Three of the best traditional music gigs happening this week
English and American folk styles line up alongside An Góilín’s traditional setting
Nóta Stóta play the Ionad Cultúrtha in Ballyvourney, Co Cork on Friday, March 29th.
Thursday, March 28th
Malahide Singing Circle
St Sylvester’s GAA Club, Malahide, Dublin, 8.30pm, free
Liverpool born and now Dublin resident, Rosie Davis is Thursday’s special guest.
With a rich history in both singing and dancing, Davis plays banjo, autoharp and bass, and is a founding member of Sisters Unlimited and Jigjaw, a four piece a cappella group who sing mostly for dancers.
Her repertoire includes songs from the English tradition, the American tradition, as well as modern songs of love, life and the universe.
Friday, March 29th
Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney, Co Cork, 8.30pm, €15
Benny McCarthy (accordion/harmonica), Conal Ó Gráda (flute/harmonica) and Des Dillon (puppets/harmonica) are Nóta Stóta, a newly formed trio who ply a trade in music, magic, polkas and púcas (aka fairies).
They insist on playing for the fairies, firm in their view that the supernatural world is less than three feet from the one we inhabit on a daily basis.
An intriguing collaboration that grew out of encounters between The Raw Bar Collective and puppeteering group, Teac a Blac.
The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin, 9pm, €3
Eilish Kennedy, Máire Ní Chróinín, Jerry O’Reilly, Fergus Russell, Mick Keeley, Antaine Ó Faracháin, Frank Nugent and anyone with a song – in any language – gather together in this vibrant weekly singing circle.
Having just celebrated their 40th anniversary, An Góilín basks in the recent explosion in traditional singing that has been fuelled by their long term efforts, and by the likes of Ye Vagabonds and Lankum.