Strabane musician Ian McGowan has released a CD to say a personal thank you to Altnagelvin Hospital’s Sperrin Unit.
He says “A Sperrin Mountain Melody” is an acknowledgement of the treatment he received at the Unit this year.
Ian explained that, after feeling unwell, a series of tests discovered that he had low grade Hodgkins lymphoma.
During his period of recuperation, Ian found himself reflecting on life’s events and, inspired by the view from a friend’s house overlooking the Sperrin Mountains in Co. Tyrone, he set about resurrecting a piece of music he had been working on but had yet to complete.
Ian, an accomplished guitarist, enlisted the help of vocalist and cellist Bridgeen Tully.
Together the pair arranged a quite unique piece of music that is a fitting tribute to the life-giving work at the Sperrin Unit.
Ian said: “The measure of the service provided at the Sperrin Unit is unquantifiable, it’s an amazing service, delivered by amazing people.”
The CD goes on sale this week and retails at £5. It can be purchased at: Patsy Kelly’s Shop, Melmount Road Strabane. Brian Haughey’s Costcutters, Ballycolman Avenue, Strabane, the Boston Tea Party, Craft Village. Derry and Fiorentini’s Restaurant, Strand Road, Derry.
Ian and Frankie will be bringing some Christmas cheer to the Boston Tea Party in Derry this morning commencing at around lunch time.