Sunday, 26 February 2012
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Firstly, I don't want to claim credit for these 3 booklets which have been published in the past 3 years - but I did lend quite a bit of my time assisting and advising those who worked on the booklets.
Credit must be given to the Matthew Warwick & Ian Carlisle at Ulster Scots Community Network (USCN) who published 2 of the booklets, and Michael McCullough at the Ulster Scots Agency, who published the other booklet.
The first book, printed in 2009 - 'The Lambeg Drum' creating Ulster's Unique Traditional Instrument has been a phenomenal success story. The booklet is based around the lambeg drum making process, featuring Mr. Denis Morrow craftsman and drum maker, from Orangefield, Belfast. The booklet shows pictorially how the lambeg drum is made from its humble beginnings as a piece of oak, to one of the greatest and most powerful musical instrument in the world. Originally 5,000 were printed and such was the demand that a reprint of 5,000 was ordered, with copies being order locally, nationally and internationally.
The second book published in 2010 was - ‘The Ulster Drum’. This also was a very successful publication explaining the origins of the drum and its significance within the Ulster musical tradition. Michael with the help from Bobby Magreechan (who collected and permitted the publication of his photographs of drums) developed and published and excellent booklet. There are also a few hundred photographs of pained lambeg drums from all over Ulster again great interest has been shown, with copies being order locally, nationally and internationally.
The third booklet, just published this month February 2012 is – The Fife, An Ulster Musical Tradition. The booklet explains the musical significance of the fife in Ulster, its military origins and shows pictorially how a fife is made. The fife maker and craftsman is Mr. Wilby Wilson from Larne, Co. Antrim. I think 2,500 of these booklets have been printed and it is hoped it can be as successful as the other two booklets.
The fife and lambeg drum is a fantastic musical tradition and must be promoted in a positive light – as I work in schools throughout Ulster children are being afforded the opportunity to learn about the fife and lambeg drum tradition and associated musical traditions such as bagpipes, accordions, flutes, fiddle, etc.
As I mentioned at the start of the post I won’t take too much credit for the booklets, however I have assisted Matthew, Ian and Michael in delivering the final booklets to the public.
Copies of these booklets can be obtained fro Ulster Scots Community Network at Great Victoria Street Belfast - give Matthew or Ian a call, they will be only too happy to post you out a copy / copies.
Friday, 17 February 2012
Venue will be the Londonderry Room, Town Hall, Newtownards - the building where the Ulster Covenant was signed back in September 1912. Key note speaker will be special invited guest Drew Nelson, Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland with Jack Greenald local historian providing some historical facts. A 4 course meal will be provided with stirring music from Lord Londonderry's Own C.L.B. Band - with Piper Stephen Rodgers, they might even be a bit of fife and drumming!!
Loughries through our Council Representatives, have initiated a request to Ards Borough Council suggesting that they, (Ards Council) mount a commemorative plaque in the Town Hall N'Ards, to mark this vitally important and highly significant event in Ulster history.
More details later.........
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
I did blog last year quite regularly on my visits to slimming world - yes it worked very well and I lost over 35lbs, sadly quite a bit of that went back on in the intervening 12 months.
That said, I am determined not to undo the work and pain I have endured in the last 5 weeks, loosing weight - whilst doing without my favourite food.
Quick synopsis - since January 1st I have had no salt, sugar, crisps, nuts, cheese, wine, chips, Chinese food, chocolate, sweets.............................. but with psychotherapy and a little councilling I am coping well.
So in the last 4 weeks I have lost 24lbs - so with weigh in tomorrow Wednesday, I might make the 28lbs (2 stone) another 14 lbs to go.
Wish me luck!!
Monday, 13 February 2012
A forage back into the American Civil War once again – this time its The Band, 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'.
Great version, but I posted this song mainly as the paintings, photographs and drawings throughout the video are terrific - Hope you enjoy the music also!!
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Thanks to drummer-wench, Dorothea, for this beautiful folk song.
This version is sung by Robin Gibb, himself a native of The Isle of Man. I read somewhere that the song was about a ship that had gone down at sea, however thanks to Geoff for the following information.
It was originally a poem by Eliza Craven, written around 1854 - long before the sinking of the ship. The song is about the beautiful Isle of Man ( Ellen Vannin ) and if you read the words, you will see that.
I should have read the words!!
The song is sometimes referred to as 'the unofficial National Anthem of the Isle of Man'
Sadly, we live only a short distance from the Isle of Man - here on the east coast of N.Ireland and yes, I have never visited.
Scotland seems to draw me!!