Book Launch in Ireland For ‘The Pure Drop’ by Carlotta Hester

by Patrick Pearse on September 9, 2020

There was a brilliant book launch in Ireland last month for The Pure Drop, Carlotta Hester’s book of drawings of traditional Irish musicians, singers, and dancers, and featuring a foreword by Alice McDermott. It took place on a beautiful sunny Sunday in Cavan town’s Market Square, with over a dozen musical artists performing. It was organized by musician, teacher, archivist, and M.C. Martin Donohoe, and was hosted by Cavan Arts and County Cavan’s NYAH Society of the Musicians of Ireland. Covid-19 protocols were observed.

Back: Dylan, Shane & Ryan Duffy, Martin Donohoe, Sean, Niall & Aoife Curran, Charlie, Emily & Hannah O Reilly.
Front: Zoran Donohoe, Martin Whelan CCE Co Board, Cllr Brendan Fay, Cathaoirleach, Cavan-Belturbet, Municipal District, Carlotta Hester, Chris Murray & Aoife Murray.

Aoife McEntee, Aisling Brady & Leigha Hyland Kinsella, Co. Cavan, Fiddles and Piano Accordion

This video from the Market Square launch features remarks from Chris Murray, the editor of The Pure Drop, Councillor Brendan Fay who officially launched the book, a surprise performance of “The Parting Glass” by traditional singing champion Aoife Murray McGovern, and closing remarks by Martin Whelan, the county board chairman of The Irish Society of Musicians. 

Pat McManus, Co. Fermanagh & Larry Nugent, Co. Fermanagh, Guitar and Flute
The Pure Drop cover.

The Pure Drop is available from Govinda Gallery for $15 plus shipping. Order at

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1 response to “Book Launch in Ireland For ‘The Pure Drop’ by Carlotta Hester”

  1. Christine Nassikas says:

    It’s so wonderful to see you and Carlotta in your world in Ireland. Such amazing people. I watched the
    video. Bravo to Carlotta!!!

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