5th Annual South Roscommon Singers Festival this week

The 5 th Annual South Roscommon Singers festival takes place in the picturesque village of Knockcroghery this October Bank Holiday Weekend with invited guests aplenty from New York, New Jersey, California, Miami, Virginia, South Africa, Scotland and all corners of Ireland.    While there will be song and story sessions galore, laced with mirth and madness, over the weekend, the festival begins on a serious note with the 2 nd Annie McNulty Seminar to be held in the County Library in Roscommon town.    The seminar is supported by the Arts Council and Roscommon County Library Services and will be delivered by Mick Moloney, renowned singer, musicologist, lecturer and record producer from New York University.    Mick’s audio visual presentation will focus on Irish American Popular Song from 1800 to the arrival of radio in the mid 1920s. That will be followed by the descendents of the McNulty family – Jim, Patricia and Courtney Grogan, who will share music, memorabilia and some surprises relating to the Royal Family of Irish Entertainers. This, we guarantee, is a presentation no serious music or song lover will want to miss. It takes place in The County Library, Roscommon, and starts at 7.30 pm sharp and admission is free.    The Grogan family and Mick Moloney will then visit Kilteevan NS around 11 am to unveil a specially commissioned plaque and chat and sing with the pupils, teachers and parents. Annie McNulty was born in Kilteevan in Dec. 1887 and gave her first concert in Kilteevan NS in Feb. 1907, an event that maintained a special place in her heart until her death in New Jersey in 1970.    The festivities then continue in Knockcroghery village from Friday evening through to the early hours of Monday morning, the highlight of which will be the Dinner, Concert and Award presentation on Saturday night in the Widow Pat’s. Again, a specially commissioned water colour by well known Clare artist Philip Brennan will be presented to Mick Moloney in recognition of his contribution to the development and promotion of traditional singing at home and abroad.    This award is presented annually by the South Roscommon Singers Circle and this year is sponsored by the Roscommon People Newspaper.  Festival guests include Chris Miles (Scotland), Con ‘Fada’ O Drisceoil (Cork), Tim Dennehy (Kerry/Clare), Tony Kenny (Offaly), Jim Kearney (Wicklow), Sinamandia (Sth. Africa), Offaly Singers Circles and lots, lots more.    Con ‘Fada’ will launch his book and CD, ‘The Spoons Murder and other Mysteries’ and Tim Dennehy will launch his CD, ‘Old Boots and Flying Sandals’ in the Clay Pipe on Sunday afternoon. There will be English, Irish and Scottish song workshops on Sat. morning (10am to 1pm), storytelling for children (2pm Sat) plus sessions galore in Murray’s and elsewhere all weekend.  Our thanks to Roscommon County Council Arts Office, our main sponsor, Paddy Kilduff and all sponsors and friends who make the festival possible.