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Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar

March 20th – 23rd, 2015

The Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle is looking forward to welcoming song enthusiasts to Ballyliffin/Clonmany for a 4–day feast of traditional singing, March 20th – 23rd, 2015. This year the programme rather than focusing on a specific theme, is bringing together a range of projects and some new focus points for the weekend. Again they will feature local songs and singers with members of the Singing Circle taking part as guests. Colm Toland will open on Friday night with an audiovisual presentation The Wrecks of Inishowen, telling the maritime history of the peninsula through the legacy of song.

The Inishowen diaspora will feature with Connie McEleney, an octogenarian originally from the Isle of Doagh who carried his songs and love of singing to Boston. Andreas Schultz from Berlin has become a regular at the events, learning and singing songs from the Inishowen Song Project, a great testimony to their wonderful online project, and to him. During the year the organisers met with Joe Aitken and Jim Bainbridge and felt they would fit right in. With songs from Scotland and the north–east of England, they bring a great sense of entertainment and fun. Also the Man, Woman & Child Project with eight singers researching and performing big ballads will prove a great workshop on Saturday. The Irish Traditional Music Archive is delivering a first also: an exhibition of original ballad sheets, songbooks & manuscripts.

And 2015 will see a special focus on younger singers (10–15) with a workshop and a dedicated family session on Saturday afternoon. The Bursary Scheme is again in place so the organisers are looking forward to a weekend that gathers singers of all ages to enjoy good company and great songs.

For more details please check out the website , facebook or contact, Grace Toland +087 2903799, Kevin McGonigle Tel: +086 8353513, Brian Doyle Tel: +087 2761247

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