Trad, rap and folk brought together for ‘Songs of the Pavee’

Thomas McCarthy brings traditional traveller folk songs.

BELLTABLE will host Songs of the Pavee on Friday November 4 featuring some of the finest music artists from the folk tradition when Thomas McCarthy, Trish Reilly, WILLZEE and young Rosie McCarthy take to the stage. 

Fans of contemporary folk and rap can look forward to a night of song that bridges styles from the very traditional Traveller heritage from Thomas McCarthy to the cutting edge contemporary work of Limerick’s own WILLZEE.  

Featuring alongside Thomas and WILLZEE is Trish Reilly whose influences include Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan through her own compositions which carry a distinctive 70s tone.  

Trish comes from a long line of singers with many of her extended family being recorded in the 60s, 70s and 80s by Tom Munnelly.  Probably her best known cousin was John Reilly whose work came to public attention through Christy Moore and Planxty’s recordings of ‘The Well Below the Valley -O’, ‘Lord Baker’, ‘Newry Mountain’ and many more.

A very special guest appearance will be made on the night by young Rosie McCarthy from Macroom in Co. Cork whose star is most certainly on the ascendant with highly acclaimed performances in the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork and at the Misleor festival in Galway where she also appeared in the film ‘Wheel of Dreams’. 

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Rosie’s style is acapella and includes some Irish language songs as well as old time favourites, ‘Tinker’s Lullaby’ and ’21 Years’.

According to Thomas McCarthy “Merging the distinctive talents of  WILLZEE, Trish Reilly and the very young Rosie McCarthy with my own, gives audiences a wide range of styles  to enjoy from WILLZEE’s recent compositions, to Trisha’s and Rosie’s folk style evoking the mid-20th century to the songs I sing myself, handed down to me from generations.”

‘Songs of the Pavee’ at Belltable on Friday November 4 is supported by Creative Ireland’s Traveller Wellbeing Through Creativity.  Tickets from 061 953400.