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Traditional Music and Song

september, 2022

sun25sep10:45 amsun1:00 pmFHF: Singing & Walking TourSt. Michan's Church, Church Street, Dublin 710:45 am - 1:00 pm Frank Harte Festival Weekend

Event Details

Curated by Frank Nugent, this year’s walking tour will celebrate Remembered Voices – the Singing Heart of the Northside – honouring the carriers of the songs who performed in the pubs and singing hubs of the north inner city. The walk starts at the graveyard of St Michan’s Parish Church. then proceeds to the Cobblestone in Smithfield; on to Green Street Courthouse and finishing in Wolfe Tone Square off Jervis Street.

The north inner city has long been a treasury of Irish traditional song.  Since the traditional music revival in the 1950s, it has provided meeting places and venues for musicians, singers and listeners to participate and share traditional songs and music at weekly sessions.  The St Mary’s Traditional Music Club also known as the Church Street Club met at the Boys’ Brigade Hall adjacent to St Michan’s Parish Church. It hosted many fiddle and flute players from Sligo and Leitrim living in Dublin, and always found a space for a song and a singer. Nearby Hughes’ pub in Chancery Street was a weekend music venue, while Slattery’s of Capel Street hosted the celebrated “Tradition Club” on Wednesday nights from 1967 to 1987 and on other nights provided a space for Liam Weldon and others to sing and share songs.  Walsh’s of Stoneybatter, the Cobblestone in Smithfield, and An Góilin at the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square, are current north-side live venues where traditional unaccompanied singing of the highest level can be heard. In the recent past we have witnessed the passing of many fine singers who graced these singing hubs.

Dublin’s north inner city has many historical sites. St Michan’s Church graveyard contains the grave of 1798 leader Oliver Bond. Its crypt contains the remains of the brothers John and Henry Shears, and the death mask of Theobald Wolfe Tone, whose birthplace is located nearby in Wolfe Tone Square.  Charles Stewart Parnell’s funeral service was held in St, Michan’s Church in 1891. Not far away is Green Street Courthouse where Robert Emmet was convicted and sentenced to death in 1803, and gave his famous speech from the dock.  The tour will remember their sacrifice in music and song at St Michan’s and Green Street.

The booklet for the walk will be available to download in September and will be on sale on the day for €5 or free to festival weekend ticket holders.

Time

(Sunday) 10:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location

St. Michan's Church

Church Street, Dublin 7

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