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Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)

Jim Carroll 19 May 08 - 03:18 AM
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Subject: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 19 May 08 - 03:18 AM

Any Irish music lovers out there will be sad to hear of the death of Kitty Hayes
Kitty took up the concertina in her youth, but laid it aside to bring up her family and work the farm with her husband, Josie.
We used to see her at Gleesons in Coore, where the locals danced sets to the music of Junior Crehan, Pat Kelly, her husband Josie, a fine flute player, and the group of older musicians known locally, and somewhat disrespectfully as 'Dad's Army' or sometimes 'The Stiff Six' (all fine traditional musicians). She would get up to dance the set, and occasionally sing a song, but nobody knew her as a musician, until one night, after Josie's death, she turned up with her concertina and floored everyone with her playing; she was then around 70.
She went from strength to strength, getting her skill back, and became a regular at Gleesons, teaming up with a fine young Dutch uilleann piper, Peter Laban.
She made two solo CDs of her music, and after a couple of recordings sessions in our kitchen, where she sang to us for the album of Clare songs, 'Around The Hills of Clare', we persuaded her to think about a duet CD with Peter, resulting in the magnificent 'They'll Be Good Yet' in 2005. All the CDs are available through the OAC (Oidreacht An Chláir) website.
She and Peter became known, respected and much sought after in traditional music circles; one of their last bookings together being in the beautiful setting of Bantry House, at one of the regular music recitals.
She was due to attend the launch of the song CD 'Cascades of Song' on Saturday night, but was found to have quietly passed away some time the night before.
A wonderful, talented, modest, quietly humourous lady, she will be missed by everybody who knew her or knew of her music.
Her funeral is at 6pm tonight at Queally's funeral home, Miltown Malbay, followed by a service at Coore Church.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 May 08 - 03:26 AM

very sad news.


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: open mike
Date: 19 May 08 - 03:36 AM

How wonderful that she was able to take up the music and record "Cascades" Too bad that she did not produce the music all thru
her farming years, but thankfully she was able to leave some
recordings to remember her (and the music) by.


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: sapper82
Date: 19 May 08 - 03:44 AM

Another death to mourn, but what a well lived life to celebrate!
My sympathy to those that knew her.


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 19 May 08 - 05:25 AM

open mike
Sorry, my poor explanation.
Cascades of Song is a CD of various singers made at the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing. Kitty was to be at the launch as a guest.
She has 3 of her own CDs (1 with Peter Laban) and also appears on the anthology of Clare singers 'Around The Hills of Clare (which is rapidly coming to the end of it's 3rd pressing and may not be re-issued).
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 19 May 08 - 05:47 AM

Very sorry to hear this. R.I.P.


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 19 May 08 - 06:19 AM

Should one of the clones add the "Obit:" prefix to this thread?


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 19 May 08 - 06:26 AM

Hi Bonnie,
Yes, should have done that myself.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 19 May 08 - 06:47 AM

Very sorry to hear this.

I shall never forget the year Kitty 'came back on the scene' as it were, at the 'Willie Clancy Week' about 10 years ago, she was an absolute knockout and received a huge ovation from the audience!

I too, remember well the great sessions at Gleesons and wasn't averse to joining in with the occasional set myself which was great fun, one never knew what the locals were going to do next in the figures but that was an essential part of the experience!

I organised a bit of a session at my cottage about 4 years ago and asked her if she would like to come, there was no hesitation (Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh played at the same session), what an evening!

I'm not an expert, but she seemed to play in a very relaxed style, the W.Clare style, presumably, although I believe she was actually born in N.Clare.

The links with the past seem to be slipping away at a rapid rate of knots (or is it just me getting older)!

The loss of these older players with their unique playing styles just cannot be calculated, very sad.

R.I.P. indeed.


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: GUEST
Date: 19 May 08 - 07:08 AM

Yeh sad news it was.
Her natural rhythm is a joy to behold,thank god we have her music still.We owe great thanks to her dear friend Peter L for recording and championing her music, their Theyl be good yet cd is what the music is all about.
    God rest her soul,and thanks for the wonderful music.


