Expansion of the Inishowen Song Project

Elizabeth LaPrelle

Expansion of the Inishowen Song Project

Last year saw the launch of the Inishowen Song Project, an archivisation project that now features recordings, videos, words and photographs of traditional singers and songs from Inishowen in Donegal — the archive is available to view online. A festival to be held in Clonmany, north-west Inishowen, on 22 to 24 March will now look to expand the project, featuring a total of 550 songs from the peninsula.

Titled From Granny to Google, the festival will bring together similar digital projects from Scotland, Ireland and the USA. Talks will include an introduction to the project by Colm Toland and a seminar on digital transmission featuring Chris Wright of Tobar an Dualchais, Nancy Groce of the American Folklife Center and Library of Congress, and Lillis Ó Laoire representing the Joe Heaney Archive.

The festival will feature daily sessions and a concert on the evening of 23 March — featured musicians include Elizabeth LaPrelle from the United States, Martin McGinley and Len Graham, among many others. Graham will also host a masterclass for students receiving bursaries from the festival.

A preview concert will take place at the Grand Social, Dublin, on 20 March, featuring LaPrelle; Ken Wilson and Jim MacFarland; Len Graham and Brían Ó hAirt; as well as the groups Lynched, and Danny and Aki.

The Inishowen Song Project was developed with the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Inishowen Development Partnership.


Published on 13 March 2013

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