Góilín Singers Club

The Góilín Singers Club is a Dublin club for anyone interested in live traditional singing in English and Irish, whether they be singers or listeners. Very occasionally an instrument appears and a current popular song is heard, but the Góilín is essentially a home to unaccompanied traditional singing in all its variety.

Songs are provided on a standard night there by the regular attenders, but invited guests are also a feature of its programmes. Most come from the four corners of Ireland, and the Góilín has links with other singing clubs throughout the island. More occasional guests come from Scotland and England, from North America and from Celtic Europe. Its annual season runs from September to late June or July, and its social gatherings begin about 9.30 pm on Friday nights, currently in the Teachers Club on Parnell Square in north central Dublin 1. All are welcome.

The Góilín was founded in Dublin some 35 years ago, in 1979, by singers then living in Dublin (only some of them Dubliners) and it has continued strongly since in a variety of inner-city venues, north and south of the Liffey, most of them public houses: the Pembroke Inn on Pembroke St, Thomas House on Thomas St, the Four Seasons on Capel St, Corbett’s on Werburgh St, Mulligan’s Cobblestone on Smithfield Square, the Ferryman on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, the Trinity Inn on Pearse St, Bowe’s on Fleet St, and Maye’s on Dorset St. Many of the singers who attend the Góilín have CDs to their names, and the Club itself has produced two anthologies: the cassette Keep in Touch (1987) and the CD Where Linnets Sing (2001).

Further information:

An Giln Song Project from the Irish Traditional Music Archive, generously funded by the Arts Council of Ireland through its DEIS scheme