Jimmy Crowley winters these days in sunnier climes but the daffodils of spring on the boreen towards Crocanoir bloom a Tipperary welcome to the wandering minstrel.
On Saturday next, February 25, the Cork born troubadour makes a welcome return to the foot of Sliabh Na Mban to herald in a new season of Music under the mountain.
‘Jimmy is a musical icon in Irish tradition. He sings out from his own ground to a world of listeners. And the gift of his voice is the listeners joy.’ Micheal O Suilleabhan
Neil Toner in a recent Roots Freeway programme on RTE Radio 1 described Crocanoir as a musical treasure- a place where the performer and audience blend seamlessly into one.
Together they voyage on a journey through songs and stories sharing nights of friendship and laughter as the notes echo through the valley.
Jimmy Crowley has a rich repertoire spanning many musical genres- a mixture of old ballads blend with original songs and tunes.
He takes a whimsical look at modern life while casting an eye back to trawl for long forgotten songs.
His most recent album- Irish Eyes is a sensitive Jazzy tribute to sentimental Irish and Irish American songs -’The songs our fathers loved
Music under the mountain harks back to olden times when people visited each others homes to swap songs and stories
A unique feature of the Crocanoir experience is the invitation extended to everyone to stay on after the concert to meet the performer, to chat with fellow music lovers to enjoy teas /coffee, cakes.
The opportunity to swap stories and songs around the fire forms a seamless bond of music laughter and friendship
The sessions continue long into the night until the last note fades through the valley.
That note only needs a tiny prompt to begin its journey again.
The sold out signs have been going up earlier in recent times in this unique musical oasis.
A few tickets still available from 086-8907329
Concert starts at 8 pm sharp
For more information on all events at Crocanoir see www.crocanoir.com