We are privileged to work with so many people who are involved in the preservation and celebration of Irish culture here in Britain. We are hugely grateful for their support. We have listed some of them below.
If you would like to get involved with the work of the Irish Elders Culture Office, we would love to hear from you. Visit this page.
Irish Music Venues, Festivals and Organisations
We are delighted to have developed partnerships with a number of Irish groups celebrating Irish culture throughout London.
The Irish Pensioners Choir – a group of around 30 older Irish people who hail from all over Ireland and live across London. The choir aims to preserve the songs and singing styles of this older Irish generation of emigrants. For more information on the extensive activities of the choir, and how to get involved with the choir, please visit this page.
Irish Pensioners Forum of East London is a thriving social and cultural organisation for older Irish people in and around East London. Covering seven London Boroughs including Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Redbridge, Havering, and parts of Essex, IPFEL is bringing Irish culture, friendship and fun, to the lives of hundreds of older Irish people. Their regular monthly cultural events attract around 100 people each month. For more information contact John O’Connor (Chair) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Return to Camden Town is one of the highlights of the Irish cultural calendar in Britain. Under the leadership of Karen Ryan the festival has become something of a traditional Irish music institution and in the last ten years has consistently attracted internationally renowned musicians and bands such as Frankie Gavin, Martin Hayes and Lunasa. In 2014 the Irish Elderly Advice Network hosted one of the RtCT concerts on behalf of older Irish people and we are delighted to announce it will be happening again this year.
London Irish Theatre provides a home for Irish actors and play-writes. Directed by John Dunne, this theatre company has put on dozens of plays, including ‘My Father’s Watch’, a play written by the youngest Irish victim of miscarriages of justice, Patrick Maguire of the Maguire Seven. The Culture Office is currently working with London Irish Theatre to produce a play with a cast almost entirely of older Irish people.
Haringey Irish Centre has served the Irish community, and particularly the older Irish community, for many decades. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Irish Centre as we develop the work of the Culture Office.
Irish Pensioners Set Dancers are a group of older Irish people who keep alive one of the oldest forms of Irish traditional dance. Set dancing was traditionally done at cross road in rural Ireland, with villages and towns throughout the country having their own version of the traditional sets.
Gaelic Voices Festival is a wonderful festival keeping the Sean-nós tradition alive here in Britain. This year we helped a number of older Irish singers to enter the annual Gaelic Voices Festival competition.
Irish Music Schools and teachers
We are delighted to work with many of the Irish music school and music teachers working throughout London. These include:
London Irish Music School (Musical Director, Colette Keaveney)
Feith an Cheoil (Musical Director, Eilish Byrne-Whelehan)
Hackney School of Folk Music (Teachers Molly Mulready-jones, Ciara Holland, Kathy Gentles and Nora Mulready)
Ann Morrissey, Sean-nos singer. Ann is an older Irish person, originally from Connemara, who has lived in London for many decades. Here is a video of Ann singing a Sean-nós song which she has entered in the Gaelic Voices Festival Competition 2015.
Rosie Falconer is a beautiful singer and vocal harmoniser from London. She has performed and recorded with Irish and folk groups including Mondegreen Folk and has taken part in many events supporting the work of the Irish Elderly Advice Network.
Billy Steven is a fantastic singer and guitar player who has been playing Irish and folk music in London’s Irish pubs, venues and folk clubs since the 1960s. In over 50 years in London, he’s played with just about every musician in London
John Courtney is a very well-known Irish and country singer in London’s East End. Since leaving Wexford Town in the 1950s, John has been entertaining the people of the East End for 50 years. To listen to John, click here.
Conor Ryan is a tin whistle player who has been playing in London’s Irish music scene since the 1960s, including some of the great old Irish venues such as the Sugan Kitchen Theatre and and the White Hart.
Tom O’Connoll (button accordion) is a great traditional button accordion player. Now in his 70s and having lived in London for the last 50 years, Tom is a very well known traditional Irish musician. We are delighted that Tom will be playing the accordion in the Culture Office production of the Irish play, The Nuns’ Chorus.
Orlaith (flute) and Brogan (concertina) McAuliffe – With numerous All Britain and All Ireland Fleadh medals under their belts, Órlaith and Brogan can be regularly found performing at various concerts and frequenting the thriving London-session scene. Orlaith’s band, Crossharbour, is noted as one of the best new Irish bands around and Brogan is now a member of the renowned London-Irish band, the London Lassies.
Brian Kelly (banjo) is a household name in London Irish music. He is a multi All Ireland winning banjo player who has toured the world playing Irish music and is found most weekends keeping the tradition alive in the Irish pubs and music venues of London.
Jacqueline Hinds is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. She has supported Ireland’s leading musicians including Martin Hayes, Michael McGoldrick, Mary Coughlan and Lunasa, performed with Donal Lunny and for President Mary Macaleese. She was awarded the Katherine McGillivray “Get A Life Fund” for musicians which facilitated an MA in performance at The Irish World Academy completed in 2010.
If you would like to get involved with the Irish Elders Culture Office, we would love to hear from you. Please visit this page.