Midland Songs and Singers

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Ballincanty Spree, better known a Canty Ball, dates from  the close to the end of the 19th century, probably about 1890. It tells the tale of Mrs John Conroy who gained a certain notriety in the area.

See the song elsewhere on this site.

The scene of much excitement!

Conroys House, Ballincanty

Michael Fox’s song tells the story of Johnny Keyes excursion, with his neighbours, to retrieve corn from land he had leased in Clonaslee.  The RIC lay in wait for them at Killoughey Barracks where an RIC man was shot. Johnny was smuggled to America and, due to silence, noone was tried.

Song of the Land Wars

Killoughey Barracks

Geordie Hanna wekkend held every year in Tyrone.  Details to follow.

Fleadhanna - We have one in every county plu sone for each province. Lots of music and song.

Fleadh Cheoil na Heireann will be held in Dettu nest year. The singing is always great.

3rd Tuesday of the month

2nd Tuesday of the month

1st Sat. Of the month

1st Mon. Of the month.

I am lucky to have a few recordings of Mick that I got from  the P Nolan of Ballycumber about 1990. In fact, I recorded Mick myself back in the 70s but mislaid the tape.  He had a wonderful voice and needed no coaxing to sing any of his big repertoire. My favourite at that time was the well known international ballad,  Matt Hyland.  Mick sang it particularly well.

Great singer from Cornafurrish, Ballycumber.

The late Mick Clancy

Tommy Duffy was another who had a fine store of songs. Frank Brennan and I travelled to his home in 1991 to record some songs and I have all of those recordings still. My real favourite was his version of the Nobleman’s Wedding. It is shorter than normal but has a lovely refrain that I have found in no other version.

Another great from Mount Temple, Co Westmeath.

The late Tommy Duffy

Last Monday of the month

Dan & Mollys, Ballyboy

Shannon Harbour

Hineys Pub, Frbane

Murrays Pub, Knockcroghery

Thatched Pub, crinkle

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Joe Geoghegan, prolific Clara song writer and commentator on every day life in the area during the first half of the 20th century. My wish is that, eventually, this website will publish all of his works that can be retrieved.

Material required.

Joe Geoghegan, Clara song writer

If you have material that you would like to donate and have published, I would love to hear from you.

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Tony Monaghan, Tullamore.

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