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Tribute to Brendan McGlinchey Concert - Saturday 22 January 2022 - London Irish Centre


Gay McKeon (Na Piobairí Uilleann) and Mary Corcoran

The Smyth Family (Armagh Pipers Club)

Paul Brennan, Kevin Boyle, Ben Gunnery

The London Lasses and Pete Quinn

Karen Ryan and Camden Town Music Class

Saturday 22nd January 2022

Doors open 7.30pm

In the spacious surrounds of the McNamara Hall, London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB

Tickets: £15/ £5 U18s 

The wonderful Armagh fiddler, Brendan McGlinchey had a lot of friends and musical admirers in London town, and indeed internationally.

Born in 1940 in Armagh, Brendan began learning fiddle at the age of 12 from local teacher John Conway, followed by Archie Collins in
Portadown. At 15, Brendan won a competition at the Dungannon Feis and was subsequently asked by ceili band leader Malachy Sweeney to
join his band, which he toured with for two years. In 1956 broadcaster Ciarán MacMathúna recorded Brendan solo at the Ennis Fleadh for RTÉ .

Brendan McGlinchey moved to London for work when he was eighteen, returning to Ireland periodically, but eventually settling in England,
working as a psychiatric nurse, and playing with musicians such as Roger Sherlock, Bobby Casey, Máirtín Byrne, Finbar Dwyer and Joe Burke.
In 1964 in Ireland, he won the ‘Champion of Champions’ Fleadh competition in Clones and in 1974 he released the album Music of a
Champion accompanied by Mary Mulholland on piano. He took a break from playing in the late 70s but returned to the scene in the early 1990s
and taught annually at the Willie Clancy Summer School for almost twenty years. He also taught at Scoil Éigse as part of Fleadh Cheoil na
hÉireann and at the Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshanbo.

Brendan composed many tunes, the most well known of which are ‘Splendid Isolation’, ‘Sweeney’s Buttermilk’ and ‘Across the Fence’.

Brendan's return to playing in the 1990s saw him travelling up from his home in Sussex to perform and teach occasionally in West and North
London. It was a suggestion by him to friend and fellow music teacher, Karen Ryan, that 'London needs a Festival' which lead (for Karen's part)
to the founding of London's annual Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance 'Return to Camden Town' (now rebranded as 'Return to
London Town' and in its 23rd year). Brendan performed annually at the Festival in its early years.

This concert is presented by IMDL (Irish Music and Dance in London)

Proceeds from this evening's event will be donated to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (a charity favoured by Brendan)

For more information about Irish music events in London, please see

For more information about the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, please see

Some other upcoming IMDL events:

Friday 18th February - Music Network Tour Concert at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith
Featuring Séamus McGuire (viola, fiddle), Niamh Varian-Barry (viola, fiddle, vocal), Gerry O'Beirne (guitars, vocal)
Tickets available:

Friday 1st April - Sliabh Aughty in Concert at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith
Featuring: Charlie Harris (accordion), Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano)
Tickets available soon..

Saturday 2nd April - Evening Set Dancing Céilí with Sliabh Aughty (venue tba)

Sunday 3rd April - First Sunday of the Month Set Dancing Céilí with Sliabh Aughty, London Irish Centre, Camden

Return to London Town Festival
London's 24th Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance
Friday 28th - Monday 31st October 2022
Clayton Crown Hotel, Cricklewood (and other local venues)

special Festival B&B room rates now available to book at the Hotel for the Festival weekend.
Please use the promo code 'RETURNTL' when booking online at 

Single room bed and breakfast per night £85
Double room bed and breakfast per night £95
Triple room bed and breakfast per night £105
Quad room bed and breakfast per night £115

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