LONDON CALLING - Roger Sherlock
Sligo Live Festival
Sligo Live is immensely proud to host a native son who became one of the most influential people in traditional music. Flute player, Roger Sherlock was born in 1932 near Gurteen on the Sligo/Mayo border. He emigrated to London in 1953 and became one of the leading figures in London Irish music. Few musicians speak about their London experiences without warmly reminiscing about Roger Sherlock and his generosity in helping and encouraging other musicians. This concert features London-born musicians, including John and James Carty, Mick O’Connor, Tommy, Jacqueline, Bernadette and Marion McCarthy, who grew up in the world created by Roger and his contemporaries London in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s was a vital venue for Irish-music-in-exile, playing host to musicians such as Michael Gorman, Margaret Barry, Bobby Casey, Jimmy Power, Willie Clancy, Lucy Farr, Julia Clifford, Paddy Taylor, Raymond Roland, Vincent Griffin, Sean McGuire, Liam Farrell, and Brendan McGlinchey . Roger Sherlock recorded with Kit O’Connor, Sean McGuire and Josephine Keegan and ‘Memories Of Sligo’ with Mary Conroy. He was featured on the TV documentary and CD. ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, playing with Bobby Casey and John Bowe. Roger was also the subject of a Se Mo Laoch documentary for TG4. He returned to Ireland in 1996 to live in Bettystown, Co. Meath. In 2009 he received the prestigious TG4 Hall of Fame Award.
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