It would be very unusual to have a sing-song anywhere in Ireland without hearing at least one Percy French song, ‘The Mountains of Mourne’, ‘Come back Paddy Reilly’ or ‘Phil the Fluthers Ball’ being the more popular. Many people may not know the composer of the songs but the lyrics and melodies are easily recognisable.

The County Leitrim Percy French Society was set up by Tish Dunleavy and Frank Cadam because they realised that Percy French was an under-promoted Irish composer. The Society’s objective is to bring Percy’s works to a wider audience and to create a better awareness of this great Irish genius. The shows are presented in a first stage interpretation where Frank Cadam takes the part of Percy French. There are ten performers in the show and all dress in period costume. Percy links the songs with his own story and explains where he got his inspiration for his works.

Tish Dunleavy, Musical Director and founder is very excited about presenting the show in An Taibhdhearc. “We have staged our Percy show in many theatres all over Ireland, including the National Concert Hall Dublin, but coming to Galway and in particular An Taibhdhearc is very exciting and special to me. I am really looking forward to our performance on Saturday 3rd March.

The shows are staged in a good humoured and fun loving way and audience participation is always encouraged. The programme includes all the well known songs such as ‘Phil the fluther’s ball’, Eileen Óg’, ‘The Mountains of Mourne’, ‘Abdul Abul Bul’, ‘Gortnamona’ and of course ‘The Emigrants letter / Cutting the Corn in Creeslough’ plus many many more well known pieces.

Tickets priced at €14 and €16 are available to purchase from An Taibhdhearc on Box Office on 091-562024 or online at