May 2020

Our latest Sweet Nightingale Magazine is available now

https://howthsingingcircle.com/sweet-nightingale/

The Silence of Covid 19

  • 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.

March 2020

 

Spring Marching

 

Fear an Tí – Brian Doyle

& Guest Mick Cantwell (accordion)

 

Thursday, 5 March

Abbey Tavern, 9pm sharp

 

all welcome – musicians, singers and listeners

 

‘And that’s what we mean when we say that a thing
Is welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring.
Tra la la la la la, la’

February 2020

Howth Singing Circle – Oíche Gaelach

With Special Guest

Máire Ní Choilm

Maire with the Corn Uí Riada Cup, 2019

Fear an Tí – Daire Ó Baoill

 

Thursday, 6 February

Abbey Tavern, 9pm sharp

 

all welcome – musicians, singers and listeners

 

‘A ógánaigh óig dá siúlfá an ród liom / Ba deas do lóistín is do leaba luí
Bheadh fliúit is orgán ag seinm ceoil duit / A thógfadh an brón seo go léir ód’ chroí.’

The latest edition of our magazine Sweet Nightingale is now available

https://howthsingingcircle.com/sweet-nightingale/

January 2020 HSC

Howth Singing Circle – January Session 2020

‘Spilling the Behans …’

 

 

Fir an Tí – Tony McGaley & Gerry O’Connor

Three in a Row – Dara Yeates

Thursday, 9 January

at 9pm, Abbey Tavern, Howth

All welcome – musicians, singers and listeners

‘As down the glen came McAlpine’s men / With their shovels slung behind them ‘Twas in the pub they drank the sub /And up in the spike you’ll find them
They sweated blood and they washed down mud / With pints and quarts of beer And now we’re on the road again / With McAlpine’s fusiliers’

 

Burns Nicht tickets will be available on the night – €20 each

Sat 25 January, Abbey Tavern, 8-12.30 with The Tannahill Weavers, St Lawrence Howth Pipe Band, John Kelly & Friends, George Duff & the Howth Singing Circle Shanty Singers!

Sun 26 January, Abbey Tavern, 3-6, Fare Thee Weel Session with George Duff (Edinburgh)

Booking for Burns Nicht is essential

HSC Christmas Night 5th December 2019

HOWTH SINGING CIRCLE CHRISTMAS SESSION

‘From Dawn ‘Til Setting Sun’

 

 

With Special Guest – Tim Dennehy

Bean agus Fear an Tí – Ann Riordan agus Laurence Bond

Thursday, 5th December 2019 At 8.30

Abbey Tavern, Howth

Free Christmas Raffle

All welcome, singers, musicians, listeners.

‘So leave the door upon the latch, and set the fire to sleep,

and prey they’ll rest with us tonight when all the world’s asleep.

Don’t blow the tall white candle out but leave it burning bright,

So that they know they’re welcome here this holy Christmas Night’

 

 

7th November 2019

Howth Singing Circle – November Session 

Women’s Songs

 

with Helen Lahert & Niamh Parsons

Thursday, 7 November

at 8.30pm, Abbey Tavern

 

all welcome – musicians, singers and listeners

 

‘There’s coopers there an curers there an buyers, canny chiels

An lassies at the picklin an ithers at the creels

An you’ll wish the fish had been a’ left in the sea

By the time you finish guttin herrin on the Yarmouth quay’.

October 2019 UPDATE

Howth Singing Circle –October Session

Due to weather forecast the October session has been unfortunately cancelled, and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Special Guest – Liam O’Connor

Thursday, 3 October

at 8.30pm, Abbey Tavern

The night begins with Liam giving a presentation on –

‘The Work of the Irish Traditional Music Archive’

All welcome – musicians, singers and listeners – Please note earlier start time.

‘With shut eyes, we tapped our feet

to ‘The Frightened Policeman’,

‘The Raked Fire’ and the Killanéd Waltz’,

marvelling as a wax cylinder was re-wound …’