‘You’d think the whole country of Erin was waiting to get on the boat. There’s accents from Antrim to Kerry, from Westport to the high hills of Howth. And in no time, we’re into Dun Laoghaire, and the dawn rising clear in the sky. I’m on the last leg of my journey. It’s hello to the fair Aran Isles.’
Those appearing at the concert which will feature music, song, the piping in of a haggis and poetry will be
Paul & Shona Anderson, Steve Byrne, Mairi Campbell, Tim Dennehy, Francy Devine, Morag Dunbar, David Francis, Scott Gardiner, Gilly Hewitt, Caoimhe Hogarty, Jimmy Hutchison, John Kelly Band (John Kelly, Larry Egan, Mick Mullen), Noel Kelly, Helen Lahert, Kirsteen McCue, Daire Ó Baoill, Dave O’Connor, Liam O’Connor, Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne, Alan & Carole Prior, Ann Riordan, Gary West
For a’ that, an’ a’ that, / It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the warld o’er, /Shall brithers be for a’ that
To kick off our Twentieth Anniversary, we will commence the new season with an Open Zoom Session on Thursday 10 September at 8pm.
Our ‘Three in a Row’ guest is our regular Howth singer Eddie Phillips.
To take part, you will need either a mobile phone with a camera or a computer
with a webcam. You will also need to create a free account with Zoom and/or
download the Zoom app. Please visit https://zoom.us/signup to set up and download
the relevant software. Meeting ID and Password will be sent on request to Ann riordan at firstname.lastname@example.org
For singers and musicians, the Lockdown imposed by Covid 19 means no sessions. Howth Singing Circle is in abeyance until precautions are eased and it is safe to reassemble to enjoy each other’s company and songs. There are, of course, many Zoom sessions being held and you can both tune in and enjoy some singing or you can seek to participate yourself. We are aware of Zoom sessions being promoted by Bray, An Góilín, The Night Before Larry Got Stretched and The Sunflower, Belfast, and would recommend them to you. There is also a Cancelled Singing Sessions FB page. Many musicians are also hosting events online – either as live sessions or recordings. Those who earn their living from performance are, like many others in different walks of life, suddenly bereft of income. You can help by contributing by purchasing artists’ material that is available through Bandcamp and other hosting platforms, direct from a favourite artist’s web or Facebook page where recordings can be sourced, or by showing your appreciation of online sessions like those held each Friday by our old friends Paul and Shona Anderson.
We have been putting some recordings up on the Howth Singing Circle Facebook pages inviting you to enjoy artists like Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne or Tony Fitzpatrick and to support their recordings. Of course, many hundreds of thousands are taking financial hits but for the vast majority of musicians, their income, even in good economic times, is precarious and erratic.
If there is anything else you feel you would like Howth Singing Circle to do, please let us know.
Until we can resume our normal activities, we salute our health care and other front-line workers for everything they are doing on all our behalf. Stay safe everyone.