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: olddude
Date: 19 May 08 - 07:31 AM

I remember, and very sad to hear that
she is in my prayers


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Subject: RE: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 19 May 08 - 08:08 AM

I should have said the Kitty was one of the old style players of an instrument that was, if not exclusively, certainly predominantly played by women here in West Clare.
All Irish music lovers have heard of the legendary Mrs Crotty, from Kilrush, but there were very many more old style women players, not least Miltown Malbay's Mary Haren - sadly the only examples we have of her playing is the tiny handful of tunes recorded by Seamus Ennis in the 60s on behalf of the BBC.
One afternoon I visited a good friend, the late John Joe Healy, orginally from West Clare, but then living in Worcester Park, just outside London.
As well as being a fine fiddle and concertina player himself, he was a fiddle maker and repairer, and we sat in his garden shed-cum-workshop while he talked about the music back home in his native Quilty.
He listed 38 women concertina players within walking distance of his home, including his mother.
While there are many younger players taking up the instrument, including women (notably Miltown's Edel Fox), Kitty was probably the last of the older tradition around here. Her influence has made sure that the music will be played by the next couple of generations.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 19 May 08 - 11:20 AM

We played some tunes last week, as we would, and talked about 'old' people. Kitty mentioned her concert in Cellbridge library a few weeks ago and referred to Paddy Cronin as 'a very 'old man'. She had a good laugh when I told her he couldn't be much older than herself. We talked a bit about that and I remembered Micho Russell talking to me about Martin Rochford, who was born in the same year as Micho. Kitty said 'well, we don't feel ourselves getting old do we?'

We probably don't but jesus Jim, at 51 I do wonder why you call me a young piper.

I sat with Kitty for a half hour or so yesterday, having a piece of apple tart she herself baked on the friday evening. She looked so peaceful and fragile with the concertina at her feet in the coffin.

What a swan song she had!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: GUEST
Date: 19 May 08 - 12:28 PM

My deepest sympathy, Peter.
It was great that you could be there.










Christina O'Shaughnessy
Geneva, Switzerland


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: open mike
Date: 19 May 08 - 01:29 PM

Is the concertina going under the ground with her?
Perhaps it should stay above ground so it can bring
music to those on this side of the soil.

Sharon Shannon is one of the "distaff side" concertina
players that i have heard of. She is from County Clare.
Another is Kristina Olsen from U.S.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 19 May 08 - 01:58 PM

Maybe just to add a bit to Jim's piece: we did play at the Master's of Tradition in Bantry House last summer and 'we' were Kitty, myself, Eoin O Neill on Bouzouki and Mick Kinsella playing harmonica and concertina. We went on the invitation of Martin Hayes who is the artistic director of the festival, after he saw us play at the Galaconcert of the Feakle festival in 2006. Martin was very taken with Kitty's rhythm and the 'heart' in her music. In Bantry we played the Friday night concert in magnificent surrounding and to a lovely appreciative audience, Kitty, while at first apprehensive of the travel involved,took it all in her stride, engaging in banter with Christy Moore in the green room before the concert and staying on (while I went home) for a special concert with Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, on their special invitation. 'You know, Peter' she said afterward 'They had all the set off our CD learnt and they just carried me along'.

The big highlight was probably the special tribute concert that took place in Glor in Ennis on november 15th. She was joined by Eoin O Neill, Dympna O Sullivan, Josephine Marsh, Mick Kinsella and myself, with Tim Dennehy acting as MC. The hall was filled with friends, neighbours and family and she thrived on the company, surpassing herself in every way, she was flying it. It was a great and memorable night by any standard.

Only last week we got a few new tunes together and she loved them, keen to play them 'out'. It was not to be.


She never made that 3d CD either.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: GUEST
Date: 19 May 08 - 05:26 PM

Christy Mc Namara, its with great sadness that I have learned of Kitty's passing. May she rest in peace. I had the great pleasure of playing with her at the Auburn Lodge earlier this year in a night of great fun and music. She had that old beautiful music that brought me back to the the playing of my Father Joe's and musicians of that era. She will be be sadly missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 19 May 08 - 06:41 PM

I've copied a couple of Jim Carrol's comments over onto the BBC Radio 2's Folk & Acoustic message board (hope you don't mind, Jim?)

Perhaps contributors to this thread would also like to add their bit on the BBC board as not all folkies look here?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P.
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 May 08 - 02:27 AM

Delighted Jim.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 May 08 - 08:44 AM

Just got back from a packed to the door Coore church with a crowd unable to get in
Peter did a very moving A Stór Mo Chroí at the graveside and plenty of other musicians to give her a good send-off - the only thing missing was Kitty's pile-driving foot stamping out the rhythm.
This appeared in our local paper this morning - if my postings stop you'll find me in Limerick Gaol for infringing copyright laws.
Jim Carroll

LAST November, Clare People journalist Andrew Hamilton interviewed Clare concertina legend, Kitty Hayes, who died at the weekend. The occasion was a tribute concert in her honour at Glor Irish Music Centre in Ennis. We reproduce that article in memory of a gentle woman whose unassuming nature belied her outstanding contribution to Clare's musical legacy. May she rest in peace.

