December 03, 2004

Remembering 'The Favourite.'

In March 2003, a building off Holloway Road in London was demolished to make room for the new stadium of the Arsenal football team. While the building didn't look like much, it had for years been the home of 'The Favourite,' a working-class Irish pub. From the mid-1960s until 1980, 'The Favourite' hosted an Irish music session led by fiddler Jimmy Power and box player Reg Hall that has a central place in the history of traditional Irish music.

Jimmy Power and Reg Hall

This past Thursday, BBC Radio 4 broadcast Debbie Kilbride's documentary on 'The Favourite,' and on the music and people who made the pub what it was during the '60s, '70s, and '80s. We won't describe it — you should just click this link and listen.

[We're not sure how long this link will stay live, so the sooner you listen, the better. If anyone has downloaded the file, this magpie would love a copy.]

We have a longer post on 'The Favourite' over here at Magpie.

Posted by Magpie at December 3, 2004 02:24 AM | The Arts | Technorati links |

I hope the magpie shares if someone posts an mp3 file of the show :)

Posted by: thom at December 3, 2004 07:08 AM

What is Gaelic for "Remember the 'Favourite'."

Posted by: bluecollard at December 3, 2004 01:13 PM