London Irish Centre among several venues for annual autumn jamboree of Irish trad music.
The Return to Camden Town Festival is back for a 17th year as trad musicians prepare to come together to celebrate music, song and dance. The festival runs from 20-26 October and will be staged across several North London venues. In addition to showcasing the best that trad music has to offer, the event offers numerous workshops to promote Irish musical culture.
These, along with dance events and film screenings, show exactly why it continues to be such a success. The festival kicks-off on October 20 with A Taste of Birmingham Irish at The Green Note. Unique fiddle-player Noreen Cullen and companions Tommy Diegnan and Adrian Burns will be followed by Conor Healy, Colm McGonigle and Hannah Donelan in performances made in the West Midlands but inspired by Ireland.
Popular young trad band CrossHarbour return to the festival for a third straight year, joining Artisan Row for an evening performance at The Fiddler’s Elbow on October 22.
The London Irish Centre is playing a pivotal role in this year’s festival, putting on a variety of workshops at its base in Camden. Individual instrument lessons will give people a chance to improve their skills on the accordion, flute, banjo, harp, fiddle, pipes or whistle.
For those who prefer to sing or dance, there are workshops available in various disciplines on both October 24-25.
The fantastically named Breaking Trad are performing on the evening of October 23 at Kings Place, King’s Cross along with Seven Glens, who hail from music-rich Sliabh Luacra.
Fans of Rita Gallagher can head to The King and Queen on Goodge Street for an evening concert on the same day. Altan are joined by Cran to headline on October 24 at The London Irish Centre and the latter perform again on October 26, rounding off the festival with The Godfather, Bryan Rooney.
A documentary about the extraordinary Rooney, titled ‘An Godfather’ and starring Brendan Gleeson will be shown at 5pm on October 25 at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
With album launches from Clare Egan, Padraig McGovern and Peter Carberry, Patsy Maloney, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and a closing Sunday performance at RADA from Leitrim Equation, there really is so much to see at this year’s festival.
Tickets are available through venue websites and www.returntocamden.org and prices range from £5- £15.50 with discounts for concessions and members.
Some workshops are free and all children go free to dance events when accompanied by a paying adult.
Listen here to a 17 track playlist from the 2014 Return to Camden Festival on www.tradconnect.com