FolkWorld #64 11/2017
© Seán Laffey

Fleadh Down in Ennis

Artist Video Fleadh Down in Ennis
Will you sit back awhile till I sing you a song
Tis not very short nor tis not very long;
Its about the Fleadh Cheoil down in Ennis you see
So to me will you pay your attention.
I’m not a great singer but I know there are worse
I cannot help trying to sing you a verse;
For to let you all know how the Fleadh Cheoil got on
For you, now, who couldn’t attend it.
They came from the North and they came from the East
From the West and the South ‘twas a thriller to see;
With fiddles and bagpipes and piccolos too
And drum sticks to keep them in order.
They came down from Dublin so hearty and gay
They brought Leo Rowsome to show them the way;
Himself and Sean Seery they played all the way.
With their flute payer Vincent O’Broderic,
    -- Sciddery-idle dom-diddery dom-diddery die dee.

They came down from Cavan so far far away
I’m sure they were travelling for most of a day;
With singers and players the best I can say
To compete at the Fleadh down in Ennis.
Their players were good and their singers were keen
But Margaret O’Reilly was the best of the team;
And big Doctor Galligan he wore the bainin
Just to swank at the Fleadh down in Ennis.
From the kingdom of Kerry they all made their way
And brave Dins Murphy he started to play;
The ‘Ould Floggin Reel’ and ‘The Black Cup o’ Tay’
Sure you’d feel ten times younger right after;
From Limerick’s fair city they came by the score
And Johnny MacMahon he played an encore;
And the bould Andy Keane sure he played as much more
And to finish he played ‘Colonel Frazer’.
    -- Sciddery-idle dom-diddery dom-diddery die dee.

From Wicklow and Carlow they all fell in line
And up from Portarlington came Johnny Ryan;
He resigned his bow and he watched every line
And he won the first prize on the violin.
From Galway they came every man and his wife
With Eddie Moloney who played on the fife;
And young Kieran Collins would the dead rise
When he played us ‘The Lark in the Morning’.
There was music and song from all over Clare
The Macks of Crusheen and sure all the Mulkeres;
The Mike Preston Trio and Martin Mulhaire
Not forgetting the Mister Joe Leary.
Mrs Crotty she came all the way from Kilrush
She took a high note for the ‘Bird on the Bush’
She played all the day and she never did blush
Twas ‘Good Girl Yourself Mrs Crotty.’
    -- Sciddery-idle dom-diddery dom-diddery die dee.

They came down from Quilty, to sing and to play
With big Martin Talty from Miltown Malbay
And our own Willie Clancy, he gave a display
Sure we know he’s the King of the pipers,
Then somebody said, ‘who’s that man over there?’
Isn’t that Jimmy Ward from the North side of Clare
He plays on the banjo with music to spare
For he plays with the great Kilfenora.
Noe Peter O’Loughlin from Connolly came
He brought Paddy Murphy, twas all in the game;
They played a duet and they made a big name
For they won at the Fleadh down in Ennis.
And down from Bellbarbour Chris Droney he came
He played on a matchbox I thought twas that same;
Till someone said “Robbie what’s that you are saying’
Isn’t that his own small Concertina.
    -- Sciddery-idle dom-diddery dom-diddery die dee.

Our own Paddy Canny, he took oe’r the fair
He played through the streets and right up to the square;     
Says Daniel O’Connell ‘My Life on you there’
And I think you’re the best of them all sure
And o’er from America more of them flew
And Paddy O’Brien, he was one of the few;
He’d played, the accordion you’d swear there were two
He got so many notes in together.
Now Ciaran MacMahon was busy bedad
Recording them all both the good and the bad;
But for him our music was gone to the bad
So ‘ts welcome Ciaran MacMathuna.
‘Tis all over now but twas something to see
So thanks to Sean Reid and the great committee;
So I wish you good health now and good luck from me
Until we all meet in Dungarvan.
    -- Sciddery-idle dom-diddery dom-diddery die dee.

The Fleadh Cheoil Down in Ennis

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Ennis

13-21 August 2017

Fleadh Cheoil @ FROG

Artist Video www.fleadh

In 2017, the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann had been welcomed in County Clare's ancient capital for the second time in two years. Way back in 1956, the late Robbie McMahon wrote a song about the Fleadh Down in Ennis...

Seán Laffey posted some Fleadh impressions.

Busking @ Ennis Fleadh 2017

Busking @ Ennis Fleadh 2017

Busking @ Ennis Fleadh 2017

Colm Murphy

Liam O'Neill

Busking @ Ennis Fleadh 2017

Drogheda in the Boyne Valley of Co. Louth is host town to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018, 12-19th August. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the most important event in the traditional music calendar. For many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion. For others it is a unique and welcoming festival of the best of traditional arts that offers a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all.

Photo Credits: (1) Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 Logo, (2) Sharon Shannon (by Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017); (3) 'Fleadh Down in Ennis' (unknown/website); (4)-(8) Fleadh Impressions 2017 (by Seán Laffey).

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