The Inishowen Song Project

In 2012–13, the Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle secured funding from Inishowen Development Partnership to fund a collaborative project with the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) to host multimedia song material from Inishowen on the ITMA website. The free online project contains approximately 2000 items: digital sound and video recordings, books, photographs, transcriptions of song texts, and metadata catalogue information. The majority of the recordings come from field recordings made by Jimmy McBride, and have been made freely accessible to listen and view online thanks to the generosity of singers and their families.

While the original collection of songs and singers continues to remain accessible via the Irish Traditional Music Archive, unfortunately we can no longer edit or add new material. Taking this as opportunity, the ITSC is now committed to revamping the Inishowen Song Project. A group of 15 volunteers has been working during lockdown to edit and improve the existing transcriptions and information.

Session in the Brass Rail Bar, Bruncrana.

We are currently fundraising and exploring funding options to finance the redesign and development of a new Inishowen Song Project website. The new site will feature existing material, new audio-visual recordings, including recordings from the Inishowen Singing Weekend, updated information on songs and singers and a digital map. If you are interested in supporting our fundraising for the revamp of the Inishowen Song Project, please contact ITSC or make a donation here.

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