Gemma Hayes, Hothouse Flowers, The Men They Couldn't Hang, on music line up for London's St Patrick's Day celebrations

In Trafalgar Square – Hothouse Flowers, Altan, Gemma Hayes, The Chalets, Tara Blaise and very special guest Brian Kennedy – plus Tourism Ireland Village.

In Covent Garden – Bap Kennedy, Declan O'Rourke, Claire Sproule, The Men They Couldn't Hang and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann – plus Irish Speciality Food Market

In Leicester Square – Outdoor Ceili, music workshops, Celtic kids zone and crafts exhibition

Fans of award-winning singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes, will be able to catch her perform a live set in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 12 March, as part of London's celebrations to mark St Patrick's Day. Gemma Hayes. The free event, which is backed by the Mayor of London, will also feature Hothouse Flowers, acclaimed traditional band Altan and rising stars the Chalets, as well as Brian Kennedy – who is representing Ireland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The Men They Couldn't Hang will perform an acoustic set in Covent Garden, alongside Bap Kennedy, and Claire Sproule – which is also hosting a two-day celebration of traditional Irish food, being organised by Bord Bia, the Irish food commission.

In Leicester Square, people will be able to take part in an outdoor Ceili Mor. The best of ceili music and a caller will lead participants in a lively afternoon of traditional Irish dancing. There will be workshops on how to play the traditional drum, the Bodhran, as well as other Irish instruments. Other workshops will include the fiddle with Elaine Walsh from London; the concertina with Colette Keaveney; whistle and flute with Nuala Hayes from Galway; and Uilleann pipes, plus the fiddle with Sinead Hayes also from Galway.

PROGRAMME – details subject to change

Event: St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival - FREE FAMILY EVENT

Date: Sunday 12 March 2006

Time: 12pm – 3pm (approx) Parade from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square

12pm – 6pm Festival ends at 6pm

Location: Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

TRAFALGAR SQUARE STAGE

11:45am Tara Blaise

12:40pm The Chalets

1:30pm SPEECHES

1:50pm Gemma Hayes

2:40pm Brian Kennedy

3:40pm Hothouse Flowers

5:05pm Altan

5:45pm FINALE with performers and guests

6pm FESTIVAL CLOSES

COVENT GARDEN STAGE

12pm The London Irish Pensioners Choir

12:35pm Marian Gill School of Irish Traditional Music

1:15pm Claire Sproule

1:55pm Declan O'Rourke

2:25pm Bap Kennedy

3:15pm The Men They Couldn't Hang (acoustic set)

4pm BREAK

5pm Sharon Keane School of Irish Traditional Music

5:30pm St Albans Comhaltas Irish Traditional Musicians

6pm FESTIVAL CLOSES


Site - http://www.london.gov.uk/stpatricksday/index.jsp



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