April 2017 Session
The Brilliant Johnny Johnston is our special Guest for the next session which will be held at 9.30 pm on Wednesday night the 12th April 2017 in Durkins Bar, Ballinacarrow
March 2017 Session
Patrick Hugh Kelly is our Special Guest for the next session which will be held as usual at 9.00 pm on Wednesday night the 8th March 2017 in Durkins Bar Ballinacarrow
Cupid had a tough time between broken hearts, unrequited love and unfaithful spouses until Joe Corscadden had ” Half a bed to let” and Gerry asked Kathleen ” To hop like a bird on his auld jaunting car ” . Nice Crowd ! great craic !.
We have had many a good night and many a great night but it would be hard to beat our session tonight with the McKneaney sisters launching their CD “The McKeaney Sisters From The Hearth of Glen”. A wonderful selection of songs that we all knew and loved growing up and boy did they give it Welly !
It can be difficult in August to gather a crowd with so many events and holidays going on but not so in Durkin’s. We had plenty of singers and story tellers including Steve Darmody from Australia on his second visit and Dick Beamish from Cork who also gave us a scéal or two.
We welcomed some visitors who were attending The South Sligo Summer School – a great night singing and story telling
A full house in tonight to bid farewell to Kathleen and Tommy Kearns who are returning to Australia after their visit home to Sligo – looking forward already to seeing them back next year
A big welcome home from Australia to Tommy and Kathleen Kearns – it was great to have them back with us again. This being the centenary of the 1916 Rising most of the singers choose songs about the rising. A large crowd in and a great night.
Shamrocks, Saints and the odd Snake abounded as we headed into St Patrick’s day.
The surprise of the night was the arrival of our great friend and Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend supporter Katie O’Neill from USA. Katie was on a week’s visit to Ireland and took time out to visit and share some of her songs with us.
Winter slowly departing, a small stretch in the evenings, singers up to support us from Boyle and Drumkeerin, good lively session.
A stormy night saw a small crowd, a hot whiskey in the hand, some great songs, good conversation around the fire in Durkins pub. Sure, what more would you want !
Santy hats abound with everyone getting in to the Christmas spirit. Unfortunately Santy didn’t arrive – too busy at The North Pole seemingly but Chris Kindle came with something for eveyone in the audience. This is the one night in the year when any of our singers, story telllers and listeners that play an instrument brings them along and Nigel gets the Christmas Decorations out. Great Session !
Big crown in tonight, great songs and 3 story tellers so plenty of laughter
The calm after the storm, October session is usually a quite event after the hectic Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend at the start of the month, nonetheless a very enjoyable session.
Tonight saw the launch of our upcoming Frank Finn Traditonal Singing Weekend Festival due to be held on 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October 2015. Jim Bainbridge did us the honour of launching the Festival. Jim originally from North East of England has performed all over the UK and Ireland. He spent a number of years in West Cork and is now living in Leitrim.
” Fringe Fleadh” Some choose the less crowded streets of Ballinacarrow to spend the night singing in Durkin’s Pub – with plenty of visitors from home and abroad . A great night of singing and storytelling was had by all.
We had a full house with a lot of visitors in from the South Sligo Summer School. A presentation was made to Kathleen and Gerry Durkin on behalf of the club by Chairman Frank Carter on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. We wish them many more years of health and happiness together. Tara Finn daughter of the late Frank Finn and Philip Doddy launched their CD ” Ships are Sailing”.
The first real balmy summer evening of 2015 – the singers were scarce on the ground but as often with the smaller numbers the session was very enjoyable with plenty of time to talk and discuss the songs
We were delighted to welcome the unexpected arrival of Foreign Students from Poland, Latvia, France, Canada. They enjoyed listening to our singing and gave us a few songs from their own countries
They really appreciated the friendship and hospitality of Gerry and Kathleen Durkin.
Another great session, the usual full house but no Easter Bunnies !
Nigel had the Shamrock hanging from the rafters in preparation for St Patrick’s day.
A hugh crowd had gathered to welcome our very distinguished Guest:-
Sligo’s very own Carmel Gunning All Ireland Champion Singer and Whistle Player
Carmel gave us great renditions of Sweet Inniscara, John Mitchell and many many more songs from her vast repertoire.
