Sligo Traditional Singers Circle
The Sligo Traditional Singers Circle was setup to encourage foster and perpetuate the singing tradition in the Sligo area by strengthening the bonds of friendship already established between The Sligo Traditional Singers and other singers both in Ireland and abroad.
We have monthly sessions on the second Wednesday of each month commencing at 9.00 pm in winter and 9.30 pm in summer at Durkin’s Pub in the village of Ballinacarrow located between Collooney and Tubbercurry on the main Sligo to Galway road. ( Next session will be held at 9.30 pm on Wednesday 12th April 2017 with Special Guest The Brilliant Johnny Johnston)
A Tribute to Frank Finn
Frank was born in Ragwood Gurteen on 22nd September 1953. He was the second youngest of the family.
He attended Annaghmore NS and from there Frank moved on to Gurteen Technical School. It was a small friendly school which unfortunately has now closed. From there Frank moved on and joined the then P&T later to become known as Eircom. Shortly after this he met Bernie and they hit it off and eventually tied the knot in 1983. Both from Coleman Country it’s no wonder they followed the path they did and passed the traditions and music on to their children. They went on to have 3 lovely children Caroline, Tara and Michael and encouraged by Bernie and Frank all 3 took to playing various instruments and became very talented musicians winning many prizes along the way.
From this point Frank became very involved in the Music and also took a keen interest in singing and Bernie and himself and the family could be found at fleadhanna and feiseanna up and down the country.
Frank was very generous with his time and would not need to be asked twice to help out at or organise a music or singing event. For himself and Bernie the music, singing and dancing became part of their lives and they made some lifelong and genuine friendships through it.
Frank’s passion was Traditional singing. He travelled the length and breadth of the country for a good session. He founded the Sligo Traditional Singers Circle in 2000 which meets each month in Durkins in Ballinacarrow, Co. Sligo which even featured on a BBC production with Welsh singer Cerys Matthews. Guest singers regularly attended these sessions. He also organised the very popular traditional singing festival which takes place in Sligo every October since 2007 and it has gone from strength to strength each year. People travel from all over the world to attend this weekend.
Frank also composed his own songs, he was runner up in Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann singing one of his own compositions. He also sang regularly in The Harp Tavern on a Monday night.
He was also a member of the Sidhe Gaoithe Strawboys and entertained at weddings all over the region. He was a member of the Mummers Group and played the part of Wolfe Tone with great enthusiasm.
He was a very talented and efficient organiser and never sought the limelight for himself.
The final chapter as we now know was written on Saturday 16th April 2011 in the beautiful setting of Truskmore Mountain and Glencar waterfall. Frank was on a new venture –This time hill walking. The group had just reached the summit and were looking back admiring the view when Frank collapsed and despite the best efforts of his colleagues on the walk and the rescue team he could not be revived and passed away in Sligo Hospital.
Despite the tragic events of that day it is so comforting to know that he was among such genuine and caring people when the tragedy happened, and who did everything humanely possible to save him. Our heartfelt thanks to each one of them and may God bless them all in the future.
Ar deis De go raibh a Anam deilis
Ni bheidh a leitheid ann aris