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Eddie Butcher Music and Singing Festival 2011

by admin on September 8, 2011

in Celebrations, Events

Eddie Butcher traditional music and singing festival northern ireland September 2011

14-18 September 2011

A growing Northern Ireland Traditional Music Festival in County Derry

In memory of local songwriter Eddie Butcher from Magilligan : (1900-1980) whose life was a rich contribution to traditional music revival in Ireland

Eddie Butcher tradtional songwriter and singer from Magilligan County Derry

Eddie Butcher traditional songwriter and singer from Magilligan County Derry

This local festival is organized by the ‘Shamrock Rose and Thistle Tradition’ committee and heavily supported by the local community, council’s and National Trust. Accommodation is available at Downhill Hostel Online for Wednesday-Saturday and by telephone only (028) 7084 9077on Sunday the 18th.

Events are as follows

Wednesday 14th September Opening Night of the Eddie Butcher Music and Singing Festival in Cooley’s Bar Benone, Magilligan – 9pm till late. Let’s raise the roof with a great night of singing, music and craic. Special guests will be in attendance, come along and listen or take part to properly kick off the Eddie Butcher Music and Singing Festival 2011. A buffet will be provided by Cooley’s Bar. Admission free.

Thursday 15th September The Cairn Greencastle Co. Donegal – 7:30pm a brilliant night of songs and craic with local singers and musician from all over Inishowen, Donegal and Derry. The Cairn is a unique venue owned and run by one of Ireland’s best singer songwriter Patsy Kavanagh. We hope to repeat the success of last year’s session in the Cairn. Admission free.

Friday 16th September ‘Flowers of Ulster’ Concert at Roe Valley Arts and Culture Centre, Limavady – Doors open 7:30pm, concert begins at 8pm. Ulster’s finest female artists provide beautiful songs and music for an eveing to remember. Artists include Mairead Walls, Aisling Oír (golden dream) harp Quartet, Rita Gallagher, Marana McCloskey, Sollus Scottish Dancers along with Ballykelly’s own Cathal McCann as MC for the evening. Admission £8/£4 concession. RVACC box office 02877760650/ Brian McNichol 07792846699.

Saturday 17th September Traditional Singing Workshops in Magilligan Presbyterian Church Hall – Everyone welcome, admission free.
11am till 1pm: Singing Workshop with Ulster Fleadh Traditional Singing Champion Tommy Dunne.
1pm till 2pm: A break for lunch
2pm till 3:30pm: Singing workshop with Fermanagh’s finest traditional singer and tutor Rosie Stewart.

Saturday evening 17th September Benone Tourist Complex 8pm till 11pm – A formal invite to all traditional musicians, singers and listeners to take part in the Eddie Butcher concert which was such a huge success last year. Admission free and everyone is welcome to retire to Bob’s Bar and Bistro for a buffet and a session.

replical of the Downhill Harp at Eddie Butcher traditional music and singing festival

Seamus O'Kane will give a talk on Banrion an Cheoil (the Queen of Music) aka the Downhill Harp now housed in the Guinness Museum

Sunday Afternoon 18th September Mussenden Temple Downhill 2pm till 4:30pm – Seamus O’Kane on Banríon an Cheoil (Queen of Music) documentary in which he made an exact replica of the Downhill harp. Aoibheann Devlin will be there to share her views on the music of the ancient harpers. The replica will be present. Admission is the National Trust cover charge (free to all National Trust members). The Shamrock, Rose and Thistle Tradition would like to thank the National Trust for supporting the Festival.

Closing party, Sunday Eve 18th September at Downhill Hostel Following the harp workshop in Mussenden Temple will be a free BBQ at Downhill Hostel followed by a session. All welcome. BYOB. For catering purposes if you know you would like to come for the closing party you could give Brian a phone call on 07792846699 or email the hostel on www.downhillhostel.com. All welcome regardless of prior RSVP.

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