Plenty of music and culture in Clonmany

Alanah Brennan, pictured at the Seamus Grant Weekend last year.
Alanah Brennan, pictured at the Seamus Grant Weekend last year.

Internationally renowned fiddle player Seamus McGuire will tonight officially open the fourth annual Seamus Grant Weekend in Clonmany.

The two-day long event is one of the highlights in the yearly calendar and has been going from strength to strength.

Seamus Grant was born in Cloughfin, Clonmany in 1934 and his talents in traditional music, interwoven with local culture are still talked about and celebrated to this day.

All of this is at the heart of the Seamus Grant Weekend of Traditional Music and Culture, during which a number of top events will take place.

Tonight’s official opening takes place at 8pm in Clonmany’s Market House. The event will be a relaxed evening of music where Seamus McGuire will be joined by the talents of local musicians, singers and dancers, including All-Ireland champions from around Inishowen.

There is a full programme of events on Saturday, 3rd October, starting with the “Beginners’ Music Workshops” held in Clonmany National School from 11am and more workshops throughout the day. To book one of the limited places, it is recommended that you call 0749376265 as soon as possible.

A photographic exhibition “Schooldays of Yesteryear” will be held in the Market House, Clonmany from 1pm–6pm on Saturday and 2pm-6pm on Sunday. This is a collection of photos and memorabilia from the four schools of the parish plus the old schools of Gaddyduff, Beltra and Crossconnell.

There will be further workshops in St Mary’s Hall and the Market House, followed by

the “Next Generation Concert” on Saturday evening.

This will be held in the Ballyliffin Hotel with doors open at 7.30pm, featuring local schools singing groups, the Coyle School of Irish Dance, Valerie Harkin School of Irish Dance plus individual performers and groups taught by many great tutors in Inishowen who are helping to keep the tradition alive.

The final day of the Seamus Grant Weekend of Traditional Music and Culture kicks off on Sunday afternoon from 2pm in the Market House with the “Children’s Trad Disco.” There will be “An Hour with Mick McElkenny and Friends” at 4.30pm in the Market House with stories, song and tunes from the former Sergeant in Clonmany who was the teacher of many of those playing in the area today.

The weekend will come to a close with a Farewell Session which begins in the Market House Hall (upstairs) at 8.30pm and features local performers and guests. All welcome!

Anyone wishing to be a part of the musical tribute to Seamus Grant is more than welcome to just turn up at any of the events, or alternatively, contact either Pat McGonigle on 087 2859287 or Shaun McDaid on 086 1948491. Log onto the website www.SeamusGrantWeekend.com or alternatively find them on Facebook www.Facebook.com/Seamus.Grant.Weekend