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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

 Carlow Septet

© Artwork by M. Brennan 2012 copyright - All rights reserved

The famed ‘Carlow Septet’ were invited to sing all over Ireland. They even featured on national radio. In this picture, taken in 1936, we see:
Left to right: Pearse Prendergast, Billy O’Connor, Stan Reynolds and Jack Kirwan.
Seated:  Tom Meighan, Aidan Murray and Joe Donohue.
It was reported that Tom Meighan had a perfect voice, ‘beautifully placed with absolute pitch’. They were offered a contract but declined because of family and work commitments. Their signature tune was ‘Gaudeamus igitur’, a medieval student song with the following verse:
Let us rejoice, therefore,
when we are young.
After our joyful youth:
after care—ridden old age:
We all come to the clay.

Source: Carlow in old pictures volume 2 by Michael Purcell c1999

Carlow Traditional Music

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