Jane and Maurice present the life and times of Thomas Russell in words and music at The John Hewitt Summer School. 7pm The Market Place Theatre, Armagh Tickets £9 www.marketplacearmagh.com Box Office Tel: 028 3752 1821 Mon-Sat 9.30-4.30
Maurice and Jane are delighted to be bringing their show ‘Sing a Song of Mourne’ to the Soma Festival in Castlewellan this year on Fri 20th July 7.30 pm. http://online.fliphtml5.com/mour/jomf/#p=28 They will also be taking part in The Singing Tree Session on Sat 21st July 11-3pm. Finally Jane will be part of a FairPle panel discussion on Sat 21st July at 5pm.
Reclaiming the Enlightenment are CELEBRATING BASTILLE DAY Saturday 14 July, 2.00pm to 5.00pm First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast Kevin Whelan, ‘”The Athens of the North”: The Enlightenment, France and Belfast.’ + songs from Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden. Whelan is the Michael Smurfit Director of the Keogh Naughton Notre Dame Centre in Dublin. He has written or edited 15 books on Irish history and geography and helped transform our understanding of our decade of revolution in the 1790’s, and notably in his, Fellowship of Freedom; The United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion. The Belfast town debates of 1792 – contesting the issues of equal citizenship. A dramatised reading with Paula McFetridge and Vincent Higgins Price; £5.00
The Sunflower Folk Club presents Maurice Leyden singing with his past pupils, celebrating 10 years teaching traditional singing at Belfast Trad. Thursday 28th June. Singing from 9.00-11.00pm. Doors open 8.30pm
Some pics taken by Chris Flack from our recent performance of the Mary Ann McCracken Show at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary St, Belfast, with Joe McHugh, as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. A very special performance for us as Mary Ann lived in Rosemary Lane (now street) for many years.
Maurice and Jane recorded 5 songs with Donal O’Connor, at Red Box Studios Belfast as part of an album of songs from the repertoire of the great Co. Antrim tradional singer, Robert Cinnamond, which will be released in the Autumn of 2018. The Co. Down traditional singer Roisin White is leading the project and will be featured on the album, along with Len Graham, Meabh Meir and Jennifer Orr.
Maurice and Jane will perform ‘Songs of Co Down’ at the Columbanus Folk Festival, Bangor upstairs in the Imperial Bar on Sat 16th June 8pm Admission Free.
Join Maurice Leyden and Jane Cassidy as they tell the story of this remarkable man, through eye-witness accounts of his life, extracts from Russell’s diary and traditional songs. This is part of a series of events marking the 230th anniversary of the founding of the Linen Hall Library in 1788, of which Thomas Russell was the very first Librarian. https://linenhall.cloudvenue.co.uk/home?cat=eventtickets
Jane, together with singer Kate Barry, is organising a concert in The American Bar, Belfast on Sat 9th June as part of an island-wide Fair Plé Day. Lots of local female trad and folk artists will be taking to the stage, including the wonderful fiddle-player Nollaig Casey. www.fairple.com
Maurice is delighted to be a guest at this year’s Fife Sing in the beautiful village of Falkland. For more info on all the guests and events check out http://www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing/