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. 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 of uilleann pipes, concertina, autoharp, harmonium, mandolin, bouzouki and guitar in their native accent.
Jimmy will be joined by guitarist Hugh Dillon for this intimate performance to include new work.
“The test of any singer is whether or not you listen to him – I have Jimmy Crowley’s ‘Jimi Mo Mhile Stor’ in the car at all times.” – Liam Clancy “Jimmy and I have been on the one road for many’s the long mile and my journey is always shortened when I meet him.” – Christy Moore “Since I have known Jimmy Crowley, which is quite a while, the qualities which I have admired most in him are his consistency, his integrity, and his ability to adapt and be receptive to all kinds of music, his uniqueness. And for me, he embodies the spirit and voice of Cork and he’s a great singer.” – Ronnie Drew “Jimmy Crowley is a musical icon in Irish tradition. He sings out from his own ground to a world of listeners. And the lift and lilt of his voice is the listener’s joy.” – Micheál Ó Súlleabháin, Irish World Centre, University of Limerick “He remains a unique interpreter of songs both traditional and contemporary with a special gift for communicating with his audience.” – Mary Black “For me, he embodies all that is good and true about the music in which we are involved.” – Martin Carthy