The big push was on tonight to sell tickets for our upcoming fund raiser “Professor Tim” – A Three Act Comedy Play by the Clonacool Players. We eventually all settled down to the singing and story telling
With a storm red alert over Sligo numbers were going to be small but we had a party lady to honour as Kathleen Durkin was celebrating one of those big ZERO birthdays.
A group of us gathered around the hot coals of the welcoming fireplace and we had a great night of singing with plenty of time to discuss each and every song
Our chairman Frank Carter made a presentation to Kathleen on behalf of the club
So, let the party season begin !
ChristKindl arrived with one for everyone in the audience and the girls singing their carols –
Christmas Party Season began in earnest with Frank Carter providing the Music.
A great night of festive fun was had by all
Gene Sheerin one of our Clubs Story Tellers was launching his second CD of storytelling ” Telling Tales” on the night. Vince Hearns local singer, poet and broadcaster launched the CD.
Gene raised €8000.00 with his first CD for St Vincent de Paul. A large crowd attended and we had a great night of storytelling ( No Lies ! ) with a few songs for good measure.
A large gathering to bid farewell to Tommie and Kathleen Kearns. Their daughter joined them from London along with many friends and extended family members. We were very grateful to have Tommie as one of our special guests at The Frank Finn Traditional Singers Weekend. Tommie returns to Ireland every summer from Perth, Australia. Tommie and Kathleen are great supporters of our club while they are here
Some singers decided to leave the thronged streets of Sligo for the quieter streets of Ballinacarrow during this Fleadh week. Although the streets were quiet outside – Durkin’s pub was full to the rafters, the session lasted way into the early hours with visitors from Australia, England, France and Italy along with singers from right across the country.
The Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend was officially launched by Helen Grehan one of our special guests at this years Singing Weekend. Helen a well known composer, song writer and one of the famous Grehan singers who is also a member of The Boyle Traditional Singers spoke highly of Frank Finn and his great interest in Traditional singing, how he encouraged her to drop the guitar for the Traditional Songs. She is looking forward to being a guest at the upcoming weekend where you can hear some of her own compositions in her hour long performance which will take place at 8.30 pm on Friday Night 3rd Oct 2014.
The Frank Finn Traditional Singing weekend is a festival of traditional, sean nós singing and storytelling, workshops, informal singing sessions, audio and video presentations, scholarly talks and a guided tour of Rosses Point visiting areas of Historic and Maritime interest. – see festival weekend link above for details.
June 2014 Session
Dick Hogan well known traditional singer from Tipperary was our special guest this month. Dick recently published the largest and most unique collection of traditional songs ever recorded by a single Irish artist / singer. The songs in this collection are almost entirely from the Irish tradition, the collection of songs and a few spoken pieces, totals two hundred in all. Dick sang many songs from the collection in his usual warm, spirited and passionate manner. He also gave us great insights and details into the background of these songs.
The club has purchased the Hogan Collection which will be available to members.
May 2014 Session
The arrival of story teller Peter Carragher was awaited with great anticipation and we weren’t disappointed. Peter a story teller and poet from Portadown wrote a poem about his first trip to Durkin’s on the invitation of the late Frank Finn He presented parchment copies of the poem to Bernie Finn and to Gerry and Kathleen Durkin on the night.
Needless to say we were falling off the chairs with laughter at his many stories of local events in his native area and his experiences working abroad . A wonderful night’s entertainment of song and story.
With the very successful fund raising night in the Hawkswell Theatre behind us there was great excitement in the air and a great night of singing followed – a huge thank you was expressed by all to The Clonacool Players for allowing us to use their wonderful production of John B Keane’s Many Young Men of Twenty as a fund raising event and we wish them well in The All Ireland’s in Claremorris.
Coming close to St Patrick’s day Kathleen and Jerry didn’t quite have the beer coloured green but with the shamrocks dangling from every angle in the bar and Nigel’s hat as the centre piece, we welcomed our special guest Tommy Dunne from the Ulster Traditional Singers – Tommy brought two great singers with him, Rita Gallagher and Jim Barr . They gave us fine renditions of wonderful Ulster Traditional songs entertaining a packed house until the late hours.
