ENTERTAINMENT — 09 January 2014

By Shelley Marsden

The annual Jimmy McHugh Memorial Concert in Glasgow this Saturday, January 11, is in its 15th year

When Jimmy arrived in Glasgow in 1946, as a young sixteen year old from the Donegal / Tyrone area, he could not have envisaged the indelible mark he would make and musical legacy he would leave in his adopted city.

Jimmy would spend the next fifty years playing Gaelic football, becoming a founding member of the Four Provinces Ceili Band, a renowned composer, teacher, and performer on the fiddle and accordion, as well as a prominent organiser of events, where he would share many a concert platform with his dear friends and music greats of both the Irish and Scottish traditions.

It is now fifteen years since his passing and once more the people of Glasgow and his numerous friends throughout the traditional music world, gather to delight in Jimmy’s rich legacy, and after fourteen glorious years, during which time, audiences at the Memorial Concert have seen and heard the finest of musicians the world of Irish and Scottish music has to offer.

This concert manages to retain the purity of the music within the tradition of genuine camaraderie of all the people who knew Jimmy and come along, year after year. Those who have been will know that it’s a great night of song, music and dance in honour of an old, talented friend.

On the line-up are Wexford’s Paddy Berry, a traditional singer; Cavan fiddler Antoin MacGabhann; piper Neillidh Mulligan; acclaimed traditional accompanist Garry O Brian and flute player and teacher, Marcas O Murchu and Tipperary native Jimmy O’Sullivan – all of whom had personal connections to Jimmy.

Also performing on the night will be the Shamrock Academy of Irish Dancing, run by Ann McHugh, Jimmy’s beloved wife, and the concert will be compered as is tradition by singer Arthur Johnstone, a lifelong friend of Jimmy’s.

The concert on Jan 11 is at 8pm at Woodside Halls, Glenfarg St, Glasgow (Tickets £12) from Tron Theatre Box Office 0141 552 4267/ 0141 569 3557 or 07855 292062. See www.jimmymchugh.org or email mchugh@irish-music.fsnet.co.uk for more.

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