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Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar

Ballyliffin/Clonmany, Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal

March 21st – 24th, 2014

Celebrating 25 years of the Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar, 1990–2014.

2014 marks 25 years of the Inishowen Singing Weekend. The organisers thank everyone who has kept this gathering on the road and have made it what it is – a celebration of song & friendship. They are staying close to home with guests and talks. You will hear from & about the singers of Cloontagh, Malin Head, Carndonagh, Clonmany, Isle of Doagh, Buncrana and Rashenny. And they have renewed Mick Quinn’s honorary Inishowen passport once again.

Across the Water is a multimedia soundscape inspired by The Last of the Name, the memoirs of Meentagh weaver, Charles McGlinchey. Composed by Finbarr Doherty and produced by Paul McCarroll, this performance from Inishowen singers, musicians, artists and actors, is a moving and exciting feast for the senses.

Their speaker this year is Jim Toland who is married to Anne Donovan, niece of the famed Malin Head singer & fiddle player, John Donovan. You will hear the story of a remarkable man from a remarkable family of lighthouse keepers and radio operators, a man who was to be immortalised in a handful of 78’s recorded in 1945.

On Saturday, they are delighted to host the launch a new CD of recordings of Louth singer, Mary Ann Carolan. Mary Ann’s son, Pat and grandson, Stuart will be accompanied by Donal Maguire in celebrating one of the most influential singers of the 20th century.

For further information and the full programme of sessions, talks & performances, please visit  or contact Grace Toland on Tel: 087–2903799.

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