FolkWorld #63 07/2017
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Wild Winds from Artisan Row

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Artisan Row

Celebrating the timeless melodic beauty and strength of traditional Irish music and more, Artisan Row is a new band that brings together four well­known figures from London's traditional Irish and folk music scene. The quartet explores the full range of traditional tunes and songs ­ from effervescent reels and Bulgarian horos to quietly dramatic hornpipes and haunting ballads ­ using its rich textural palette to set the tunes in striking and ear­catching ways.

A native of Derry City, guitarist and singer Conor Doherty performs hand­picked traditional and contemporary folk songs, newly arranged, from England, Ireland, Scotland and America. Citing influences that range from Tony Rose and Dick Gaughan to Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Joni Mitchell, Conor has performed extensively in the UK and Ireland. His much awaited debut album, The Tender and the Savage, performed extensively in the UK and Ireland. His much awaited debut album, The Tender and the Savage, will be independently released in 2014.

Hailing from Listowel, Co. Kerry, sax and flute player Elma McElligott gained her music degree at University College Cork, where she developed her love of traditional Irish music under the guidance of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Mel Mercier. In addition to touring with the famous Moynihan family from Cork City? Elma has performed with The London Lasses for the past six years and featured on their most recent recording, By Night & By Day.

Described as an 'incredibly capable pianist' by Time Out, Liverpool­ born Pete Quinn's performing experience runs the gamut from John Cage at the Barbican to jazz fusion at Ronnie Scott’s to traditional Irish music at the BBC Proms. Formerly with The London Lasses, Pete has performed with some of the greats of traditional Irish music including Brendan McGlinchey, Colm O'Donnell and Bryan Rooney. He has guested on several recordings, including albums by Sean Casey, Peter McAlinden and Mick Mulvey.

A musician, teacher and promoter, multi­instrumentalist Karen Ryan (banjo, mandola, fiddle, whistle) lives and breathes traditional Irish music. Born in London to Galway and Mayo parents, Karen is a founder member of the renowned traditional Irish six­piece, The London Lasses, with whom she has recorded four acclaimed albums and performed throughout the UK, Ireland and the US. She is also Director of the Return to Camden Town festival, a key date in the Irish music calendar. Karen's solo debut, The Coast Road, was released on the Cló Iar­Chonnacht label in 2012. fRoots magazine called it ‘an absolute gem… a remarkably coherent and convincing album’.


Artisan Row

Artist Video Artisan Row @ FolkWorld:

Artist Video Karen Ryan @ FolkWorld:
FW#48, #48

London Lasses @ FolkWorld:
FW#31, #43, #44

Return to Camden Town Festival 2017

For the third year, Return to Camden Town will be run by Irish Music and Dance in London. London’s classic festival of Irish traditional music, dance and song, will take place between Tuesday 24 and Monday 30 0ctober this year.

Return to Camden Town Festival

24 - 30 October 2017

7 Days of concerts, céilís, workshops, album launches, sessions and more at venues in and around the Borough of Camden, London

Artist Video Return to Camden Town
@ FolkWorld:

FW#39, #44

The line up so far includes

    Artisan Row
    The London Lasses and Chris O’Mally
    Andrew Mac Namara, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn
    The Bonny Men
    Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn
    Noel Hill
    Gatehouse (feat. John Wynne, John and Jacinta McEvoy, Rachel Garvey)
    Mick O’Brien, Aoife Ní Bhríain and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail
    Dan Brouder and Angelina Carberry
    Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne
    Claire and Sinéad Egan
    Peter McAlinden
    James Carty (fiddle) and Brian McGrath
    Star of Munster Céilí Band
    Jerry O’Reilly
    and more tba…

There will be festival events at a variety of Camden venues throughout the week – with a particularly high concentration at the London Irish Centre on Camden Square – see - on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October. RTC will also be staging a number of preview and fundraising concerts.

Andrew Mac Namara

Artist Video Andrew Mac Namara @ FW:

For more information please visit the following websites:,,

Photo Credits: (1),(3) Artisan Row, (2) Karen Ryan, (4) Return to Camden Town, (5) Andrew Mac Namara, (6) Feakle Festival (unknown/website).

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