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.
‘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)