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David Ingerson 04 Apr 11 - 03:00 AM
NP1 04 Apr 11 - 05:19 AM
GUEST,Desi C 04 Apr 11 - 07:11 AM
Liberty Boy 04 Apr 11 - 01:36 PM
GUEST,Leamaneh 04 Apr 11 - 01:52 PM
David Ingerson 05 Apr 11 - 01:03 AM
GUEST,Desi C 05 Apr 11 - 07:14 AM
GUEST,Cap n'ella 05 Apr 11 - 03:37 PM
GUEST,John Condon 05 Apr 11 - 07:42 PM
David Ingerson 06 Apr 11 - 01:22 AM
Raggytash 06 Apr 11 - 03:58 AM
Raggytash 06 Apr 11 - 04:02 AM
Jim Carroll 06 Apr 11 - 04:08 AM
harmonic miner 06 Apr 11 - 04:50 AM
GUEST,George Henderson 06 Apr 11 - 06:58 AM
Liberty Boy 06 Apr 11 - 10:01 AM
GUEST,Philippa 06 Apr 11 - 11:11 AM
GUEST,Al 15 Apr 11 - 06:10 PM
Suegorgeous 15 Apr 11 - 08:12 PM
GUEST,Desi C 16 Apr 11 - 07:22 AM
David Ingerson 16 Apr 11 - 08:03 AM
The Sandman 16 Apr 11 - 08:23 AM
kendall 16 Apr 11 - 07:40 PM
GUEST,Gulliver 20 Apr 11 - 08:26 PM
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Subject: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: David Ingerson
Date: 04 Apr 11 - 03:00 AM

Sorry for starting a new thread but I was unable to find the one from a year or two ago that listed singing sessions throughout Ireland. I'll be visiting between 7 April and 5 May and would love to attend as many sessions as I can fit into my time there.

Go raibh mile maith agat.

Cheers,

David


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: NP1
Date: 04 Apr 11 - 05:19 AM

http://www.goilin.com/   every Friday

http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Howth-Singing-Circle/100000652894621
Howth singing session - first Thursday in the month - Sea Angling Club

Bray Singers' Circle
Strand Hotel
Bray, Co Wicklow.
Meets 3rd Saturday of every month (all year) at 9.30 PM sharp.

http://www.irishrochester.org/SINGERS%20WEB/singers08.htm


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 04 Apr 11 - 07:11 AM

Best one I've been to and it's also the longest running session in Ireland is Monday night session in Cleeres Bar Parliament Street in Kilkenny,I go over to play there often, some good other sessions in the city on other week nights too and a great musical town, or as the comedian Reginald D Hunter on his first visit there caled it "it's just like Disneyland!, Disneyland for Alcoholics!" Dublin these days is sadly lacking in trad music, but O'Donohughes The Dubliners old haunt is worth a visit


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: Liberty Boy
Date: 04 Apr 11 - 01:36 PM

I dont know where you have been, Desi C, but, there's always good music in The Cobblestone, and An Góilín is in The Teachers Club in Parnell Square every Friday night where Dave would be most welcome!


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Leamaneh
Date: 04 Apr 11 - 01:52 PM

http://www.irishrochester.org/SINGERS%20WEB/singers10.htm

That should see you right.


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: David Ingerson
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 01:03 AM

Thanks, all. That's a lot of useful information.

There is another list that was in a Mudcat thread a year or two ago that I had the impression of being even more complete than the Rochester list.

Wondering if anyone can identify the thread?

Cheers,

David


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 07:14 AM

Well Liberty Boy, maybe I picked a bad time, last two times I've stayed in Dub were both week ends, lst time just 8 months ago. Could find nothing in central Dublin, that wasn't some kind og Hen orvtag party, 95% english folk with their usual bad manners and excessive noise. But I did ask at local bars and hotels/hostels and none could point me to anything Trad or Folk. What nights are the ones you mentioned on? will look out for them next time I go over


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Cap n'ella
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 03:37 PM

"95% English folk with their usual bad manners and excessive noise"

Hi Desi C, have to say this seems a bit harsh and certainly not representative of (probably about 95% again) of people who attend folk clubs over here, when, as in Ireland the singer is always given the utmost respect.

I'll bet these particular English folk would have been tourists out on a bender with absolutely no appreciation of the music or the etiquette, I'm not sure that it's just an English problem though, I've certainly witnessed some pretty rowdy behaviour in Dublin pubs on past visits, maybe it's more a generational thing.

Anyway, all the best and keep on singing, it's the one thing we all love.

PS: Congratulations in the Six Nations........... ouch!


