Benefit Night for musician Austin Dawe
Irish Centre, 140, Hartfield Road, Wimbledon SW19 3TG
Friday 10th December 2010 7.30 pm Tickets £10.00
The Kilkenny Cats – Dealga Trad – Paul Brennan - Brendan McHugh – Le Cheile.
All Ireland fiddler Austin Dawe played his music in London for over 10 years before returning home with his young family to his native Dundalk. During his time in London he established the legendary session in Brixton’s Telegraph Hotel, with Marcas Hernon, Seanie McDonagh and friends. Also with his band, Delga Trad played for hundreds of ceili’s. During this time he became a much loved and admired member of South London’s Irish community.
A serious accident just before Christmas 2009, has meant a year of hospitalization and recovery, he has 3 major procedures to come in the future, and it will be some years before he will be able to earn a living. So many of his friends and brother musicians are putting on this benefit night to help with his recovery.
Musicians from all over UK and Ireland are travelling from Ireland to offer their help. It is also hoped that Austin will be allowed to attend and meet up with his old friends.
The evening will with commence several of Austin’s friends from The Kilkenny Tavern, South Wimbledon, which was Austin’s regular session when visiting from Ireland.
Followed by a visitor from Glasgow, fiddler Brendan McHugh who is a great pal of Austin and a master fiddler. Brendan will be joined by Offaly accordionist John Bowe.
Dealga Trad comprise of Seanie McDonagh, Liam Farrell and Bobby Ramsey and were the group that Austin played with for several years. Much loved by London’s ceili dancing community. Paul Brennan will sing and play his uilleann pipes. Topping the bill will be south London’s favourite band, Le Cheile and they have invited fiddle maestro and composer Brendan McGlinchey and several well known musicians visiting from Ireland. All of which suggests this will be a great night’s entertainment.
One of the highlights will be a gala raffle for which many friends have donated prizes, including a specially created piece of art by internationally renowned cartoonist
(The Guardian, Radio Times etc) and Irish traditional musician, Michael Sheehy.
So a great night is guaranteed, with plenty of talent on show it is hoped that this night will sell out swiftly, so book up early and help this man and his young family to overcome their problems.
Tickets available from Copperplate at 0207 5850357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Maguire:on 07986177747 or The Irish Centre 0208 543 0608
Nearest Train Station: Wimbledon BR
Nearest Tube Stations: Wimbledon (District Line) & South Wimbledon (Northern Line)
Bus #: 156 – 93 – 57 – 131 – 219 – 493
24 hour Car Parking at top of Hartfield Road