Regular patrons of Kelleyâ€™s Row on Central Avenue have come to expect rousing, sing-along ballads, bawdy tales and a bit of the brew every other Wednesday night. For five years, the four-piece band called An Banna Ceoil, literally translated meaning The Band, has entertained at the brick restaurant and bar.
On a recent Wednesday evening and only four notes into their first song, An Banna Ceoil incited dozens sitting at several tables surrounding the stage into an infectious thrall of singing, clapping and foot stomping. As the Band sang a ballad, oldsters sitting in front, as well as a table of 20-somethings at the back, threw all modesty aside and sang for all they were worth. Which is exactly what the group always hopes for.
Members of An Banna Ceoil take turns leading songs, from rousing ballads and searing love songs to naughty ditties in the Irish, Scottish and Celtic traditions, from the songbooks of The Rovers, The Clancey Brothers, The Makems and The Wolftones....
Extracted from Fosters Sunday Citizen
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1. Liverpool Lou
2. Mingulay Boat Song
3. My Lady of Autumn
4. The Fields of Athenry
5. Ride On
6. Red is the Rose
7. Ar Eirinn ni Neosfainn Ce Hi
8. Steal Away
9. Farewell to the Life of the Rover
10. Map of Ireland
11. Only Our Rivers Run Free
12. Wild Mountain Thyme
13. Leave Her Johnny
14. Song for Ireland
15. Lift up your Voices
16. The Parting Glass