By the shadows of candlelight and the spirit of cupid in the air, love songs abounded, from the broken hearted to the unrequited, to the absent, to the distant, all were sung in fine voice.
A smaller crowd than usual attended due to the inclement weather but we still managed to have 20 singers.
Being the first session since the unexpected death of our friend and supporter Mai Fallon, a lot of time was spent reminiscing on Mai’s life. She was a great friend and neighbour of our hosts Gerry and Kathleen Durkin and will be sadly missed by us all. Eventually the night drifted into song as Mai would have wished.
December 2013 Session
Our Christmas party session session is always a mixed session with music provided this year by Paddy Joe Tighe, Frank Carter, John Conlon all accompanied by Eric Marinin on Bodhran. There was lots of Ho Ho Ho, Singing, Set Dancing, Christmas Carols aaaaand a bit of Jiving ! .
A presentation was made to Gerry and Kathleen Durkin “bean agus fear an tí” on behalf of the club by Frank Carter Chairman for their loyal support and hospitality over the years.
The Lady in red
November 2013 Session
As Tim Lyons was our special guest a large crowd was expected and so it was. Tim gave us a number of songs from his large repertoire including his version of The Bonnán Buí, an absolute treat. A very popular and entertaining guest who also gave us great insights into the background and history of his songs.
October 2013 Session
We were expecting a quiet session after the very successful Frank Finn Traditional Singing Festival the previous weekend, but not so, indeed some of the weekend guests were still in the area including Chris Miles and John Moulden and this all added up to a very entertaining night.
September 2013 Session
With two birthdays to celebrate we nearly had to call the Fire Brigade to put the candles out – Gene Sheeran one of the “birthday boys” wouldn’t divulge his age but said he had gone through all his teeth.
We also celebrated Tommy Kearns birthday on his final visit to us for 2013 prior to his departure with his wife Kathleen back home to Australia.
Friends of Tommy Kearns – John Keyes (Derry ) and Jim Delaney ( Antrim ) called into say farewell.
Paddy Joe Tighe and Michael Nolan dropped in from Toureen – so needless to say the singing and storytelling was mighty !
We are all looking forward now to The Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend on 4th, 5th and 6th October – hope to see you all there .
August 2013 Session and Launch of Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend
We had over twenty singers and storytellers together with a fine complement of listeners in for the night even though we were competing with Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann plus two other local events.
Bríd Duffy one of our special guests was on hand to launch the Frank Finn Traditional Singing weekend – Bríd spoke about the success of our singing circle and of The Frank Frank Finn traditional Singing weekend which is now in its 7th year. She was high in her praise of the late Frank Finn and all the help he gave her when setting up the Boyle Singing Circle of which Bríd herself is the chairperson. She is now looking forward, along with her brother Hugh to giving their lecture on Josie McDermott at the upcoming Frank Finn Traditional Singing Festival weekend.
” Significant Birthday Girl” Assumpta one of our committee members was celebrating a significant birthday – so cakes and flowers were at hand – see photos below “Happy Birthday Assumpta” from all Singers and Listeners .
August 2013 Photos
July 2013 Session
Our July session was put back one week to coincide with the South Sligo Summer School – thanks to Margaret Morahan for bringing all her singers from Tubbercurry .
We had singers from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Belfast, Dublin, Kilkenny and Wexford – so a packed house on the night with 33 singers.
With the windows and doors open on a hot summers night songs were echoing around The Hill of Knocknashee till the small hours of the morning.
June 2013 Session
At our June session we crossed genres with Tommy McDermott from The Percy French Society Elphin as our special guest. Tommy gave a very enjoyable and highly entertaining performance which drew a great response from a packed house. We also remembered the late Anne Hynes who was a great supporter of our Singing Circle.
Tommy McDermott singing from his Percy French repertoire
A warm welcome to Eileen Coyne on her first visit to our Sessions
We were all delighted to see Martin Forde back among us once again
May 2013 Session
The May session started out as a quiet night by the fire in Durkin’s until Josie Nagle arrived all the way from The States
Josie has a great interest in Traditional Irish Music and Singing and she called into us on her way to Donegal where she
was going to stay for a week to study the Irish language. Josie recorded our session via the blue bag.
