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IMDL presents Irish Hooley!

IMDL presents Irish Hooley!

Irish Music & Dance in London presents Irish Hooley at King´s Place.

On Wednesday 28th June, IMDL are staging their annual Irish Hooley, which this year will take place in the beautiful surrounds of Kings Place (Hall One), 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are just £15.50. Available here. The concert will feature:

The London Lasses and Chris O’Malley

This internationally renowned six-piece band delivers a wealth of traditional material from all over Ireland, including songs in Irish and English, plus the full range of Irish dance tunes, from ancient to newly composed. The London Lasses released their fifth album, The One I Loved the Best, with Leeds pianist and guitarist, Chris O’Malley.

Over the past seventeen years The London Lasses have taken their music to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, including Cambridge Folk Festival, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Glastonbury, Dublin City Hall, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, where they performed the first ever BBC Proms céilí as part of the 2008 season and supported The Chieftains on their 50th Anniversary tour.

“One of the best bands on the scene today.” Irish Music Magazine. See www.londonlasses.net.


A dynamic young band from London’s thriving Irish music scene. Fusing well-loved traditional tunes and songs with original compositions and innovative arrangements, CrossHarbour has gained a reputation for its virtuosic, energetic and polished performances.

The band features the remarkable abilities of winner of no less than 19 All-Ireland titles, flute and whistle virtuoso and composer Órlaith McAuliffe, fiddler Sam Proctor, whose 2008 debut solo album, Natural Progression, was chosen by the Irish Times as one of the traditional albums of the year, multi-instrumentalist Philippe Barnes, bodhrán and bouzouki player Tad Sargent, who performed at The Globe Theatre last year for a season of The Taming of the Shrew with Brittany piper, Loïc Bléjean (the two went on to record a duet album) and singer Rosie Hodgson, who was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards.

“A fine example of how traditional Irish music is still thriving in a modern way.” The Daily Telegraph. See www.crossharbourmusic.com.

Le Chéile

Le Chéile was formed in the early 1970s by musicians who played regularly in the famous sessions at The White Hart, on Fulham Broadway. The 1960s and ‘70s were golden years for traditional Irish music in London, when musicians played to packed houses and sparked the revival which went on to spread back home and around the globe.

Le Chéile was the cult Irish band of 1970s London. Their classic album, Lord Mayo, was reissued on CD in 2006. To coincide with that release, the surviving original band members – master fiddler Danny Meehan, Liam Farrell (banjo), John Roe (piano) and Kevin Boyle (guitar) – reformed alongside new recruits, flautist Paul Gallagher and accordionist Andy Martyn.

Now they’re back, adding powerful momentum to the revivalist movement within Irish music today with their exciting big band mix of back to basics traditional music from Donegal and Galway. Their third album, Out of the West, was released in 2010.

“The cult Irish band of 1970s London, producing some of the most memorable recordings of the time.” Folk Radio UK. See www.copperplatemailorder.com/whmcd03.html.

Artisan Row

Celebrating the timeless melodic beauty of traditional Irish music and more, Artisan Row brings together four well-known figures from London´s traditional Irish music scene. First performing together in this combination at the 2012 Ennis Trad Festival, the quartet uses its rich textural palette to set the material in striking and ear-catching ways while always respecting the primacy of the melody.

Artisan Row are: from Derry, Conor Doherty (vocal and guitar), from Kerry, Elma McElligott (sax, flute, whistles and backing vocals), from London, Karen Ryan (banjo, mandola, fiddle and whistles) and from Liverpool, Pete Quinn (piano and backing vocals). The band has just released its debut album, Wild Winds, which features traditional and newly composed tunes and songs in the Irish genre plus music from the Eastern European music traditions.

“A fresh new force on the London Irish scene.”  Irish Music Magazine. See www.facebook.com/artisanrowmusic.

The Trad Gathering

The Trad Gathering brings together a large number of the best young traditional Irish musicians from across London and further afield to work on big collaborative projects. The group was initially formed in 2008 to perform as part of the BBC Folk Proms. Other early performances included the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2009, Return to Camden Town Festival commissioned the renowned Leitrim composer, Charlie Lennon, to write a suite of music for the group, Recollections of Camden Town, which they went on to perform at the Festival and the Royal Festival Hall.

In 2017, after a 6 year break, group leaders Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn relaunched the project, featuring the next wave of great young musicians from in and around the capital. Playing tunes from the repertoire of London/Leitrim fiddling hero, Bryan Rooney, this new 66 strong group performed this year at Camden Lock and on the Trafalgar Square stage as part of the Lord Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Festival.

“The Trad Gathering were FANTASTIC – such great tunes that soared around the (Royal Albert) Hall. We couldn’t have had a better start to the second half.” Lincoln Abbots, Chief Executive, Music for Youth. See http://www.karenryan.net/index.php/musicalprojects/thetradgathering.


This will be the third fundraising event of 2017 by Irish Music & Dance in London. Proceeds of the concert will help with the staging of the 19th Return to Camden Town Festival on 24-30 October 2017. See www.returntocamden.org for more details.

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