FOR the Wren Boys of Sráid Eoin a great occasion was marked recently with the release of their CD, 'We Never Died A Winter Yet', a collection of nineteen songs associated with Sráid Eoin's antics on Lá an Dreolín when the various Dingle's Wrens pound the streets bringing forth colour, music and song in one of the most visceral and visual ways imaginable.
Lá an Dreolín on December 26 is one of Dingle's most celebrated and time honoured traditions, indeed for many, it is the highlight of the year.
Consequently Amharclann an Lab in the old CBS was packed to capacity on Friday, September 7 as the people of Sráid Eoin congregated to celebrate the digital capture of one of Dingle's most exhilirating cultural releases.
Opening proceedings was Sráid Eoin stalwart, well known musician Aoife Granville, who herself only recently completed a doctorate exploring the subject and its origins.
Aoife then welcomed Eilibhín De Paor of Ealaíon na Gaeltachta who paid tribute to the immense effort that went into producing the CD describing the "special culture" it encapsulates and the "saibhreas pobail" that perpetually exists within Dreolín Sráid Eoin.
'We Never Died A Winter Yet' is dedicated to the memory of Sráid Eoin native and former captain of the Sráid Eoin Wren, Muiris Ó Rocháin, who sadly passed away last year.
Muiris, the founder of the world famous Willie Clancy Summer School in Clare, was the captain of the Sráid Eoin Wren and his contribution to Irish language and traditional music has been lauded throughout the country and beyond. Thus, the dedication of this CD to his memory has been warmly welcomed.
Giving a taster of the immense catalogue of tunes on the CD launch night was Thomas Callaghan who gave a beautiful rendition of 'Dingle Bay' in An Lab. Following a bit of gentle coaxing, Timmy Kelliher also gave the auditorium a blast of Casey's Hotel, which is also featured on the CD.
Then, the bombastic sound of the Sráid Eoin Wren was revealed in all its glory as its members took to the stage in a sneak preview of what people can expect to see on the streets of Dingle on Lá an Dreolín, December 26.
' We Never Died A Winter Yet' is available locally and features nineteen sings including Seán South, Moriaritee, Back the Quay, Cnoc a'Cairn and Dingle Bay.
Alongside Timmy and Thomas's renditions, the CD also features the talents of Jimmy Flannery who sings a verse of The Goat Street Rambler.
The CD was recorded by Jack Talty in An Lab and proceeds from the CD will go town's establishing a bursary dedicated to the memory of Muiris Ó Rocháin.