Traditional Music and Song

april, 2022

mon25apr8:00 pmmon10:30 pmMaurice Leyden and Jane Cassidy with Paul Clements8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Rostrevor Folk ClubDue to Illness

Event Details

Rostrevor Folk Club presents Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leydon in a new show, Romancing Ireland, on Irish cultural icon Richard Hayward – produced in conjunction with Hayward’s biographer, Paul Clements.

For decades Richard Hayward (1892-1964) was a household name in Ulster and one of Ireland’s best-loved cultural figures. Brought up in Larne, he lived most of his life on the Antrim Road and married his second wife Dorothy at Duncairn Presbyterian Church in 1962. Immensely gregarious and talented, Hayward was by turns a successful actor, director, film-maker, travel writer, musician and singer. What shone through all of his work was his love of Ireland; its people, stories, landscape music and songs. He learned his first folk ballads from ballad singers on the streets of Larne and from the family’s maid, Lezzie Carroll who hailed from Monaghan.

Folk-singers Maurice Leyden and Jane Cassidy have teamed up with Hayward’s biographer, Paul Clements, to present a show celebrating Richard Hayward’s contribution to the cultural life of the island of Ireland, through anecdote and folk-ballads. A glance down the list of songs Hayward recorded with such luminaries as Delia Murphy and Seán Maguire, reveal that many of them are still part of the folk-repertoire today; testament to Hayward’s contribution to the preservation of Irish folk ballads. Photos and film-clips will be part of the show, bringing Hayward alive for the audience.

Tickets will be available from March 28 at Belinda Cullen’s Good Craic Gifts shop at 13 Church Street, Rostrevor (Tel: 079369-77029 or email


(Monday) 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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