Countdown to Danny Boy Festival

The countdown is on to the 2011 Danny Boy Festival, scheduled for July and August with 14 events spread out at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre / Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró.

The following music events will take place:

Danny Boy Rocks on Friday, 1 July at 7pm and the second on Friday, 29 July at 7pm. The final will be held on Friday, 19 August at 7pm.

Singer-songwriter and storyteller George Murphy will be performing on Saturday, 2 July at 8pm. Tickets cost £5.

On Friday, 22 July, at 8pm Irish traditional band Beoga will take to the stage to perform. Tickets are £12 full and £10 concession.

Saturday, 30 July, sees the triumphant return of Brian Kennedy to the Centre to thrill audiences at 8pm. Tickets are £15 full and £13 concession.

On Saturday, 27 August, Danny Boy Premium Irish Whiskey is proud to sponsor Kieran Goss: Live and Solo, when he graces the stage at 8pm.

Long hailed as one of Ireland’s leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’ music has won him fans across the globe. In addition to being a double platinum selling recording artist, his songs have been recorded by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Mary Black, Christy Moore and Frances Black.Tickets are £15 full and £13 concession

During this year’s Danny Boy Festival there will also be a number of arts based events which kick off with the Face to Face Exhibition by David Blair, running from 8 to 30 July, in the Keady Gallery of the Roe valley Arts and Cultural Centre.

Also on display over the festival is the 100 Faces / 100 Minutes exhibition which took place in May this year.

For this photographic exhibition, photographer, Paul Beattie, captured 100 pictures of 100 people in 100 minutes at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre so come and see if you can spot any local familiar faces.

A Weaving for adults class will take place on Saturday, 9 July from 10.30am to 1.30pm.The class is suitable for ages 14+ and there is a maximum 12 places available. Materials are provided and the class costs £12 full and £10 concession.

During the festival many Heritage and local area based events will also be taking place.

The Downhill Harp Documentary Part 1, Banríon an Cheoil (Queen of Music), takes place on Friday, 15 July, 7.30pm with Part 2, Oidhreacht Dhonncha Uí Amhsaigh (Denis Hempson’s Legacy), taking place on Tuesday, 26 July at 7.30pm.

Northern Ireland Screen Irish Language Broadcast Fund (ILBF) funded this two-part Irish language documentary series celebrating the tradition of the ancient wire-strung harp. Admission is £3

The Flora and Fauna of the Limavady Borough with Rachel Bain, Biodiversity Officer, will take place on Thursday, 21 July, from 8-9pm.

Admission is free, however places must be booked in advance.

The Londonderry Air and Danny Boy, Heritage talk by Douglas Bartlett, takes place on Wednesday, 31 August, at 7.30pm.

As one of the finale events of the Danny Boy Festival, this talk by Douglas Bartlett will examine the history of The Londonderry Air and Danny Boy.

For more information and for the Box Office please contact the Visitor Information services on 028777 60650 or tourism@rvacc.co.uk. Follow us on Facebook and online at www.roevalleyarts.com