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/
Jane and Maurice are delighted to be presenting their show telling the story of Mary Ann McCracken’s life through words and folk-song at the historic 1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast. It’s particularly poignant to be performing this show in Rosemary Street where Mary Ann and the McCrackens lived for so many years. Maurice and Jane are marking the occasion by re-releasing their 1995 album ‘Mary Ann McCracken 1770-1866’ featuring songs and readings from the show. Jane and Maurice will be joined on stage by Joe McHugh on uilleann pipes and whistle. Tickets from http://cqaf.com/mary-ann-mccracken/
Singer, broadcaster, writer and song-collector, Maurice Leyden presents a singing lecture on the social history and songs of the local linen industry. ‘Songs of the Handloom Weavers’ is at 11am on Sat 5th May in Mary McBride’s. Info and Tickets from www.cushendunbpt.org
Jane gives an interview to BBC Northern Ireland Online on her time as resident singer at the old Sunflower Folk Club founded by Geoff Harden back in the early 1980’s. Fergus O’Hare takes up the story with the present-day Sunflower Folk Club which meets every Thurs evening in Union St. Belfast. The piece was recorded as part of the BBC Folk on Two Awards which took place in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on the 4th April 2018. https://canvas-story.bbcrewind.co.uk/sites/sunflower-folk-club/
Jane was delighted to be invited to sing her ballad about Naoise O’Haughan at the Belfast Hills Partnership Conference at Belfast Castle.
Maurice and Jane are looking forward to playing at Sean Donnelly’s Gallery Folk Club this Sun. 18th March for Directions Tel 028 4372 2009
Jane was delighted to be MC for the night at a special Women’s Day celebration at the Sunflower Folk Club. A packed house heard from a host of female talent with Tiona McSherry taking to the stage with her band for the second half. Thanks to Maire and Fergus O’Hare for organising a really special night!
Pop into Conway Mill’s Saturday market and enjoy a range of performances from local actors including Gerard Jordan and Antoinette Morelli and musicians Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden. The music will be linen-related traditional songs, gathered by Maurice for his book ‘A Social History of the Ulster Linen Industry through Folk Song’. The drama will include performances of The Doffer’s Tale by Rosaleen Walsh and extracts from Lay Up Your Ends by Martin Lynch and Charabanc. There will also a number of historical talks from Myrtle Hill, as well as some amazing footage of the mills and its workers from the Northern Visions archive.