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Remembering Neil Johnston at The Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Sat 9th Feb 2019

For over forty years Neil Johnston was a reporter and feature writer for the Belfast Telegraph. In 1976 he reviewed Leo Rowsome’s LP Classics of Irish Piping and found himself “struck by the beauty and starkness of Irish music and song that was on my own doorstep.” The die was cast, and he began a music column in the Belfast Telegraph celebrating the local folk and traditional music scene, during some of the darkest years of the Troubles. At The Duncairn, Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey will headline this evening of music to remember Neil, alongside the Sands Family, Len Graham, Maurice Leyden, Sean Donnelly, and Jane and Frank Cassidy. https://www.theduncairn.com/events/2019/2/9/neil-johnston

The Man From God Knows Where at Down County Museum, Downpatrick Fri 19th Oct 2018

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)

Visit to The Star Folk Club at the Admiral, Glasgow

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.