Cornelscourt Parish Hall

Cornelscourt Parish Hall
The Location of Foxrock Folk Club


As Luke Kelly remarked when he played the club in December 1972, a folk club in the suburb of Foxrock was a somewhat unlikely combination. Probably even more unlikely was the fact it was organised and run by teenagers and managed to attract to Foxrock some of the biggest names on the Irish music scene (see Folk Club History & "Local and Visiting Artists").

The aim of the Foxrock Folk Club Project is to (1) research the history of the club (2) develop a club archive and (3) create a space in which people who played at the club or attended some of the sessions can share their memories of what was an unique musical and cultural experience.


Wednesday, 30 December 2015


That was Niall Toner's comment at the end of Luke Kelly's Foxrock Folk Club recording of 'The Unquiet Grave' which he played on his RTE show, Roots Freeway, last Saturday night (Stephen's Day). He said that he had actually been there that night in December 1972 to hear Luke's performance and a very special night it was too.
Niall was full of praise for the album and the range and diversity of the recordings on it. To illustrate this he also played Johnny Norris's virtuoso guitar performance on his Ragtime Medley - three, or is it four? -, ragtime pieces run together. As Niall said, this recording could be an early field recording from the 30s or 40s, so authentic is the playing.
The third track he played was 'Blues in the Bottle' with Red Peters and Brian Fry and he rightly introduced Red Peters as 'one of the greatest Blues singers ever produced in this country'.

It was great to hear these tracks from the album on Niall's programme as Roots Freeway is a wonderful show with terrific music of all kinds. In a way 'roots' music is a very good description of the different types of music on the album as all the tracks are 'rooted' in the early traditions of folk, trad, blues and jazz (listen to the Butler Fox band and 'Swingin' the Blues' to hear what a South Dublin 'speakeasy' sounded like).

For those who weren't lucky enough to be at the club (and even those who were) put on the CD, close your eyes and listen to the music of the time 'as live as it gets'.

This edition of Roots Freeway can be heard again on the RTE Radio web site at!rii=9:10507887:3104:26-12-2015:

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