The Bonny Men formed in early 2011 and rapidly became one of the most talked about and exciting acts to emerge in the Irish trad/folk music scene. The seven musicians – Turlough Chambers, Natalie Ní Chasaide, Conor Lyons, Moss Landman, Adam Whelan, Maitiú Ó Casaide and Barry Lyons – have received many awards as individuals, including All-Ireland Championships, World Bodhrán Champion and the prestigious TG4 Young Musician of the Year.
Their debut album was released to critical acclaim in late 2011 and the band has played at some of the most prestigious traditional music festivals in Ireland, France, the UK, the United States, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Italy and Africa.
2015 saw the release of the band’s second album, Moyne Road, which reached no. 1 in the Irish music charts and received many positive reviews… ”Moyne Road is a scintillating album that alternates driving , high octane instrumental sets with thoughtful and characterful new songs composed by the band members themselves” The Living Tradition.
The band has been featured several times on Irish television, via programmes such as TG4’s Ar Thóir an Cheoil, the BBC’s Cuisle and most recently Bosca Ceoil. Performing a mixture of traditional, original and contemporary music and songs, The Bonny Men combine explosive energy, creative harmonies and clever and intriguing arrangements in a way that is always entertaining.
CrossHarbour is 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 highly 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, London session musician and teacher Tad Sargent on bodhrán and bouzouki and singer Rosie Hodgson, who was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. For further information, see www.crossharbourmusic.com
The Irish Elderly Advice Network (IEAN), a registered charity, runs the London Irish Pensioners Choir and a theatre group performing Irish plays. IEAN works to combat poverty, isolation and distress amongst the older Irish population in London and the South East. It supports Irish pensioners’ clubs throughout London, enabling older Irish people to remain active and enjoy a full social life.
IEAN operates a Good Neighbour Scheme, visiting isolated or lonely older Irish people in their homes, together with busy drop-in and outreach services in East and North London, providing welfare rights advice.
If you would like further information about the work of IEAN, please call 0207 428 0471 or email Nora Mulready – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening Concert – Bonny Men / CrossHarbour / London Irish Pensioners Choir
London Irish Centre (Mac)
Sat 28th Oct – 7.30pm
£15 / £6 under 18s