The Night Before Larry Got Stretched returns for the first session of 2020 with special guest Annie Power.
Doors 8.30pm. Songs from the floor welcome. Sandwiches. Free entry.
Annie Power is a traditional singer, born in London of Irish parents. Her father was from Tipperary, and her mother from Buttevant, Cork. Her maternal grandmother came from Eyeries, West Cork, and she has always felt a strong connection to this region and her mother’s people. Annie was a regular singer in sessions around London including the Elgin in Ladbroke Grove, the Sugawn, and the Favourite pub in Holloway on a Sunday morning, with Jimmy Power calling her up to sing each week with the fond refrain “she’s no relative of mine!” Jimmy and wife Kathleen encouraged her to enter the local Fleadh Cheoil, which she did, going on to win the All-England Fleadh Cheoil in Liverpool.
Annie sang with the Irish group Shegui for three years in Irish pubs and venues around North London and beyond, and in 1983 performed two songs written by Sandra Kerr for a Channel 4 film series People to People, ‘The Irish In Britain’, about the women and men who came to England in the 50’s and 60’s.
Annie travels to Ireland regularly for music events and was a guest singer at the Inishowen Folk Song was Ballad Seminar in 2018 and the South Roscommon Singers’ Festival in 2019.