Jimmy Crowley Sat 18th Nov
“An unCorked bottle of delight overflowing with good spirits, effervescent vocals and brimfull of good bouzouki and guitar playing.”
Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since the enthusiastic reception of his debut album The Boys of Fairhill in 1977. A true Corkman he has championed the songs of his own native county along with his band Stokers Lodge their mission was to present the street ballads of Cork city complimented by the ornate folk songs of the rural hinterland of Cork and Kerry in an exciting orchestration in their native accent.
This true Irish Folk Legend will perform from his vast repertoire in his own unique way in the beautiful intimate setting of First Fruits Arts Centre Watergrasshill on Saturday 18th November. Jimmy whose many hits include “The Coast of Malibar”, “The Boys of Fairhill, “Salonika”, “The Bandon Car”, “I know my Love”, “The Holy Ground” and also his beautiful song about the sailing ship Asgard, “My Love is a Tall Ship” which was adopted as an anthem for sailors everywhere and was used in the RTE documentary film on the Tall Ships Race. Constantly writing and recording Jimmy creativity knows no bounds and just this year released the beautiful song “Feel Like a King”.
Jimmy has written a wonderful book which is not only an autobiography but an ethnography titled “Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads”. It proclaims the true history of the people of Cork City through their only resource of expression: the humble ballad. It is also the story of Jimmy Crowley’s own long-standing romance with Cork ballads.
You can celebrate Jimmy’s unique humour, wit, storytelling and singing at First Fruits Arts Centre Watergrasshill on Saturday 18th November. Tickets €20 (plus booking fee) from Watergrasshill Post Office, 086 0802631, or www.firstfruitsartscentre.ie. Show 8.15pm
World-renowned Cork balladeer, song collector and songwriter, Jimmy Crowley, “You could cut crubeens with his accent: he is as important to his own city as The Bells of Shandon; he is a singer whose musical enthusiasms embrace everything from Irving Berlin to The Boys of Fairhill.”
—John Boland, Evening Press. (1982)