evening. It is a five hour session and includes haggis, tatties and neeps, sandwiches, a full colour printed programme and Howth St Lawrence Pipe Band!