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A warm welcome from Diaspora - Dia daoibh a chairde!

Picture of the bandWe have been described as a long established “feel good” Irish Band, which celebrates the music and traditions of the historic Irish Diaspora and entertains with an eclectic mix of Folk and other influences - listen to our music, read about us, judge for yourselves!

News

We'll be practising some new material (some of it the product of our very own talented composers - whoever they are) over the next couple of weeks ahead of Diaspora's Open Mic evening at Eli's on 26th October.

We had a great time at the Taunton Together Festival playing alongside Polish and other performers. Hope to provide a fuller report. 

In the meantime here's the news about Diaspora's  last Eli's session.

We got set up after Chris had to supply a brand new mic and new mic lead that made the PA work (when Robert tried his kit it sounded like a railway station announcement by someone doing a  Ronnie Drew impersonation). 

 

And  quite a few people turned up. Ann and Ken  and  their Yorkshire chums were in good voice; and quite a few of the usual suspects amongst the performers and  audience. 

 

One of our guests called Ben  sang and played well - his highlight was possibly the Masochism Tango (a Tom Lehrer classic), and a  harpist who played really well a number of O'Carolan’s best tunes. 

Diaspora  managed to sing most of the set list that Chris had prepared although we were missing  Kevin and Danny’s input.

 John as ever sang very well and (once I had got the iPad Set List app working) he also got the verses and words in the right order. 

 Chris did his take on The Steve Miller Band classic The Joker (The Slimmer) which I hadn’t heard before - a big hit with the audience; and Firehouse Blues about the Curry Rivel eatery formerly known as The Forge. Robert sang a bluegrass number Wagon Wheel having practised it in his ukulele group session in the morning (yes he plays the uke too) and managed not to make any obvious mistakes.


All in all, a fine evening much enjoyed by audience and performers alike.


As promised here’s a report on our latest performance

Beccy the organiser of Taunton Together which featured ‘Somerset’s Favourite Irish Band ‘
says:

I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved with Taunton Together this Saturday. I genuinely appreciate all your support, help with funding and participation on the day. I had some really positive feedback on the day with several people finding me before they left to voice their opinions about the 'wonderful' and 'brilliant' community event. Well done!


Here are a few facts about the day(spot the hand of Diaspora’s Editors) :


Hazel, the Mayor of Taunton Deane, opened the event and showed support. This was a great spontaneous addition!
At least 13 nationalities including of course Ireland participated or attended.
There were about 120 people at the event
7 Live performances (headlined by Diaspora natch) throughout the event with different activities and food too
ITV West Country showed us on their Breakfast Bulletin this morning. It was nice they showed support.