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,John Condon
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 07:42 PM

What is your itinerary David? Some excellent sessions around but would be easier to direct you if we had some idea of where you intend travelling?


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: David Ingerson
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 01:22 AM

Good point, John. Last year I chased after every session that was feasible, sometimes driving over a hundred miles to attend one session and getting to 7 sessions and 2 singing festivals in my four weeks. After all, I'm in Ireland only once a year; might as well go for it all.

However, I just discovered a week-long immersion class which I'd like to attend (that's language, not water), so my options are now pretty limited.

8-10 April in Creggan at the Ulster Traditional Singers Weekend
10-24 April are open
25-29 April in Ceathru Rua, immersing myself in Irish
29 April - 1 May in Carna at Feile Joe Einniu
2-5 May in southwest Antrim doing research around Bonny Portmore.

That two week open period is the one in question and I already have a bunch of ideas jostling for position: an Goilin on a Friday, the Cork singers on a Sunday, the Bray singers' club on the 3rd Saturday would fit. I'm also attracted to hiking up a significant hill: Ben Bulben and Brandon come to mind. And I have friends I'd like to see in West Cork, Clare, Galway. Yeah, that's pretty scattered and I know I'll not be able for it all.

But I'm open to new ideas and any singing sessions from the second Monday through the fourth Sunday.

Cheers,

David


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: Raggytash
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 03:58 AM

David, whilst in Clare you may want to visit Doolin, O'Connor's from memory has frequent music,it was a bit touristy, but very good musicians for all of that. On Easter sunday afternoon there's a strong possibility that we will be in McGanns in Doolin, although we tend not to perform Irish songs/tunes when in Ireland, have fun.


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: Raggytash
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 04:02 AM

Just another thought David, Whilst you're in Ceathru Rua, you're not from from Cleggan. On a Saturday night try Newmans Bar, Richie the landlord, is great bloke nd a fine musician, we have had some fantastic sessiosn in there, please give him my best regards if you venture there.

Cheers

Nick (formerly known as one of the "Madbuggers" he'll know who you mean


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 04:08 AM

"David, whilst in Clare you may want to visit Doolin"
Health warning - Doolin is a tourist trap where visitors go to listen to themselves and other visitors - used to be wonderful when The Russels were around, but now the haunt of 12 strings and cowboy hats
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: harmonic miner
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 04:50 AM

Cork singers club
http://homepage.eircom.net/~corcaigh/cork/corksingersclub.html

And for Trad sessions, not necessarily singing, check out www.thesession.org

Often there are tourists at sessions. So what? Sometimes the local people don't appreciate their own culture. Tourists always want to go where there are no tourists


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,George Henderson
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 06:58 AM

Well,
There is an excellent session in Sullivans pub in Killea co. Tipperary on 11th April and a very good session in Crusheen in Co. Clare on Wednesday (I think it is the 3rd Wedneday in the month but I a not certain) Good session in Banagher on 3rd Moday of each month (Offaly)and also in Ballyboy on the last Monday of the month.

Could also recommend Jim o' the MIlls pub near Upperchurch on any Thursday. Tends to be a very late session. Hard to find though because there is no pub sign. But locals will direct you.


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: Liberty Boy
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 10:01 AM

Desi C, The Cobblestone on most nights has very good music and Hughes' has an excellent music session every Sunday night. Not forgetting the Friday lunchtime session in O'Donoghues. What do you mean when you say central Dublin? I presume you're not talking about Temple Bar!


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 11:11 AM

monthly thursday session at Tinneys, Derry city, tomorrow at 9.30
guest Maurice Leyden


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Al
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 06:10 PM

Just to let you know that Bray Singers' Circle sessions 3rd Saturday of every month, now start earlier at 9pm. (Wicklow, Ireland, Strand Hotel, seafront.)
All singers and listeners very welcome. Any song/acoustic self-accompaniment.
This Saturday, April 16, we celebrate our 3rd Birthday with songs and cake...All free!

On facebook.


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 08:12 PM

David - could be this one I started before my trip there?
Singing sessions in Ireland


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 07:22 AM

Hi Cap n'ella
I was only referring to Dublin and I've only experienced Fri and Sat nights. Outside Dublin the craic is excellent, and yes it is mainly Hen & stag parties from England, sadly the centre of Dublin seems to cater exclusively for them at week ends, and as they do in the Uk, they're in the pubs by 7, patalletic by 9, and causing trouble by 10. I'm from Ireland myself and go back to play in the sessions regularly. By contrast in Kilkenny where I mostly play, there are great crowds on the week end, all kinds of live music, and best sessions going n places like Cleeres, and as you rightly said much respect given to the musicians. But I fear Dublin is earning the title 'The New Blackpool' here in england


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: David Ingerson
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 08:03 AM

Hey, everyone, thanks for contributing! And yes, suegorgeous, that was the one! Thank you. There is a wealth of info there. I just couldn't remember its name and was unsuccessful in searching for it. Bookmarked it now.