One by one, the yellow leaves fall and find new homes among the cob¬ble and pavement of a quiet London thoroughfare. The year is 1999, November to be precise, and the icy weather has made the street a lonely place. Lonely and silent.
Just 50 feet away, however, the air is thick with the warm sound of mu¬sic. In the bed of his modest flat, Joe Hayes plays on his banjo. Sitting in a rocking chair nearby, Joe's mother Kitty works away on the concertina, swaying back and forth as she plays in the last of the winter sunshine.
The room sings with the music of west Clare, the sounds of home.
Just a month earlier, music was the last thing on Kitty's mind. Recently widowed and moving to London to care for her terminally ill son, she hadn't even picked up a concertina for more than 50 years.
But desperate times call for desperate measures.
"I married when I was 21 or 22, and 1 played on for a while then. But the babies started to come then and I had no time or energy for music. So it faded away. There were seven children to take care of and farm work to be done. It took up all our time.
"But I knew that maybe some day I might try it again. Then my husband got a stroke and passed away and the following year my son, who lived and worked in England, was diagnosed with cancer.
"I used go and spend weeks on end with him, just keeping him company and keeping things right, and trying to make him eat. In the end, he went out and bought the concertina and persuaded me to start playing again.
"He gave me all the encouragement in the world to go back and play and I finally gave in. I thought it was too late but he said no. He knew it would be good for me. He would have such a smile on his face when he saw that 1 was making progress. His face would light up. He loved it.
"He was playing music himself, even until the last few days before he died. We played together, him on the banjo or the tin whistle. When he finally lost his battle, it was such a shock to my system that I thought I wouldn't be able to play again, but as time went on, I found a healing in playing. I persuaded myself that I should do what he thought would make me happy. I wanted to do it in his memory."
Kitty's first taste of music came when she was just a girl, growing up in Moy in the 1930s.
"My father, Peter Smith, played the concertina. He used to play with Willie Clancy's father, Gilbert Clancy. They travelled the place on foot at the time — it was the time of the house dances.
"I remember him buying a new concertina on Christmas Eve. We were all young and we were fascinated with the music. I knew what music was since I was very young and I loved it. I was anxious to try and play it at some stage. My father was very possessive of his new concertina and I had to steal it off him every chance I got.
"Later on, I picked up bits and pieces that my father played. I had it all from listening to music. My head was bursting with the music but I had no way of playing it. But then my father gave in and gave me his concertina."
Kitty married concert flutist Josie Hayes, but it was not until she re¬turned in her early 70s from London after Joe's death, that the time was finally right for her own music career to take off.
"I used to go into Custy's in Ennis to look at concertinas — just to pass away the time when I was in town. Eoin O'Neill and John O'Connor worked there. They used to give me a concertina and a chair to sit down and play my bits and pieces.
"After some time, they asked me if I would play five or six tunes to put in a CD that they were making. I finally agreed. We recorded the lot in my daughter's kitchen in Ennis. We had a great ould time.
"I never felt the day passing. I never really understood what I was doing because I didn't know much about CDs at the time. As it ended up, they made a full CD of my music. I owe it to Eoin O'Neill for getting me on the road."
After the success of her first record, A Touch Of Clare, Kitty moved on to record her second CD, They'll Be Good Yet, with Dutch piper Peter Laban in 2005.
"I was very nervous. It was much worse the second time out because I knew what I was doing. There were times that I thought I would give it up. I didn't like the studio so Martin O'Malley brought down his mobile studio and recorded in my house. And we got through it in the end. It was good. I think I would be too nervous to record anymore. I've had a great time of it and so many peo¬ple have helped me along the way.
"I had six more in the family after I lost Joe. They were all so encouraging and helpful and helped me so much.
"So I'll keep playing the music as long as I can. It still has that healing feeling, that I am doing it for my son. He's still enjoying it with me. I know that he's looking down on me.
"Every time I go to play, I can see his face smiling. It's a wonderful feeling. I wouldn't tell that to many people because I don't think they'd believe me. But that's the feeling. That's the thing that gave me healing when I was broken-hearted."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 May 08 - 09:54 AM

Peter,
You are right; Kitty only made one solo record.
I was confusing it with the fact that she was included on the Gleeson's Record 'Dear Friends We Meet'.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Becky Deryckx
Date: 21 May 08 - 04:05 PM

