By Jimmy Rhatigan
Pics: Donal Foley
IT WAS another great night of super folk entertainment with the Bard of Tullaroan and his magnificent team of top class musicians and singers.
Venue for The Folk Revival, co-ordinated by singer and songwriter, Paddy Fitzpatrick was The Set Theatre which attracted a good attendance of local supporters.
The audience enjoyed the music of The Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners, with songs from Donovan, Dominic Behan and Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure.
The two-hour show featured young talent and experienced entertainers, including Alex McCluskey, JJ Ryan, Becky Kavanagh Hayde, Paddy Fitzpatrick, Pat O’Leary, Kevin Morrin, Joseph Ó Faoláin, Dan Ryan, Jim White, Pat Hogan, Angela Dunne, Jim Maher and Liam Coady.
The show was fast and very entertaining and that there was no interval break ensured great continuity.
Raffle prizes were donated by generous local businesses, Turning Heads Hat Hire, the Laundry Basket, Patrick Street, Electro City, M&F Fitness, Vera Moda, Maria P. Cleere, John Kearns Physiotherapy and TC Tyres, Upper Patrick Street.
Top prize was a hurley signed by some of Kilkenny’s finest players but someone may have not rummaged deep enough in his or her pocket for cloakroom tickets they may have purchased and as a result the hurley is still there to be collected by the holder of a light green ticket, numbers 16 to 20, serial number AD 847376.
Paddy Fitzpatrick thanked the team of top class performers who provided a brilliant evening of entertainment.
He lauded the good attendance who supported an event that benefited L’Arche Callan and Kilmoganny and Buckley Park Maintenance Fund.
Also praised were volunteer helpers, tickets and doorman Tommy Roche, all of whom did excellent work.
Ballylinan singer and banjo player Kevin Morrin made his debut with the Paddy Fitzpatrick entertainers and proved to be a big hit with his fantastic Luke Kelly-like voice.
He will be in concert with his band at the Dunamace Theatre, Portlaoise on April 13. The two-hour show from 8pm to 10pm will feature Kevin on banjo and vocals, Brian Hughes on uilleann pipes and tin whistle, Fintan Crowley on piano and John Hosey on guitar.
The concert will include many Luke Kelly numbers and the songs of Finbar Furey, Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem.
Tickets, €15, from www.dunamace.ie or 057-8663355.