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Declan Affley – a "rake and rambling man". A tribute after 25 years. Concert & session.
2.30 for 3pm, Saturday 11th September at the Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills.

By Margaret Walters
Posted Saturday, July 3, 2010

Celebrating Declan Affley – a "rake and rambling man".

Although it is 25 years since the death of Declan Affley, his loss is still keenly felt and his wife Colleen wanted to mark the occasion with a celebration of his legacy.

There will be a concert on Saturday afternoon from 3pm 11th September at the Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. Declan was a member and involved in sessions in the early days of the club, and it’s where his wake was held in July 1985.

with a voice that came from the bottom of the ocean and captured the soul

Declan was an inspirational singer with a voice that came from the bottom of the ocean and captured the soul; with a repertoire that stretched from Ireland and the British Isles to Australia - and from time immemorial to the 80s; with a mastery of instruments - guitar, uilleann pipes, fiddle, whistle; and he was a raconteur of great charm and wit. Declan’s influence was not just among his peers, but his spirit, and the awards set up in his name, have enriched the musical lives of many young musicians – many born since his death.

The concert features members of Declan's family, his oldest friends, and people profoundly influenced by him. Those that can’t be squeezed into the formal concert are most welcome to stay and contribute to the following session. There’ll be folk there from the Top Half, Tasmania, Brisbane, Canberra and regional New South Wales. Come and add your voice and enjoy this celebration of “a rake and a rambling man”.


Performers in planned order of appearance
(approx 15 mins each)

Margaret Walters
Bob Campbell
Seamus Gill
Jeannie Lewis
Paddy Affley
Kate Delaney
Mike Flanagan

15 min. Interval

2nd half starts about 5.25pm
Cornerbrook (Bridie Burke, Cory Clarke and Ben Stephenson)
Colleen Burke
John Dengate
Brian Mooney
Margaret and Bob Fagan

7.00pm Groups songs – all performers on stage

Colleen - a couple of words

The Parting Glass - led by Brian Mooney
The Banks are Made of Marble - led by Mark Gregory
The Summer Time is Coming - led by Mike Flanagan

The first half will be compered by Dale Dengate, the second by Seamus Gill.

The formal concert is expected to finish by 7.30pm
& will be followed by a
Come-all-ye session

We encourage people to arrive from 2.30 for a 3pm start. There’ll be soup and bread rolls for $5, and tea and coffee for a gold coin. Feel free to bring your own nibbles and we’d really appreciate it if you could bring a plate of biscuits or cake to share during the afternoon.

We are grateful to the Gaelic Club for making the premises available and to Peter Miller-Robinson for doing the sound.

Admission $15/$10.
Kids 16 and under free.
No bookings, but we recommend you come early.

Enquiries: Colleen Burke 02 9557 3248 or Margaret Walters 02 9698 2206 or 0427 958 788.