Peter---My heart goes out to you for the loss of such a dear friend and playing partner. My deep thanks to you, to Eoin O'Neil, and to all those who knew her well, for bringing Kitty and her music to the rest of us. Though I live at an enormous distance from the countryside in West Clare, Kitty has been an absolute inspiration for me ever since Eoin brought copies of her first album to the Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp here in NW Washington State. I have listened and relistened and listened yet again to her music, and have learned so much about rhythm and lift from hearing her play...both on her own and with you. She died as she lived: with a good cup of tea, and the music in her heart until her heart simply and finally gave out. We should all be so lucky; and in the meantime we owe it to her and to ourselves to get as much enjoyment from playing the tunes in her memory as she did in playing for the memory of her son.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: Willie-O
Date: 21 May 08 - 05:55 PM

Remarkable and moving thread. So sorry for the loss of those who knew her, but glad you had her in your lives.

The obit thread for Capt Dennis Trone last week brought the same thought to mind: how come I only hear about these amazing people when they die? Better than not at all I suppose.

I'd love to hear a sample of Kitty Hayes' music, is there any online?

Willie-O
many more tunes yet


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Becky Deryckx
Date: 21 May 08 - 07:27 PM

Willie-O, check out the postings on YouTube for sure. But do yourself an enormous favor, and buy her albums also...both her solo album, and the absolutely exquisite "They'll Be Good Yet" CD that she recorded with Peter Laban 3 years ago. I am a flute player myself, but the effect she has had on me and on my playing has been profound. You'll not find a better example of 'the pure drop' anywhere, or on any instrument, than by listening to Kitty Hayes.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 22 May 08 - 08:40 AM

Here's a clip:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6N9oc_b6utI


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 24 May 08 - 08:29 AM

Peter Laban has posted a nice obituary on the Musical Traditions website:

Click here

Regards


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 24 May 08 - 11:47 AM

The obituary on MusTrad is maybe not an obituary proper, it's an edited version (edited by Rod Stradling)of a few thoughts that I penned on the day o Kitty's death for the Concertina.net discussion forums.

The original (with a few photographs) is posted here:

http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=7582


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 24 May 08 - 11:50 AM

I didn't realise HTML would work here so that would be : here


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 25 May 08 - 09:07 AM

Thanks, Peter.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 May 08 - 10:25 AM

You're welcome Martin.
They were only a few thoughts on the day, there would be so much more to say.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Guest - Liz
Date: 27 May 08 - 11:22 AM

I bought a concertina last September & have been messing around with it & trying to get a few tunes together. I went online to see what resources were available & found information on Kitty Hayes. In the past week I thought I'd try & find where to get her CDs and I've just logged on & discovered that at the very time I was thinking about her, she was departing this life for sunnier shores. May her gentle soul be at peace.I was fortunate to be at the concert in Bantry House and to hear her lovely sweet rhythmic music. It would lift your heart! Let's hope we can keep her music alive for generations to come
Liz


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 28 May 08 - 02:26 AM

Nice thought Liz,
Kitty has been a great influence on the music here in West Clare.
On the last couple of St Patrick's Day Parades there have been hordes of youngsters playing traditional music, which is directly due to the effect Kitty and her generation of musicians has had.
This town boasts one of the finest young concertina players in the country, Edel Fox, who is now giving lessons herself, guaranteeing that there will be at least one more generation playing the music.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 28 May 08 - 05:55 AM

In fairness Jim, it's a nice thought crediting Kitty with such a big influence but when talking about the young generation the reason so many are playing is directly related to having Brid O Donohue's classes in town which is the single most important influence on young people and most important motivator for them taking up and sticking with music. Edel by the way has been teaching for nearly ten years now.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 28 May 08 - 06:47 AM

I think I see the point Jim Carroll is making, Brid O'Donoghue (& Edel Fox) are just carying on the continuity of the style of playing which the older generation of players like Kitty Hayes had (the West Clare style).

With so many modern influences, not least of which is the speed with which everything seems to happen these days - old local styles, (whether it be music, language, habits, traditions, customs), can, and do, get very rapidly lost, sometimes forever!

