Castleisland Community Centre resounded to the sound of fiddles, accordions, concertinas, flutes and guitars on Sunday afternoon as the musicians of the Irish Rambling House Show rehearsed for their annual tour of England.
UK Tour Since 2000
“We have been taking our community-based show to England to entertain the exiles since 2000 and there is hardly an Irish Centre over there that we haven’t played,” said tour manager Kay O’Leary from Lyreacrompane.
This year the group will take in the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester on October 24th the Birmingham Irish Centre on October 25th. and the London Irish Centre in Camden on October 26th and 27th .
22 On the Bus
Traveling under the slogan: ‘If Laughter is the best medicine then the Irish Rambling House is the Prescription’ the show features the best in Irish traditional entertainment with storytellers, singers, dancers and musicians.
When O’Shea’s coach pulls out from Tralee for England it will have 22 on board – fifteen from Kerry including seven from the Lyreacrompane area, three from Limerick, three from Cork and a Clare man. The ages range from 14 to 82.
December Show at Siamsa Tire
A Kerry audience will have a chance to enjoy the show when it is put on under the auspices of Radio Kerry at Siamsa Tire on December 4th.
Last year’s Irish Rambling House Show at the same venue sold out early.