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;