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.


Thursday, 21 May 2009


Here's the great line-up for the Foxrock Folk Club anniversary session. It looks like it's going to be a fantastic combination of Woodstock (but no rain), Isle of Wight 1970 (but no Tiny Tim or riots), Glastonbury (but no mud) and Lisdoonvarna (with plenty of choc ices).
It will be like a year's folk club sessions rolled into one night with musicians and artists not only recalling their legendary groups of 40 years ago but also illustrating examples of their work from more recent times. All the artists featured are still playing regularly, many of them around Dublin.
Even though I am now an exile in Newcastle, in the last few years I have heard Louis Stewart, Myles Drennan, Rock Fox, Leo O'Kelly, Ed Deane and Alison O'Donnell play at venues in Dublin city and environs. For many of the artists examples of their music, and often live performances, can be seen and heard on MySpace, YouTube and their own web sites.

As always the Folk Club (despite its name) will present a wide diversity of music and performance.

Louis Stewart, Myles Drennan, Rock Fox (Butler Fox Jazz Band), Melanie O'Reilly

Traditional & Folk (in all its guises)
Tir na nOg (Leo O'Kelly & Sonny Condell), Al O'Donnell, Alison O'Donnell (Mellow Candle)

Ed Deane & Dermot Stokes (Blueshouse), Johnny Norris & Jerry Doyle (Dirty Dozens)

Peter Fallon (Tara Telephone)

There will of course be the usual minerals for sale - club orange, club lemon and cidona.

Don't miss it - Tickets selling fast!

Monday, 11 May 2009

Publicity Poster with Concert Line-Up

This is the publicity poster for the 40th Anniversary Concert that is now being distributed. Feel free to print off copies to display in suitable locations.
(If anyone knows why it appears as two shades of blue on the blog, rather than the original orange and yellow, please explain.....)

Friday, 8 May 2009

More Additions to the Artists Playing on the 14th June

Rock Fox has been playing, arranging and composing jazz since the 1960s and for many years he was joint leader of one of the finest traditional jazz bands in Ireland, The Butler Fox Jazz Band.
The bands' sessions at the club were always very well received by audience and were appreciated as much for Rock's laconic and informative introductions to the tunes, as well as the very fine music played by the band.

Jerry Doyle, like Johnny Norris a guitarist with the blues band Dirty Dozens, will be playing with Johnny at the concert.