Josie Nagle from The USA with the blue bag !!
James Leonard gave us a couple of his songs
April 2013 Session
Our April session was tinged with sadness as we remembered the late Frank Finn’s second anniversary.
Our Fear an Tí Joe Corscadden reminisced about Frank and spoke of all he had done for traditional singing in Sligo.
Frank Carter our chairman sang The Coolavin Lament – a song composed by Frank Finn.
It was nice to welcome Ann Marie Fitzgerald who was on a short visit from London and her mother Ann
A warm welcome also to Paul O’Mahoney from Dublin via Mullaghmore on his first visit
March 2013 Session
Our Theme for the night was ” Shamrocks and Snakes”. We had a large crowd in including very welcome visitors from Ballaghadereen singing club and Robert Kelly from Dublin, unfortunately St Patrick did a no show – perhaps he thought we were all converted last year !!!. We had a lot of songs ” as Gaeilge”
Some Pics from the night >
February 2013 Session
Michael Davitt RIP
It is with deep regret that we learned of the death of Michael Davitt one of our oldest and most popular singers. Michael seldom missed a session since the formation of the singing circle in 2001. He had a vast repertoire of songs some of which we were lucky enough to record on DVD over the last couple of years. Michael was a quiet man with simple needs who loved his farming and liked nothing better than to climb the OX mountains with his three dogs. He will be sadly missed by all at our monthly sessions. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
Our February session was in celebration of the late Michael Davitt’s life. We played a recording of Michael singing ” My old Sligo home” which was a very poignant moment indeed. We placed a photo of Michael beside his empty chair in the corner at the end of the counter fondly now known as ” Michael’s corner” .
We also celebrated Mai Hernon’s last visit to our sessions prior to her leaving for America early next month.
We had a full house and our chairman Frank Carter made a presentation to Mai in recognition of her wonderful support for the singing circle and the Frank Finn weekend down through the years. We all wish Mai every success in her professional and personal life in America
January 2013 Session
Our January session was held in the Castledargan hotel immediately after the Mai Hernon Farewell Concert where we were joined by Mai and Cathy Jordan and all of our usual singers and listeners. ( See details of concert on Events Tab )
December 2012 Session
What do you do at Christmas only PARTY !! With Santy Hats, Reindeer Antlers and plenty of Ho! Ho! Ho’s ! the party got under way.
All Singers who played instruments brought them along on the night, so with music, carols, songs and dance we partied into the night
Santy came with a present for all those who were good boys and girls during the year .
Dessie Mcfadden in party mode
The Ladies from Boyle join in the party
Jim Baimbridge helps the party along
November 2012 Session
A large crowd was in attendance in anticipation of our guest for the month Barney Murphy from Fermanagh accompanied by his daughter Lorraine and they didn’t dissapoint
with wonderful performances from both.
October 2012 Session
Considering we had such a very succesful Frank Finn Traditional Singing Festival on the last weekend of September and everbody was sung out – we had a large attendance at our October Monthly session, no doubt drawn by our special guest Declan Coyne from Roscommon, Declan is involved in organising the South Roscommon Singers annual festival incorporating Annie McNulty award. Declan gave us some fine traditional songs supported by ” Paddy” his fellow Roscommon story teller.
Our special guest for November session will be Barney Murphy from Fermanagh
September 2012 Session
With the evenings drawing in, sitting by the fire in Durkins Ballinacarrow and a good singing session in full swing it’s the place to be!
Joe Corscadden Fear an Tí opened the night with “Forty shades of green” , Mai Hernon home from America called in, Vince Hearns gave us “Skibereen”, Harry McGowan flute player and singer gave us “Horses and Plough”, Jim Bainbridge wanted a “Proper cup of coffee from a proper coffee pot” Eric sang “ Amhrán na Craoibhe”, Storytellers Gene Sheeran and Padraig McGinn told us stories galore. Camilla Galbiatti returned after a trip home to Italy and sang “The Last Rose of Summer”, Breege and Helen came up from The Boyle Singing Group to support us as always.
We had 19 singers in all which made for a great night.
