In Good Company (formerly ‘Fair Plé Ladies of London’) This 30-strong group of the finest traditional Irish musicians and singers based in London, first came together as the ‘Fair Plé Ladies of London’ to perform at the prestigious Cadogan Hall in June 2018. The Fair Plé movement was started in Ireland last year by internationally renowned singer/songwriter Karan Casey to raise awareness about and promote gender equality in traditional and folk music (www.fairple.com). The Group went on to perform at the 20 th Return to Camden Town Festival and most recently at an International Women’s Day double bill concert with The Mulcahy Family at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith.
The group, who have recently been renamed ‘In Good Company’ was founded by Dublin accordion player, Paula Hanley and London fiddler, Karen Ryan. Each group performance features a representation from the 80 female musicians and singers who are committed to the project, and accompaniment by former London Lasses pianist, Pete Quinn. This evening the group will play a number of selections from the repertoire of The London Lasses, followed by a selection of new sets arranged specifically for the International Women’s Day earlier this year, featuring traditional Irish dance tunes composed by prominent female musicians/composers within the genre. This evening ‘In Good Company’ will also present traditional Irish (sean nós) songs, airs and Irish ballads.
Click / tap here to see a video of the International Women’s Day Concert performance.