REEL IT IN was, without any exaggeration, ‘epic

October 2, 2012

“Friday night’s performance by Trad sensation REEL IT IN at the Cross Square Hotel in Crossmaglen was, without any exaggeration, ‘epic’. It will definitely live long in the memory of the masses who gathered there and shows just how popular traditional Irish music and culture really is in this part of the world. Those who attended were given two hours of the very finest that traditional Irish music has to offer and the ‘craic’ lasted long into the early hours when the four lads joined the weekly session in the hotel bar.

As the Folk Club arm of T.E.A.C.H. An Bonnán Buí (Traditional Events in Art Culture and History) continues to grow and grow, the Comhaltas branch affiliated to the organisation continues to do the same. New chairman Daniel Doyle commented, “We are delighted with how our numbers have increased to more than double what they were last year. We now have some one hundred and thirty odd students who are receiving tuition in just about all instruments associated with Irish music. The parents are happy because their children are getting the best tuition from some of the best tutors in the country. The children are happy because they have fun and really enjoy themselves from the moment they walk through our doors and the tutors are happy because they feel like they belong to something that’s moving forward and continuing to grow. In a situation like this, where everyone is happy, success is never far away!”

In the coming weeks ahead T.E.A.C.H. An Bonnán Buí will commence their set dancing group which has already received much interest from local residents in Crossmaglen and, some as far away as Blackrock in Dundalk. Event co-ordinator Tracey Conway is eager to stress the benefits of these classes. “The Set-Dancing classes are a great distraction from the toil and stresses of modern living. The classes are a great excuse to go out with some friend and enjoy traditional Irish music and have a ‘craic’ while learning a step or two. I suppose one of the biggest benefits is that it’s a great way to keep fit.”

Another focus that T.E.A.C.H. An Bonnán Buí is keen to develop is the Arts & Crafts classes for children which will commence on Saturday 20th October. Professional artist Susan Farrelly (Reaghstown) will be offering arts and crafts based on areas and stories of local historical significance and they really do promise to be a fun day for children of all ages.

For information on any of the events listed here, log on to contact Pearse Mc Mahon on 0035387-6779108 or log on to facebook and find Folk Club An Bonnán Buí and ask for more details. “