A triple bill concert of traditional Irish music, song and dance presented by Irish Music & Dance in London (IMDL).

Irish Music And Dance In London

Featuring Clare Friel, Conor Connolly, Marty Barry and Cathal Ó Curráin / Members of The Thatch Céilí Band, with guests Camden Set Dancers / The Trad Gathering.

This evening’s event is the annual fundraiser for Irish Music And Dance in London (IMDL) who promote Irish arts throughout the city. In particular it will help to raise funds towards hosting London’s 24th annual Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance ‘Return to London Town’ in October of this year (more information below). There will also be a grand draw, tickets available online soon.

Thursday 30th June, 7pm. Bloomsbury Theatre, London. Tickets £20 / £6 Under 18s. Age guidance: family-friendly.


Clare Friel, Conor Connolly, Marty Barry and Cathal Ó Curráin

IMDL are delighted to present this ensemble that brings together some of the brightest individual talents in the Irish traditional music scene today. Featuring two recent TG4 Gradam Ceoil awardees Clare Friel (fiddle) and Conor Connolly (accordion) with multi-instrumentalists/vocalists Marty Barry and Cathal Ó Curráin. All of the artists have regularly performed together in various combinations although this is the first time they will have appeared as a four-piece.

Members of The Thatch Céilí Band (with Camden Set Dancers)

Four original members of the legendary Thatch Céilí Band (winners of the All Ireland Fleadh in 1985 and 1986): John Bowe (accordion), Paul Gallagher (flute), Mick O’Connor (banjo) and Adrian Bourke (fiddle) will be joined by Peter McAlinden (piano) to bring us beautiful sounds from 1970s and 80s London – music which in turn inspired an entire generation of new Irish musicians in the capital city. The Thatch as they are fondly known will be joined on stage by the Camden Set Dancers for a demonstration set.

The Trad Gathering

IMDL’s youth project, The Trad Gathering, presents an ensemble of today’s great young London Irish musicians, together to perform music from the great Offaly accordionist, John Bowe. Led by Karen Ryan (fiddle) and Pete Quinn (piano), this arrangement of John’s music was first performed by the group earlier this year in Trafalgar Square as part of the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Festival celebrations

The Return to London Town Festival – London’s 24th Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance

Friday 28th – Monday 31st October 2022

Clayton Crown Hotel, Cricklewood (and other local venues)
Special Festival B&B room rates now available to book at the Hotel for the Festival weekend.
Please use the promo code ‘RETURNTL’ when booking online at www.claytoncrownhotel.com
Single room bed and breakfast per night £85
Double room bed and breakfast per night £95
Triple room bed and breakfast per night £105

Quad room bed and breakfast per night £115

For more information about Irish music events in London, please see www.irishmusicinlondon.org

The Trad Gathering live:

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