The Ulster Traditional Singers' Weekend was a great singing experience with almost exclusively traditional songs until past 2:30 and 3:30 Fri and Sat night!

Two nights ago I was at the Ballinasloe session, with lots of good singing, both folk and trad.

Last night in Dublin at An Goilin--wonderful mostly trad session. (And it's fascinating finding out who's who on Mudcat.)

Tonight Bray, tomorrow Cork City.

What a country for singing!

Cheers,

David


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: The Sandman
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 08:23 AM

dungarvan singers club , bridie dees bar,second monday
spalpin fanach cork city sundays.
skibbereen singers club, first friday of month, corner bar, skibbereen.
ballydehob singers club first saturday levis bar ballydehob


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: kendall
Date: 16 Apr 11 - 07:40 PM

Thanks for this thread. Jacqui and I will be visiting Ireland and it's good to know where we can hear some good traditional music.


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Gulliver
Date: 20 Apr 11 - 08:26 PM

Check out this url for sessions in Dublin:

http://www.dublinsessions.ie/

It doesn't list all the sessions available - I know of at least half-a -dozen others not listed, but it's a start. It's best if unfamiliar with the venue to phone the pub to check that the session is on.

Don


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 21 Apr 11 - 07:21 AM

Don't forget Kilkenny, Monday night in Cleeres, Ireland's longest running session, tell them Desi C reccommended you


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: freespiritceol1
Date: 21 Apr 11 - 02:03 PM

Ist Sunday in the month Top Of Coom (Irelands highest pub!) Early mixed session starts around 5.00. Family friendly, Near to killarney/Kenmare. Local songs/tunes/recitations. It's great fun.

Wednesday Night session starting around 9.00 Bernard Harringtons Bar Glengarriff west Cork.Mix of everything.

Have a brilliant trip.

All the best

John


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Paul Magee
Date: 15 Sep 11 - 06:04 PM

I am going to be in Clare for the month of November. Can someone tell me what singing sessions/clubs are on these days in the Banner County? I attended Robbie McMahon's session in Spancilhill on a first Friday a couple of years ago. It was a great night. Some excellent singers.

Thanks


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,John Moulden
Date: 16 Sep 11 - 08:59 AM

If David Ingerson gets back to this thread, I'd be interested in his Bonny Portmore research and may have something to add.


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,John Condon
Date: 16 Sep 11 - 09:50 AM

In Clare in November this year you will have:

Wednesday 2nd: Shannon Singers Club, Wolfe Tones GAA Club, Shannon
Friday 4th: Spancilhill Singers Club, Duggans Pub, Spancilhill
Wednesday 9th: Crusheen Singers, Highway Bar, Crusheen
Friday 11th: Ennis Singers, Cois na hAbhana, Ennis
Saturday 12th: Feakle Singers, Shortts Bar, Feakle
Friday, 18th: Doonbeg Singers, Comerfords Bar, Doonbeg
Friday, 25th: Shanaglish Singers, Whelans Bar, Shanaglish


Never short of a chance to sing!!!


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Paul Magee
Date: 16 Sep 11 - 02:00 PM

Wow..... Spoilt for choice. Thanks for that. Will definitely make a few of them. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,SKIBBEREEN
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 05:33 PM

Great Singers Club in Corner Bar, Skibbereen every first Friday of the month
see www.skibbsingers.com


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: The Sandman
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 04:44 PM

ballydehob singers club, oct 1 levis bar


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Tony Kelly
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 10:22 AM

Heard a great song in Abbeyfeale yesterday, at the Gary MacMahon Singing Weekend, about the Clare Singers Sessions. Should have won the competition easily. That was yourself John I take it performing it. Well done!


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Subject: RE: singing sessions in Ireland?
From: GUEST,John Condon
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 03:34 PM

Thanks Tony. It was a fine session on the Saturday. The weekend grows from strength to strength. Anyone who is able to attend Duggans Bar Spancilhill Singing Session on Friday, 2nd December would be extremely welcome.

The legend that is Robbie McMahon will be 85 during December and we have a special night lined up to celebrate on the 2nd. Robbie is singing better than ever.


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