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Tony & Mary Coyne Tony & Mary Coyne
Cllr. Paddy Kilduff Cllr. Paddy Kilduff

2012 South Roscommon Singers Circle

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South Roscommon Singers Festival

26th to 28th October 2012

Fri. 26th Oct. 2012

2.30pm: Guided Song Saunter at Rindoon Castle

(Assembly: 2pm sharp at Coffee's, Lecarrow).

Rindoon (Rinn Dúin) is regarded as one of the most important complexes of medieval monuments in Ireland.

It can be found on the western shore of L. Ree midway between Athlone and Lanesboro.

4.00 — 7.00pm: Gathering Session

Venue: Coffee's of Lecarrow.

7.30pm: Welcoming Reception

Venue: Murray's Knockcroghery.

8.00pm: Song Talk — 'Cold Mountain'

Sara Grey & Ben Paley use the book & film 'Cold Mountain' as a background

for a presentation of songs from the American Civil War.

9.30pm: Singing Session — Theme: War and Rebellion


Sat. 27th Oct. 2012

11.00am: Public Interview

Guests of Honour, John and Tim Lyons in conversation with Paula Carroll (Clare FM)

12 noon: 'Hilbert's Hotel'

Barbara Dymock sings songs from her latest album and more.

12 noon: Storytelling and Songs for Children & Parents

The ever popular Billy Teare & Kathleen O'Sullivan entertain the young folks.

Venue: Back-room in O'Brien's. (All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)

2.00pm: Informal Singing Session

(Venue: O'Brien's Bar)

2.00pm to 5.45pm — Song Talks:

2.00pm Tommy McCarthy & Kitty Cassidy-Flynn

You might catch the aroma of Rabbit Stew or smoke wafting from the camp fire as Tommy & Kitty take you back in time with songs & stories from the traveller tradition.

3.30pm: Marian Harity

Like Colcannon dipped in melted clover flavoured butter, Marian introduces some smooth & tasty songs from her Mayo roots.

4.15pm: Darren Richmond

Darren presents a Lancashire Hotpot of songs & stories from North West England.

5.00pm: Chris Miles

Like traditional Fife Miner's Stew from her native place, Chris presents an eclectic blend of songs from Fife and beyond.


The Roscommon People sponsored

Annie McNulty Award Presentation Concert

Jim Bainbridge & Chris Miles introduce festival guests:

Sara Grey & Ben Paley, Barbara Dymock, Marian Harity, Michael Gordon, Darren Richmond, Billy Teare & Kathleen O'Sullivan, Kitty Cassidy-Flynn & Tommy McCarthy

Guests of Honour: John & Tim Lyons

Venue: The Widow Pat's.... Doors open 7.30pm: ............... Adm: €10

(Tickets available in advance or at the door).

10.30pm: The Late Sessions

In Murray's & The Widow Pat's

Sun. 28th Oct. 2012

12 Noon: Song Talk — 'Atlantic Crossing'

Sara Grey, with accompaniment from Ben Paley, explores the history of song migration across the Atlantic.

2.00pm: 'Unfurl the 'Cotia Banner'

Jim Bainbridge recalls some of the songs, music, personalities & traditions that sprung from the centuries old coal mining industry of Co. Durham in North East England.

3.00pm to 6.00pm: The Offaly Session

Festival Guests and patrons join the Offaly Singers Circles with M.C. Liam Lally.

Venue: The Clay Pipe Lounge.

7.00pm: 'The Happy Couple'

Billy Teare & Kathleen O'Sullivan present some humorous insights into Billy's life as an only child of dour Ulster Scots parents, described by him as, “a couple of square pegs in a vicious circle”.

8.30pm: Closing Session — 'Comic Songs & Storytelling'

Michael Gordon, Jim Bainbridge & Billy Teare, with other guests and patrons, share comic songs, parodies and stories. Always a memorable finale to Ireland's Premier Singers Festival!

N.B. *Venue for all events is Murray's Lounge, Knockcroghery, unless otherwise stated.

*All events — adm. free except Sat. concert.




Tel: Declan @ + 353 (0)87 966 7029

Marina @ + 353 (0)87 225 4695

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Roscommon People,

Golden Island Shopping Centre,

Murray's Bar,

Hannon's Hotel

Golden Island Hannon's Hotel Murray's Bar Roscommon People Arts Council


South Roscommon Singers Festival. a wondrous cornucopia of delights!

Festival Guests 2012:

Jim Bainbridge, Durham, England; Chris Miles, Fife, Scotland; Sara Grey & Ben Paley, U.S. & U.K; Barbra Dymock, Dundee, Scotland; Tommy McCarthy, Offaly & London; Kitty Cassidy-Flynn, Waterford; Billy Teare & Kathleen O'Sullivan, N. Ireland & London; Darren Richmond, Lancashire, England; Marian Harity, Roscommon Michael Gordon, Wicklow

Guests of Honour: John & Tim Lyons

Annie McNulty Award - Roll of Honour

2003 — Robbie McMahon

2004 — Pauline Hanly

2005 — Len Graham

2006 — Sarah & Rita Keane

2007 — Mick Moloney

2008 — Sean Garvey

2009 — Bob Davenport

2010 — Jimmy Crowley

2011 — Ron Kavana

2012 — John & Tim Lyons

South Roscommon Singers Circle meets on the 1st Saturday of each month, September to June, in Murray's, Knockcroghery. All singers, bards, storytellers, liars and listeners welcome.

Annie McNulty (1887 — 1970)

Annie McNulty was born Annie Brigid Burke in Cloonmurla, Kilteevan, a few miles from Knockcroghery in Co. Roscommon on the 2nd Dec. 1887. In 1910 she immigrated to New York where she later married John McNulty from Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim, John died young, leaving her with two small children — Eileen (b. 1915) and Peter (b. 1917). Annie and her family went on to become a hugely popular Irish entertainment group among the English speaking communities of the N. E. United States and Canada from the mid 1920s right up to 1962. They had their own radio show in New York; they made scores of recordings (78s and vinyl) and for 16yrs. staged their own variety show, 'The Irish Showboat Review' at the Brooklyn Accademy of Music and the Opera House with a full cast of performers. Annie died in Hoboken, New Jersey, in January 1970.



South Roscommon Singers Festival


Co. Roscommon


Tel: Declan at + 353 (0)87 966 7029

Marina at + 353 (0)87 225 4695


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