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.


Tuesday, 16 June 2009


The Pavilion Theatre was jammed with teenage (+40) music and arts fans for the 40th Anniversary concert of the Folk Club on Sunday night. There wasn't an empty seat in the house but there were, sadly, many disappointed punters who could not get in.
The show was packed full of goodies with all the artists putting in great performances and the event itself was a fantastic gatherings of old friends. Some of the highlights were the premiere of two new compositions - 'Eggpencil Blues' by Ed Deane and 'Carpark Blues' by Louis Stewart, a great explanation by Chas Meredith about why he decided to take his stage name from Foxrock, rather than Cornelscourt, village and a virtuouso display of piano-playing by Myles Drennan as played three different styles of jazz with three different groups in the space of an hour.
Also it was great to see that poetry still sits well, and is very well received, amongst all kinds of music.

So many thanks to all the performers and artists, the Pavilion Theatre for their making it all happen, all those involved in the production of the show and particularly, the audience for being 'into it' from the very beginning.

Unfortunately, because of various backstage duties, I had to dip in and out of the performances so I would love to hear people's reviews of the concert and to know what were the highlights for you.
So let's make this Post the place for reviews.

1 comment:

  1. Great work, Jer. Highlights for me were Ed Deane's slide guitar, Al O'Donnell (still the warmest-hearted person on the planet), Mel's stagecraft, Myles Drennan's golden touch on the Steinway, Ray Field's walk-on part, Chas Meredith's research in the Land Registry on the Foxrock/Cornelscourt boundaries in 1857, Dot Smith's outfit, Carol's reading of her own review of the first night, Una's masterly direction of front-of-house activities, dignitaries in the audience such as Brigin and Polly Cassidy and Mary Drennan, past performers in the audience such as Paul Kennan, Peter Fallon's well-crafted and kind words, Kev McCann from Hawaii (the longest distance visitor), the pints afterwards across the road.