The South Roscommon Singers Festival returns this Bank Holiday weekend with a variety of events taking place at venues from Roscommon town to Knockcroghery.
The festival kicks off at 2 pm this Friday (25th) with a ‘Song Saunter’ at the Old Gaol in The Square in Roscommon town. Following this at 3 pm, Soapbox and Songs will take place at Harrison Court, featuring The Strawberry Thieves and Ukephoric before The Gathering Session at JJ Harlow’s from 5 pm.
The Official Welcome to this year’s South Roscommon Singers Festival will take place at 8 pm in Murray’s Bar, Knockcroghery on Friday evening. This will be followed by a Recital featuring Bows of London and headline act, Stick in the Wheel. Admission is €5.
Stick in the Wheel are Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter who bring a contemporary approach to folk music. Later on Friday evening there will be a singing session in Murray’s and music in Ned’s Bar, also in Knockcroghery.
Saturday’s events will begin with a Song Talk in Murray’s, Knockcroghery featuring ‘Townie’ by Macdara Yeates. There will be another Recital at Murray’s from 12 noon featuring ‘Songs of Old Appalachia’, and yet another ‘Song Talk’ a
Ned’s Bar, Knockcroghery entitled ‘An Góilín – No Standard Set?’ with Antaine Ó Faracháin. Ned’s will also host a singing session at 3 pm, hosted by An Góilín Singers’ Club from Dublin.
St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery will play host to the ‘I’ll Fly Away’ Church Concert from 8 pm, featuring Gospel, Spirituals and Songs of Inspiration.
Murray’s will be the venue for the Saturday Night Session from 10 pm on Saturday night while ‘Festival Extra’ comes live from Ned’s Bar with music from Ukephoric.
Sunday sees the curtain coming down on yet another wonderful South Roscommon Singers Festival with music throughout the day and the presentation of the Annie McNulty Award.
Murray’s in Knockcroghery will host ‘Chants for Socialists’ by The Strawberry Thieves from 12 pm before it’s off down the N61 for ‘By The Groves of Kilteevan’ which will include a visit to the old Burke homestead, birthplace of Annie McNulty.
Following this, The Roscommon People sponsored Annie McNulty Award will be presented to Guests of Honour, An Góilin Singers’ Club from Dublin at Paddy Finn’s Bar in Kilteevan.
At 7 pm on Sunday evening, Murray’s Bar, Knockcroghery will be the venue for an intimate concert featuring all-girl group Landless (Ruth Clinton from Dublin, Meabh Meir from Belfast, Sinead Lynch from Co. Cavan and Londoner, Lily Power) and special guest Annie Power. Admission is €5 for what promises to be a great evening of entertainment.
The Closing Session of the 2019 South Roscommon Singers Festival will bring this year’s event to a close at 9 pm in Murray’s and will include comic songs and storytelling. All singers, storytellers, liars and listeners will be given a very warm welcome to Knockcroghery this October Bank Holiday weekend.