An evening of Irish Music

Saturday October 14th

At least twenty members of the Gan Teideal Irish Folk Band squeezed on to the stage at Stonnall Village Hall to give us a wonderful taste of the ‘Emerald Isle’.  The Irish phrase “Gan Teideal” translates to English as “Unnamed” or “Untitled” and this is the title of one of their favourite pieces of music.

The band entertained us with jigs, reels, ballads and traditional Irish songs, some new to us, and some well-known favourites.  The instruments included accordions, violins, guitars, a double bass and recorders as well as the traditional Irish bodhrán.  The talented musicians, some very young, produced a very professional sound and soon had us clapping our hands and tapping our feet to ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ and ‘Step It Out Mary’.  The programme was well balanced with sad, beautiful ballads such as ‘The Fields Of Athenry’.  The audience were given word sheets so that we could join in the chorus of the more popular numbers.  We all know ‘The Wild Rover’.

For a band whose title means ‘unnamed’, Gan Teideal certainly made a name for themselves. 

In the interval we all enjoyed a fish and chip supper.  Many thanks to Liz and the hard-working members of the social committee for a memorable evening.

Sunday 25th February 2018

Our Annual Lunch is to be held at the Moat House, Acton Trussell and will be open to all members to attend.

Moat House, Acton Trussell

Tuesday 27th February 2018

We have a provisional booking for Tutbury Castle with a 2 course lunch and talk “Sex and the Tudors ” by Lesley Smith at a cost of £22.50.

Tutbury Castle

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The raffle and refreshments continue to provide funds for the association and donations of prizes are always welcome. Many thanks to the committee for all their hard work.

Elizabeth Yates 

Social Committee Chair