One of the best-known traditional singers in the country, Len Graham, is the special guest of the Derry Traditional Singing Club upstairs in Tinney’s Bar on Thursday night at 9pm.
Len, who’s originally from Glenarm in County Antrim, has sung around the world and his songs have been performed or recorded by everyone from the Chieftains to The Boys of the Lough.
Len’s father was a fine singer and Len began singing publicly as a young man while working in a textile factory in Coleraine. After he won the All Ireland in 1971 his reputation began to spread – and at the same time his own passion for the songs of Ulster was growing. Len now lives in Mullaghbawn, County Armagh, and he commands large audiences all over Ireland and abroad.
His visit follows the success of the singing club’s last guest session of 2011, one of the best supported so far, when there was music from Tom Byrne, Martin McGinley and Michael Gallanagh, and impromptu dances from traditional step dancers Mary Maguire, Margaret Gallagher and Aine McCloskey. That’s as well as a big variety of singing, from contemporary to come-all-ye’s to humourous ditties.
Another big crowd is expected on Thursday night so the advice is to come early as seating will be at a premium.