Jimmy Crowley began singing in the late 1960s and he formed Stokers Lodge, who became regulars in the folk clubs around Cork city. By the early 1970s he had begun
Jimmy Crowley began singing in the late 1960s and he formed Stokers Lodge, who became regulars in the folk clubs around Cork city. By the early 1970s he had begun to write his own material and revive the art of the ballad maker. While serving his time to a cabinet-maker he learned a popular song in 1920s Cork called simply Boozing. In Johnny Jump Up he sings of a cider so strong from being stored in old whiskey casks that it represented a passport to heaven. His songs also feature local Cork customs and sports – including draghunting, road bowling and hurling – along with local landmarks. The words of many of these ballads are contained in his great work Songs From The Beautiful City, published in 2014 and featuring over 140 songs. Jimmy has made an inestimable contribution to the preservation of traditional Cork ballads. His repertoire and his singing style have appealed to generations of people everywhere but especially on Cork’s North side.
Eve Telford is a singer of traditional folk songs as well as her original compositions. Born in Adelaide, Australia, Eve grew up in Japan, Tasmania, England and Wales, before finding her home in Co. Cork. She believes that her early exposure to different cultures, as well as the absence of television and screen-culture in her childhood contributed vastly to the development of her folk psyche. She siShe is currently recording an album of Child ballads learnt from the singing of Irish Travellers, with her partner, Jimmy Crowley. Her original songs are inspired by the wellsprings of world mythologies, indigenous rights, a proximity to the natural world, and a commitment to political protest. ngs traditional Irish songs, and also Welsh, Scottish and English songs.
Admission: €10 per person
(Saturday) 2:00 pm
The Long Valley Bar
Winthrop Street, Cork City Centre