Greetings one and all and a special hello to all the new people who have signed up to this list from our tours in Europe and the UK in September and October.

Thank you to everyone who supported us through 2015 - everyone who booked us, came to our concerts and bought our CDs, to all the singers who came to my workshops and all the artists who came to the studio to record with Tom.  And especially to all the friends and family for being there for us.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all again somewhere along the road in the next 12 months. 

So excited to be heading to Australia in March 2016.  We're gradually posting dates on the website here and are looking forward to doing several workshops, both for choirs and for bodhran in the Melbourne area ... as well as folk clubs and Irish clubs in both Melbourne and Sydney.  Details here as we get closer to the time 

We're very much looking forward to getting back over to England and Scotland later this month. 

 

Our new CD has  just arrived and will be up in the shop and available on iTunes in the next couple of days.  Back There has 11 tracks, some of our own songs and some by our Irish songwriter friends.  Looking forward to getting it out into the world over the next while. 

We received this lovely review for The Emigrant Woman's Tale from Colum Sands of BBC radio Ulster's Folk Club programme 

We've come to the end of a wonderful Fiddlers Green Festival here in Rostrevor - the 29th festival.

Tom McFarland and I are  starting out on our first gigs of this year by getting across the water for a lovely wee tour to visit some great folk clubs in Scotland and England

I've fulfilled a long held ambition this weekend past, to have a stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan.

The story behind one of the best known Irish women's songs  

The Spinning Wheel (John Frances Waller) 

 Mellow the moonlight to shine is beginning
Close by the window young Eileen is spinning
Bent o’er the fire her blind grandmother sitting
Is crooning and moaning and drowsily knitting

The Spinning Wheel is one of the most famous Irish folksongs  and was one of the first songs I learned as a child.When I first learned it as a little girl I pictured this beautiful young girl gazing longingly out of the window, dressed of course in a perfect long skirt, with long hair and an angelic face!!   The old lady was knowingly sitting in the corner  ....   I can still see the sash window, the moon shining, the wood outside where the young lovers ended up walking ...  Isn't it funny the pictures that stay in  your head with a song:))  It was written in the late 1800s by John Frances Waller (1909-1894) .

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