The Irish in Scotland: A Musical Tale

Dr Fred. Freeman. (PHOTO  STEWART ATTWOOD'''')
Dr Fred. Freeman. (PHOTO STEWART ATTWOOD'''')

A free lecture focusing on local musical heritage will take place in the Tower Museum on Thursday October 23th.

Led by Dr Fred Freeman of the University of Edinburgh, the lecture will examine ‘The Irish in Scotland: The Songs of Robert Tannahill’.

It will focus on a collection of Scottish songs written in defence of 19th Century Irish emigrants to Scotland, and how this changed perceptions at the time.

A Fellow of English at the University, Dr Freeman’s skill as a music director and producer has contributed to his extensive writings and research.

The lecture is the second in the Island Voices Series.

Island Voices is in keeping with Derry City Council’s Music City programme for 2014, and seeks to explore our cultural identity through both language and music. The theme of the three fascinating lectures in this year’s programme focuses specifically on the musical heritage of the Irish and Ulster-Scots cultural traditions.

Education Officer with Derry City Council’s Museum Service, Margaret Edwards, said: “The Island Voices series provides a real insight into our local musical heritage, and how this has had a wider impact beyond these shores.

“Derry has always been a city of music and these lectures will touch upon the many facets within our shared culture which have influenced our musical journey through history.”

Pól Ó Frighil, Irish Language Officer with Derry City Council added: “This is the fourth year of the Island Voices series which is testament to how popular the event has become.

“This year’s lectures showcase the relationship between the Irish and Ulster-Scots musical traditions and explores the positive role that music can play in the context of good relations. I would recommend early booking as places at the lectures are always in high demand.”

The final lecture in the series will take place in the same venue on November 20th, and this time two local speakers will focus on the relationship between the Irish and Ulster-Scots musicians in Derry, in the build up to the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann celebrations in August 2013, and the Pan Celtic Festival in 2014.

All the lectures are free and lunch is provided. Places are expected to fill up fast and booking is essential. For more information and to secure a place please email tower.reception@derrycity.gov.uk or telephone: 028 71372411.