Please note: Sessions commencing at 9 pm for winter months
Padraig McGinn was concerned re his name being misspelled in hospital
Seosamh unknowingly invited the new “Super” to the “Lock in”
Mai Hernon always gets a captive audience
A round of applause please
August 2012 session
The Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend was officially launched by Jackie Boyce at this month’s session. Jackie is a well known traditional singer/collector, piper and instrument maker from Dromahair (via Co Down) The Frank Finn Traditional Singing weekend is a festival of traditional, sean nós singing and storytelling, workshops, informal singing sessions, audio and video presentations, scholarly talks and a guided tour of Rosses Point visiting areas of Historic and Maritime interest. Jackie revealed details of this year’s Festival – see festival weekend link above for details.
Kathleen Durkin presented Tommie Kearns with a Birthday Cake in celebration of his upcoming 80th birthday – Tommie a native of county Sligo now living in Perth Australia visits our monthly singing sessions on his annual visit home – Tommie has released a number of CDs over the years.
Birthday Celebrations: Kathleen and Tommie Kearns with Kathleen Durkin
Committe members with Jackie and Donna Boyce together with weekend Guests Joe McGowan and Gene Sheerin
Guess who also had a birthday ??? but we won’t crunch the numbers ! Jackie Boyce giving up one of his many songs
July 2012 session
We had a packed house for the launch of Philip Doddy’s CD, ” Hollow Lands and Hilly Lands”
Vince Hearns launched the CD
Philip sang a number of songs and played some tunes on the Fiddle from his new CD
Philip is a native of Aughris, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. At an early age he began playing the tin whistle, being taught and encouraged by his grand-uncle Jim McGettrick, flute and whistle player, he also attended classes with Paddy Ryan. He later began playing the fiddle, and could be found at the session in The Roisín Dubh, Gurteen, or in Earley’s of Bridge St. Sligo where he enjoyed a tune with the late Alphie Joe Dineen. While training as a horticulturist in the National Botanic Gardens he played regularly in The Cobblestone. In 2011 Philip played with Seán and Irene Moloney and Caroline Locke, the theme music for the production of “Tarry Flynn” in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway. He plays regularly in Ted McGowan’s ‘Roisín Dubh, and often enjoys a tune with Dónal Ó hÉalaí and Verona Ryan in Durkan’s of Ballinacarrow.
A great night of song and music
Philip Doddy Philips new CD
June 2012 Session
Frances Rodgers from the County Down was our first invited guest of the Year and she sang a very fine selection of songs from the rich Ulster Tradition.
Frances was accompanied by Mick Quinn Storyteller and Singer from South Armagh – he delivered to his usual high standard to a very captive audience
Camilla Galbiati from near Milan, Italy joined our singing sessions in September 2011, a very talented singer who sings with a gospel choir in her home village – Camilla entertained us with both Irish and English traditional songs which she learned since coming here bid us farewell at this session before her return to Italy ( But a little bird has told me that she may be back in September !! )
Frances Rodgers with Veronica and Joe Corscadden Fear an Tí
Mick Quinn in full flight
Camilla Galbiati’s Grand Finale
May 2012 session
Our May Session was in memory of the late Frank Finn our founder.
We sang songs that Frank often sang himself and songs that he would ask us to sing
Frank Carter sang The Coolavin Lament – a song composed by Frank Finn which came second in the All Ireland Fleadh in the newly composed traditional song category. This song is about an eviction which happened in South Sligo
A very special night indeed
The Late Frank Finn RIP
April session 2012
As the April session was themed around remembering the tragedy of the Titanic our songs were of the sea.
Chris Moyles refused to go to sea with El Dorado
We set sail from Rosslare Harbour and on to Dingle Bay past the Pride of Connemara
and met Frank Carter spinning nine times round in the Irish Rover on our way to Ellis Island
We ended up in Anderson’s coast. Meanwhile Breda McDermot remembered The Evelyn Marie
Finally all 32 singers joined in Amazing Grace in rememberance of those lost their lives on the Titanic
Our theme for this session was Shamrocks and Snakes. A large crowd attended, even the real St Patrick with the real beard.
Joe Cascadden, Bernie Finn and St Patrick Michael Davitt
Frank Carter and Kathleen Durkin
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