Strule Arts Centre to host Ulster Scots and Irish Festival

Published: 14th January 2016

A one day festival of Ulster-Scots and Irish culture will take place in Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, on Saturday 23 January 2016.

Organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the festival programme includes Irish language classes, an Ulster-Scots history and heritage workshop, a song writing session with Meteor award winning singer songwriter, John Spillane and an Ulster-Scots and Irish music concert.

The one day Irish language course with classes for beginners, improvers and advanced levels will take place from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

At 11.00 am, Gary Blair from the Ulster-Scots Agency will present a 90 minute seminar on the history of Ulster-Scots and its influence on our everyday language.

Two-time Meteor award winner, singer songwriter, John Spillane, will then host a song writing workshop from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.  The workshop, where aspiring songwriters will have penned a song by the end of the session, will be delivered in English however it is open to aspiring writers in English and Irish.

An uplifting Ulster Scots and Irish music concert featuring Ulster-Scots group ‘KasK’ and John Spillane, will bring the festival to a close. The concert starts at 8.00 pm.

KasK is a traditional music ensemble which celebrates and shares the music and instruments of Ireland and Scotland. With haunting airs and lightning reels, KasK will take the audience on a journey from Scotland to Ireland and back again with a line up including Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Small Pipes, Bodhran, Whistles and Bouzouki.

John Spillane, who recently celebrated 33 years within the world of music has sold over 100,000 albums in Ireland and has won two Meteor Ireland Music Awards. His songs have been covered by many Irish folk artists such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Solas, Mary Black, Méav, Sinéad Lohan and Sharon Shannon.

All festival workshops and classes are free to attend. To express an interest to attend a workshop, please contact Kevin Goodwin, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Irish Language Officer on 028 8224 7831 or by emailing kevin.goodwin@fermanaghomagh.com.

Tickets for the Ulster-Scots and Irish music concert cost £5.00 and can be purchased from www.struleartscentre.co.uk or by telephoning Strule Arts Centre Box Office on 028 8224 7831.

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