Local residents will take centre stage at 11am on Friday 30 June at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre at a special concert featuring local songs and stories. The event marks the finale of a six month project delivered by Live Music Now musicians Laura McFall and Kristine Donnan and the residents of Thackeray Care Home and Thackeray Day Centre. Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the project was inspired by the legacy of song collector Sam Henry, and the memories of the Thackeray residents. The result is a brand new piece of music based on their stories, as well as a new third verse of Danny Boy! The event is free with complimentary refreshments and all are welcome.
Alice Lewis, Director of Live Music Now Northern Ireland said,
‘This has been one of the most rewarding projects that our musicians have worked on. Over the last six months they have really enjoyed getting to know some of Limavady’s older generation at Thackeray and hearing their stories and memories. They’ve been inspired to write a brand new piece of music, which we’ll hear at this concert, as well as a new third verse to Danny Boy! They’ll also perform a few old favourites, including The Gypsy Rover and The Rattlin Bog, as well as songs from the Sam Henry archive, Ta Ra Limavady and The Gem of the Roe. I hear some of the Thackeray folk are joining in the singing too! We warmly invite everyone to come along for a cup of tea and some great music and craic.’
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