Each year in Inishowen when we gather for the Singing Weekend, something special happens … it can’t be predicted … but it happened in 2016.
The Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle would like to thank everyone who took part in the 2016 event – singers, listeners, speakers, musicians, our schools & their teachers, hotel staff, landlords/ladies (landpersons?), bursary students, guests, the back stage crew: Michelle McGonigle, Linda McGonigle, Mary Joe, Gerard with his buses, Otto Schlindwein who was making the documentary, the audiovisual crew, Irish Traditional Music Archive staff, Paul Eliasberg our photographer … and you who travelled to be with us from Cloontagh to New York.
And a sincere thanks to our sponsors: the Arts Council of Ireland; Donegal County Council; Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick; Ceoltoir, Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Dundalk Institute of Technology, and
EVERYONE WHO PAID THE REGISTRATION!
We will gather again, all going well, for the
28th Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar
24-27 March 2017
Around the world, the plans are being made for the big trip to Inishowen … trains, planes, and automobiles … buses and lifts. For some it will be a new adventure with maps and sat nav and for others it’s a journey that’s been oft repeated.
The Singers’ Circle has been planning and gearing up for months now and is delighted that a great line up of events and guests is in place.
We will celebrate all that is local and welcome new voices from other places. As Ireland remembers 1916, we have asked our guest speakers to explore songs from Ireland and England of that period, to widen our appreciation of the songscape of these islands.
View Brochure Inishowen 2016 here
Registration fees remain at €50 per person and can be paid when you arrive in the Ballyliffin Hotel.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday night.
PS If you intend arriving on Thursday night, the Derry Traditional Singers Circle monthly session takes place that evening in Tinney’s Bar, Derry, hosted by Jim MacFarland. It’s only up the road from Ballyliffin!
Please join us on Friday 12 February in the North Pole Bar, Drumfries for our monthly singing session. Hosted by our welcoming landlady, Hilda, the front bar will be warm and bright, like the company! You are welcome to sing, listen, recite, dance or play a tune – jokes are good too. We look forward to seeing you on the night.
The Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle gathers the second Friday of every month for songs, a few tunes and plenty good company. We will be in McFeeley’s Bar, Clonmany on Friday 8 January to ring in the 2016 session. Always happy to welcome singers, listeners & musicians – don’t be shy!
We leave you with a lovely New Years’ song sung by one of our favourite Singers’ Circle regulars – Roseanne McGonigle.
From the Inishowen Song Project, please enjoy
The New Year In