The Catholic Concert.
The concert given last evening in the Oddfellows' Hall, in aid of the funds of the Catholic Boys' School, did not draw the crowded house to which we are accustomed on such occasions, owing doubtless to the fact that there were several counter attractions. But though the attendance was only a moderate one, the audience was enthusiastic, encores being the order of the evening. The programme was indeed a very enjoyable one, the excellent vocal performances of Miss Pender, Miss A. Butler, Miss T. Butler, and Mrs Crisp, and of Messrs Stephenson and Flower being very enjoyable while the comic contributions of Mr Brallaghan ("all the way from New York ") evoked sounds of applause. Miss Pender possesses an exceedingly sweet and pure voice, and her Mary of Argyll, Farewell Alannah, Kate O'Shane and The Last Rose of Summer were very finished performances, though the enjoyment of the latter especially was much marred by the conduct of Home persons at the back of the hall, the buzz of whose more than tiotto ooce conservation was unpleasantly noticeable. This sort of thing ought to be put down very determinedly. We never heard the Misses Butler to so great advantage. Miss T. Butler's "Take me Home Barney" and " Killarney," and Miss A. Butler's " I'll take you home Kathleen," being admirably rendered, as also, it is almost needless to add, was Mrs Crisp's "The North Countrie." Mr Stephenson's " They all love Jack," and Mr Flower's '*The Skipper and his Boy," also deserve special mention, while some excellent violin performances by Mr Bateman, of which the most pleasing was a j barcarole by Spohr, were an unexpected and very welcome addition to the programme. This also, as usual, was helped along wonderfully by the dancing of the i Lagmhor Highlanders, who gave a couple j of foursome reels in capital style, supplemented by a Highland Fling by our evtH}green friend, Mr Donald McLea#> and a sword-dance by Alick MpKenziei Messrs O'Loughlin and D. also gave some creditably esbjbjtipns of Irish Jigs and Hornpipes. Following is a complete li^t, Or, the several items :— ' Part L—Overture (piano) ** Salop di Brayiera," Miss Hollo^ay,j.Song "They all love Jack," Mr Stephenson; Song "Mary e£ Argyll" and encore '• Farewell Alannah," Miss Pender; Scotch Reel, Lagmhor Highlanders j, Highland Fling, Mr Donald McLean ; song, " The North Countrie " and encore "The Tollgate," Mrs Crisp ; song, "The Skipper and his Boy," Mr Flower; Irish Jig, Mr O'Loughlin y song, '-' The Rose, Shamrock, and Thistle," Miss Berg; . Qomjc, song, " Miss Hoolighan'a Cake "
I and encore "Skibbereen," Mr Brallaghanj song, " Barney take me Home again " and encore "Killarney," Miss T. Butler. Part ll.—Solo, violin, Mi- Bateman ; song, " I'll take you home Kathleen " Miss A. Butler; song, " Queen of the Earth," Mr Flower; Hornpipe, Messrs O'Loughlin and D. Brick; Solo, violin, Mr Bateman; comic song Married Man's Dilemma," Mr Brallaghan ; Foursome Reel, Lagmhor Highlanders; Sword Dance, Mr A. McKenzie ; Song, "Kate O'Shane," and encore, "The Last Rose of Summer," Miss Pender. The Rev. Father Chastagnon here came forward to the fdotlights and thanked the audience for their attendance, which he would like to have seen larger, as it doubtless would have been but for counterattractions. He also returned his hearty thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who had assisted, especially to the conductor, Mr Gates, and to Miss Pender and others who had come a long way to help them, to their good friend Mr Donald McLean, who was always to the fore on such occasions, and to the gentleman who had come "all the way from New York" (laughter and applause). ■ The programme was then closed with the National Anthem. '
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The Catholic Concert., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2409, 24 April 1890
The Catholic Concert. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2409, 24 April 1890
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