Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin has launched a packed programme of activities and events to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge.
On Saturday, March 12 at 8pm renowned Dungiven folk musician George Murphy launches his “Still in One Piece” CD with support from Brian Mullen and Comhaltas Chraobh Dhoire. Having toured the folk and pub scene as a member of Fáilte in the 1980s and 1990s, George was ready to explore new territory as a solo artist upon early retirement from primary school teaching. His new found interest in promoting cross-community collaboration in the arts led him to discover a wealth of Ulster Scots and Scottish material – some of which would also make the album. Songs such as ‘Sally Munro’ and ‘An Irishman’s Door’ pay homage to the strong links that bind the Irish and Scottish cultures. Such material has been well received so far at folk club gigs in Scotland and the north of England, where he has supported English folk singers such as Chris Wood. Tickets are £4.
On Tuesday, March 15 from 8.30pm-11.30pm, there will be an bi-lingual quiz for adults with plenty of entertainment and spot prizes.
On St Patrick’s Day itself the Cultúrlann will open its doors for a day packed full of activities for children and adults. From 11am-12pm Tura Artura, the Zimbabwean gaeilgeoir, will provide a workshop for children on street dance. Tura, an experienced dance tutor, is renowned for his particular style of dance and rap ‘as Gaeilge’. Facepainters will also be on hand to give visitors a unique St Patrick’s Day makeover. From 12-1pm young people can learn how to céilí at the Céilí na nÓg (Youth Céilí). At 9.30pm, the centre will come alive to the sound of the Copperplate Céilí band. Entry to the evening Céilí is £5 including refreshments.
For more information contact Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on 02871 264132 or visit www.culturlann-doire.ie