Jimmy Crowley, Eve Telford & Friends: A Night of Song and Story

Jimmy Crowley, Eve Telford & Friends: A Night of Song and Story

Saturday, 6 May 2023, 8.00pm

Jimmy and his partner Eve Telford will sing a varied selection from their wide-ranging collection of songs and will be joined by some of their musical friends as well as well-known storyteller Maria Gillen who will share many varied stories from her collection.

Jimmy Crowley, Eve Telford and Maria Gillen have kindly agreed to do this Fundraising Concert for Grow, the Mental Health Charity.

About the Performers

Jimmy Crowley was born in Douglas, County Cork. His father was a tenor singer with a love of opera. He formed Stoker's Lodge in 1970, the other members being Mick Murphy, Christy Twomey and Johnny "Fang" Murphy. Eoin Ó Riabhaigh joined some time later. The band was named after the gate lodge of the Stoker estate in Frankfield, Cork, near Crowley's boyhood home. The band members drifted apart in the early-80s but reformed in 2014 for one time to mark the passing of Christy Twomey the previous year. After the demise of Stoker's Lodge, he formed The Electric Band in 1982. They released a reggae version of "The Boys of Fairhill" in that year which went straight into the pop charts. Jimmy has pursued a solo career since the 1990s touring extensively in Ireland and abroad. In 2014 Jimmy published a large volume Songs From The Beautiful City: Cork Urban Ballads with musical notation and lyrics and with related anecdotes on the facing page. In recent years Jimmy has performed with Eve Telford and they are currently on a nationwide of Ireland.

Eve Telford is a traditional singer and a folk songwriter. Her traditional ballads are rooted in the singing styles of the old folk (farmers, nursemaids, spinners) who once sang them. She sings traditional Irish, Welsh, Scottish and English songs, with a strong focus on Irish. She can sing in the Irish and Welsh languages. Her song writing takes inspiration from the great web of folklore, the natural world and politics.

Maria Gillen is the current Irish Storyteller in Residence for the Kerry Writers Museum. She is a well-known popular storyteller on the storytelling circuit in Ireland and on the Cyberspace Platform. She is a well-known Bean An Tí (Irish Session Host) on the Irish Storytelling Circuit. She is an award-winning Irish Storyteller.

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