The importance of this cannot be over-emphasised.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: Seán Báite
Date: 30 May 08 - 04:07 AM

Peter Browne plays a track from the above-mentioned CD of Kitty Hayes with Peter Laban on his Rolling Wave programme on Irish radio.
Go here :
Rolling Wave homepage
and it should still be in the latest show. There's lots of good stuff before his tribute to Kitty - but go forward to around the 44th minute if you want to get straight to the track.
If you look over the archive programmes, also on the site, there are a lot that are tributes to recently (or not so recently) deceased legends.
Lovely thread - and lovely article up above - thanks to Jim Carroll for transcribing. Rest in peace Kitty.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 31 May 08 - 06:54 AM

Thanks for that Sean, nice little tribute from Peter Browne.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 31 May 08 - 10:53 AM

Clare Library brings together a few tributes, although not all of them, here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 01 Jun 08 - 07:58 AM

This is worth a look at too (Clare County Library webpage):

http://clarelibrary.blogspot.com/2008/05/kitty-hayes-concertina-player-passed.html


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 01 Jun 08 - 08:00 AM

Oops, sorry, made a link to the wrong place, meant to send it to the BBC Folk & Aacoustic site!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 02 Jun 08 - 09:11 AM

I just received the following (I asked) about the Bantry Masters of Tradition concerts:

Just to let you know that the recording of Kitty Hayes from the Masters of Tradition Festival 2007 will be broadcast next Sunday at 6pm on Grace Notes on RTE lyric fm as part of our second programme of highlights from the festival.






the broadcast can be heard on Lyric FM or through the website at:

http://www.rte.ie/lyricfm/trad/


where the shows are also stored for a week


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 07:09 AM

That's great news Peter, 'Grace Notes' is always well worth listening too anyway (I'm a regular)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: Fiolar
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 08:18 AM

Fans of the late Kitty may be interested to know that RTE Lyric FM (channel 0165 on satellite) is transmitting some of her music tonight June 8th on the programme "Grace Notes" hosted by Ellen Cranitch. It starts at 6PM.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Máire McGing (NicFhnn)
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 10:50 AM

Ní raibh fhios agam go dtí aréir de bharr a bheith as baile go raibh Kitty Hayes ar lár taréis dom breathnú ar athchraoladh de chlár faisnéise fúithi ar TG4.

I still think of the day during Willie Clancy Week 2007 when she came in from a street in Miltown Malbay to Jacqueline McCarthy's workshop, put her shopping bags down beside her chair, borrowed Jacque's concertina, and played for the best part of an hour to the delight of all the students in Jacque's class. We all joined in on the tunes we knew. She was a lovely, dignified lady, who was full of music. I'll treasure that memory. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
Máire McGing (NicFhinn)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,hervé
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 12:48 PM

As a musician (I'm a flute player) I am deeply saddened by Kitty Hayes' passing. I never met her (saw her on stage) but when I heard her playing for the first time on Clare FM in august 2000 I got a shock, like I stopped what I was doing and I listened not believing my ears ! somebody was still able to play that way, it was incredible; so I bought the cds afterwards.
As a "producer" on a local private radio in Paris I'm glad to anounce that I'll pay a tribute to Kitty along with a friend of mine who knew Kitty and went to her place in Shanavogh for the last 3 or 4 years before her death. We will broadcast tracks of her cds as well as recordings made by Franck; we'll talk also about other concertina players like Tommy Mccarthy and Paddy Murphy. That will be on sunday the 2nd of november 2008 on radio-libertaire from 12 to one pm; it's possible to get it through the net on www.federation-anarchiste.org/media on the following week

hervé cantal


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 29 Oct 08 - 08:12 AM

Fair play to you Herve, obviously a person of good choice! I live within a couple of miles of Kitty's home and I can tell you she is still very sorely missed around here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 12:25 PM

Maybe bring up this thread briefly.

Angela Connaughton, Kitty Hayes' daughter, has compiled a new CD 'Kitty Hayes Remembered' from recordings taken from concerts which took place in Bantry House for 'The Masters of Tradition' and The Kitty Hayes Tribute Concert in Glór in Ennis, which took place in August and November 2007.

On the CD Kitty is joined by Eoin O Neill, Dympna O Sullivan, Josephine Marsh, Mick Kinsella, myself and Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill. A song by Tim Dennehy is also included.

It's a wonderful way of celebrating the good woman's music. The CD was launched last night by Joan Hanrahan at the Concertina recital at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare.

It will be available through Custy's musicshop and Glór, both in Ennis.

All proceeds will go to Seanoiri Laictin Naoifa, the daycare facility for senior citizens in the Miltown Malbay/Mullagh area.

Photos of the concertina recital, including Kitty's daughter Angela playing some of Kitty's tunes in the company of Dympna and Jospephine can be found here


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 12 Jul 09 - 02:02 PM

I'll bump this one up one last time (or 'refresh' as is the term used here)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Kitty Hayes R.I.P. (May, 2008)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 06:28 AM

Thanks for that reminder, Peter. It was great to hear so many people mention Kitty at the Willie Clancy Week!


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