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Fleadh Nua 2017 Programme

Fleadh Nua 2017

The London Lasses

Sunday 24th May, 6.00pm | The Sanctuary, Queen's Hotel

Described by Irish Music Magazine as “one of the best bands on the scene today”, the traditional Irish group The London Lasses have released four critically acclaimed albums with pianist, Pete Quinn.  The band is about to release their 5th album with pianist/guitarist Chris O’Malley. Also newly into the fold is concertina player Brogan McAuliffe. The new CD features guests musicians Colm McGonigle (harp), Maureen Linane (accordion) and Aibhilín Nic Eochagáin (accordion, flute, backing vocals).

Band members: Karen Ryan (fiddle, mandola, banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Elma McElligott (flute, sax, backing vocals), Brogan McAuliffe (concertina), Chris O’Malley (keyboard, guitar), Brona McVittie (vocals, harp)

The London Lasses have toured Germany with the St Patrick’s Day Celebration Festival, performed the first ever ceilidh in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms, and played at Ireland’s longest running folk festival, Ballyshannon. They have brought their unique sound to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls including Cambridge Folk Festival, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Glastonbury, Philadelphia Irish Festival and Sidmouth International Festival.

Here is what people are saying about their latest album "The One I Loved the Best"

  • ‘This album captures the London Lasses at their brilliant best. The music is fresh and exciting with a lot of heart and rhythm that makes you want to dance’ Mary MacNamara (Macalla)
  • ‘The One I Loved the Best, is music played by great musicians at the peak of their art, with passion, verve and integrity. Molaim go deo sibh, Karen agus na London Lasses le Chris O’Malley’ Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan)
  • ‘The London Lasses’ repertoire and style on this recording references many of the most essential touchstone elements in the tradition and presents a comprehensive picture of Irish music that is masterfully delivered with polish, and without compromise.’ Martin Hayes (The Gloaming)

Admission €5

 

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