The Danny Boy Festival which takes place in Limavady next weekend from May 16 -19 May 2013 has a packed programme of art and music events for all the family to enjoy. The fabulous Roe Valley Children’s Speech and Drama Festival will lift the curtain on Danny Boy Festival 2013 – with more than 500 school children from all over the borough will perform over two days, 16 and 17 May in Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre/Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró. Outside in Drumceatt Square from noon – 2pm on Friday 17 May, the amazing purpose built ArtCart vehicle will be available for children to try out sound recording, digital music and photography. Free admission.
The 2013 musical extravaganza kicks off with Katie and the Carnival on Friday, 17 May. Katie’s music is soulful, dark and harmony-driven with influences from indie, folk, rock and pop. Known for her engaging and creative live performances you never know what you might see at a ‘Katie and the Carnival’ gig - dancing unicorns, TV tents, samba drummers? Anything is possible... Tickets: £6 full/ £4 concession.
Calling all you heritage buffs! Celebrate the legend of Rory Dall O’Cahan’s ‘The Lament of the O’Cahan’s’ which became the world famous tune Danny Boy, with the unveiling of the new Danny Boy sculpture in Dungiven Castle Park on Friday 17 May at 2pm. Free admission. Living History comes to Limavady on Saturday, 18 May – come and take one of our walking tours between 11am and 2pm to relive the story of Danny Boy. Don’t miss Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas on Saturday, 18 May in Drumceatt Square from 1pm. Paddy’s unique blend of Folk-Pop-Punk-Country-Blues has leaves audiences reveling in his rich lyrics and big melodies. Free admission.
The Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre is delighted to welcome the enthusiastic and infectious Four Men and a Dog as the headline act for this year’s festival on Saturday, 18 May. This highly acclaimed band made a name for themselves with their eclectic and vivacious blend of traditional Irish music with a wide spectrum of other genres, including rap, Southern rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, polka, country swing, and even salsa. A lively and entertaining evening is assured. Tickets £12 full/ £10 concession.
Chill out on Sunday, 19 May from 1-4pm and come along to Folk and Trad at the Green Lane Museum in Roe Valley Country Park featuring David Dunlop, Heather Montgomery, Deirdre Havelin and George Murphy. All welcome. Free admission. The Danny Boy Festival offers an artistic feast including an adult workshop on the amazing world of paper sculpture with Rachel Dickson on Saturday, 18 May. With such an array of events, there is no doubt that it’s going to be a fantastic weekend of music, activity and entertainment for both visitors to the area and the local community. For further details, tickets and booking information are available at the Roe Valley Arts website www.roevalleyarts.com or contact the Centre’s Box Office on Tel: 028 7776 0650