An evening with Percy French in Boyle

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An evening with Percy French in Boyle

Frank Cadam and Tish Dunleavy founded the Leitrim Percy French Society

Almost 100 years after his death, barely a sing-song takes place in this country that doesn’t feature at least a couple of Percy French songs.


Who doesn’t know the famous opening line Oh Mary this London’s a wonderful sight’ from The Mountains of Mourne, the beautiful ballad of Come Back Paddy Reilly or the rousing Phil the Fluter’s Ball.
Percy French was born in Cloonequin, County Roscommon on the May 1, 1854 and died on January 24, 1920. During his lifetime he composed over 200 songs as well as having had a prolific output in visual art.
Tish Dunleavy and Frank Cadam founded the County Leitrim Percy French Society as they realised that, despite his extensive musical repertoire, French was under appreciated and under promoted. The society’s objective, therefore, is to bring the works of this wonderful composer to a wider audience.

The latest show takes place at Tawyntaskin community centre, Boyle on Sunday, March 10 at 8pm.