here during the A to Z challenge a few years back - you might be interested to see where our folk music started in the popular sense.
Now every year in May we put together a special show of all of those old Irish songs for the Festival of Bealtaine.
This year we're heading down to Cork this weekend for a couple of gigs in libraries to tie in with it.
Bealtaine is the Irish word for May, but it is also one of the 4 Celtic seasons of the year - the 1st May is Bealtaine, the 1st of Summer. And in the South of Ireland the government for many years have given funds for creativity for older people during the month of May and that is the Festival of Bealtaine. So our programme of songs fits very well.
Each year we try to make it a bit different and this year the theme is Songs from The Wireless. We're including songs from John McCormack and his contemporaries as well as all my fabulous women's songs - I'm working at learning "The Kerry Dances" at the minute, a very intricate song which dates back to the 1500s - Here's Count John McCormack singing it. Now try and imagine it with guitar and a light contralto voice!!!!! Me!!!
This is our last dip back into a full programme of these songs for a while to come. Full steam ahead now to finish the new album. But oh I will enjoy a wee jaunt down to Cork :)