For the first time, the TSF is meeting in Belfast on Saturday 19th October in the Ulster Sports Club, 96-98 High St, Belfast. The Roy Palmer Lecture will be delivered by Dr. John Moulden and other talks will be given by Maurice Leyden, Dr. Conor Caldwell, Roisin White, Fergus Woods and Jim Carroll & Pat Mackenzie. An informal Singing Session will be held in The American Bar at 7.30pm and on Sunday 20th October Maurice Leyden and Jane Cassidy will lead a Singing/Walking Tour around Belfast City Centre from 11am-12.15. Admission to all events is free but tickets need to be booked via www.tradsong.org
Jane is excited to be working as Musical Director with Kabosh Theatre Company on a unique theatrical journey around Bellaghy where visitors can experience the places that for Seamus Heaney ‘lie deep, like some script indelibly written into the nervous system’ The theatrical walk is written by Vincent Higgins and stars Maria Connolly and Nicky Harley. Jane has researched,compiled and arranged the songs to be performed.
Maurice and Jane had a fantastic few days at the Belfast Trad Fest, teaching traditional singing, leading a singing/walking tour entitled ‘Belfast City’ and taking part in the ‘Songs of the People’ Concert along with Jarleth Henderson, Niamh Dunne and Seamie O’Dowd. Maurice also gave a talk entitled ‘Come all y Gallant Sporting Blades’ about traditional sporting songs.