Thomas Russell, ‘The man from God knows where’ was the Gaol’s most famous prisoner. Executed at the door in 1803 and buried in Downpatrick, he was a centrally important figure in the foundation of the Society of United Irishmen. Folk-singers, writers & broadcasters, Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden, tell the story of this remarkable man, through eye-witness accounts of his life and times, extracts from Russell’s diary, woven together with local traditional songs, expressing the drama and pathos of that ‘time of the hurry’. http://www.downcountymuseum.com/What-s-On Tickets £8 (concessions available)
Maurice, Anna and I paid a visit to the Star Folk Club in Glasgow on Tuesday night to hear The Friel Sisters in concert. What a super night’s music! My last visit to The Star was back in the mid 1980s. Hope it won’t be so long till I’m back again. We were delighted to sing a couple of songs each in the floor-spot. Thanks to Tom and Ian and everyone at The Star.
Maurice and Jane are delighted to be giving a series of Singing/Walking Tours of Lisburn and Belfast’s Linen Quarter, telling the story of Ulster Linen Industry through the folk-songs of its workers drawn from Maurice’s collection of traditional linen songs. Details of the Tours which run in Sept and Oct are on the linen biennale website;
Maurice and Jane are delighted to be bringing their show ‘Sing a Song of Mourne’ to the Soma Festival in Castlewellan this year on Fri 20th July 7.30 pm. http://online.fliphtml5.com/mour/jomf/#p=28 They will also be taking part in The Singing Tree Session on Sat 21st July 11-3pm. Finally Jane will be part of a FairPle panel discussion on Sat 21st July at 5pm.
Reclaiming the Enlightenment are CELEBRATING BASTILLE DAY Saturday 14 July, 2.00pm to 5.00pm First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast Kevin Whelan, ‘”The Athens of the North”: The Enlightenment, France and Belfast.’ + songs from Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden. Whelan is the Michael Smurfit Director of the Keogh Naughton Notre Dame Centre in Dublin. He has written or edited 15 books on Irish history and geography and helped transform our understanding of our decade of revolution in the 1790’s, and notably in his, Fellowship of Freedom; The United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion. The Belfast town debates of 1792 – contesting the issues of equal citizenship. A dramatised reading with Paula McFetridge and Vincent Higgins Price; £5.00