Ulster Folk Song > Articles by: Jane Cassidy

Andy Irvine’s 80th Birthday Concert at Vicar St Dublin 20th June 2022

Seems only yesterday we attended Andy’s 70th Birthday bash in Vicar St. Last night’s concert was superb and a wonderful night for those of us lucky enough to be in the audience. The icing on the cake was finding our old friends Bernard and Elma Kleikamp from Leiden in Holland sitting at our table and enjoyed the concert with them. Bernard organised many wonderful tours for Jane back in the 1980s.

Armagh Pipers Club 10th June 2022

Maurice and Jane were delighted to be invited to be part of the Armagh Pipers Club end of year singing session and spent a super evening sharing songs with old friends Brian and Eithne Vallelly and the Club’s young traditional singers. The tradition is in safe hands!

John Hewitt International Summer School Thurs 28th July 2022

Maurice and Jane are delighted to have been invited to present their Mary Ann McCracken Show at the 2022 John Hewitt Summer School in The Market Place Theatre in Armagh. tickets available from The Market Place Theatre

RTE/BBC Radio Ulster Celtic Fusion Programme 1st May 2022

Maurice and Jane were delighted to be part of a lovely fusion of music and song from Ireland and Wales to celebrate the Dawn Chorus on the 1st May 2022. The programme is presented by Paddy Glackin, Donal Lunny and Lynette Fay. Maurice and Jane perform ‘The Tern and the Swallow’, ‘The Cuckoo’ and ‘The Hawk and the Crow’. You can find the programme on the RTE Player.

New Album ‘Linen Songs’

Maurice and Jane release a new album entitled ‘Linen Songs’ featuring seventeen songs from Maurice’s extensive collection of local folk-songs associated with the Ulster linen industry. Half the songs are accompanied and half unaccompanied. The album was produced by Rod McVey who plays piano, keyboard and accordion. Maurice and Jane are also accompanied by Frank Cassidy on bouzouki, Paddy Finney on guitar, Joe McHugh on pipes and whistle and Conor Caldwell on fiddle. The album can be purchased via the Shop function on this website where you can also find the lyrics and in-depth information on all the tracks. Thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their support in the making of this album.