Tonight Thursday 9th June 2011, I have been asked to give a presentation at Lisburn Civic Centre on the Fife and Lambeg Drum Tradition.
Philip Orr (Author Road to the Somme) invited me along to assist in a community relations project in Lisburn City area. The project is similar to one I spoke at in Ballymena a year or so ago, where a number of groups came together to explore various aspects of Ulster Culture.
The groups come from a Loyalist background and are looking to transform / develop their community festivals and annual Bonfires.
Philip will talk about the significance of Bonfires as a celebration, going back many century's - I will then place an emphasis on the musical tradition element of the bonfires, helping them to understand this vital part of Ulster Culture / traditions.