Christmas & New Year Session 2012

27 December 2012
Portglenone Comhaltas Branch held yet another very successful Christmas and New Year Session in The Wild Duck Inn on Thursday 27th December. A large crowd was packed into the new room (a quaint venue let it be told) from early on as the young musicians kicked off the Junior session. The young musicians of Portglenone CCE where joined by other junior musicians from Dunloy, Creggan, Randalstown, Kilrea, The Loup, and other areas far and wide. The most memorable thing was the number of young children who took part in the session and the level of the young talent which is out there.

After the supper, the visiting musicians along with the local branch members and other local visitors began playing into the small hours with a large reportoire of tunes. Of course there were a few traditional and modern songs sung throughout the night by various artists, which added to the occasion.

As usual we would like to thank Ciaran Bradley and The Wild Duck Inn staff for the use of their premises for the session. Special thanks to our branch Chairman, Eamonn Graham, for being compere for the evening and encouraging all the musicians and singers to do the occasional solo piece. Most of all, we would like to thank all those who supported the session and participated in an evening of fine musicianship, especially those who travelled long distances.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the tutors and pupils for a successful first term of the 2012/20013 year at our classes on Monday nights. Special mention goes to the Principal of St. Mary's Primary School, Mrs B. Milner, for the use of the classrooms for these classes. Finally, a big thank you goes to the school caretaker, Brendan, who looks after the classrooms and opens and locks up every Monday night.

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