Thursday, 25 March 2010

Castle Céilí Comics Presents...

Great time had leading the Lillies session with host Dan Neely, and Rose Flanagan and Dylan Foley and many other top class musicians on hand ot really give the joint some fine fine music.

group outings organized by The Pipers Club , Dublin , during the '60s

One of the many group outings organized by The Pipers Club , Dublin , during the '60s as the "Original Comhaltas"set out to support newly formed branches in towns and villages around Ireland. This picture in 1962 represents a trip to the Dundalk Fleadh, which was open to competition from all over Ireland.
I will update the name list as soon as I can but for now they are L to R : Jim Nolan, MC and group organizer, Alan Loghnane, fiddle, Tim Lyons a great box player and singer originally from Co. Cork now living in Galway and I remember him for his singing of many songs including "The Low Lands of Holland". He was also a founding member of DeDannan. That's Barney McKenna's uncle in the cap and I never met anyone that had and could play so many unusual and great tunes. He lived in Co. Meath. Maura O'Reilly , whistle player ,from the musical family that included fiddle players Owen and Ciaran.The fella sticking his head in is Mick O'Connor and next to him is flute player Mick Hand who would later, among his many credits, become a founding member of the group "Bakerswell". Mick Mc Guan is next and was a wonderful whistle player from Kilmihil, Co. Clare and passed away at a very young age. next is the one and only beardless Barney Mc Kenna on banjo. In those days Barney worked for the P&T-- POST AND TELEGRAPH. Frank Mulcahy, "Dear Old Newport Town" is from Newport , Co. Tipperary and won an All Ireland competition singing that song.