Film, Singing Session
It’s a Fine Thing to Sing: Féile Róise Rua Screening



Sunday 19 May 2024, 2 pm

Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh / CFFAM

Arranmore Island

Co. Donegal


Friday 17 May 2024, 9 pm

Óstán an Ghleanna / The Glen Hotel

Arranmore Island

Co. Donegal



Bob Gallagher/ITSC are delighted to share that our documentary, It’s Fine Thing to Sing: Songs and singers of the Inishowen Peninsula will screen as part of the Féile Róise Rua 2024 festival programme.

When singers Ian Lynch (Lankum), Ye Vagabonds and The Henry Girls are invited by Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle to create their own interpretations of songs from the Inishowen Song Project, the audience is invited into a vast collection of local songs, documented over 40 years from within the community itself. Framed within the stunning landscape of the area, these new performances, atmospheric archival recordings and accompanying interviews with key community figures demonstrate how songs pass from singer to singer, while also examining the question of why we sing.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Bob Gallagher, this documentary is a fitting and important tribute to the singers and songs of Inishowen, the incredible vision of Jimmy McBride in founding the Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle and to the enduring power of the Inishowen song tradition.

Our visit to Arranmore Island, is part of an ITSC national tour funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. The film has been screened in the Light House Dublin, and will also visit the Joe Mooney Summer School in partnership with The Leitrim Larks, and Drimoleague Singing Festival in September 2024.