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Court Sessions

Friday Programme:
Court Sessions currently operates as a series of monthly events- detailed on this page-
The County Arms, 345 Trinity Road SW18 3SH
Pub & nearby car-parks, three bus routes [77, 219, 319], plus overground to Wandsworth Common-

Friday March 29th..

Oliver is a native of County Monaghan, one of three Ulster counties in the Republic of Ireland, where his style and many of his songs were learned in the late ‘40s and the ’50s from his family and local singers. By the ‘60s he was in Dublin and made frequent visits to the southern and western gaeltacht areas in search of songs. He also sang in many fleadh ceóil festivals, becoming an all-Ireland champion. Oliver has fond memories of CS, from the beginning at the Court House and with musicians such as fiddler Brendan McGlinchey, more recently uillean piper Brendan McAuley.

Annie is a London born traditional singer, her father hailing from County Tipperary, her mother from Buttevant, Cork. She was encouraged to enter the local Fleadh Cheoil, which she did, winning the All-England Fleadh Cheoil, then held in Liverpool. Annie sang with Irish/Scots group Shegui for three years in Irish pubs and venues of North London and beyond, then in 1983 performed two songs written by Sandra Kerr for Channel 4 series People to People, ‘The Irish In Britain’, about the women and men who came to England in the 50’s and 60’s.

Brendan is of a family steeped in music, both parents musicians who toured Ireland with travelling shows playing venues from village halls to barns. The family settled in Belfast and the music continued with the younger generation. In the ‘60s he moved to London where, influenced by great players from other parts of Ireland, he added the uileann pipes, flute and concertina to his range of instruments.

Commences at 8.00pm- until just after 11.00pm
Entry: members- £7.00, non-mems £8.00 - [m'ship £2.00pa]

With club residents the Wandle Delta String Band,
plus Dave East & Doreen Leighter