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US singer to celebrate Creggan ‘pre-harvest’

Felix Sonnyboy Wilson

Felix Sonnyboy Wilson

Felix Sonnyboy Wilson – one of the bright young stars of the American folk and bluegrass scene - will be hosting a special lunchtime gig in the Ráth Mór Garden today (Friday, July 18).

Felix Sonnyboy Wilson – one of the bright young stars of the American folk and bluegrass scene - will be hosting a special lunchtime gig in the Ráth Mór Garden tomorrow (Friday 18th July).

The self-styled, world-travelling street minstrel, who played with protest legend Pete Seeger, is in the city to take part in a pre-harvest tour of the new garden, which is being laid on for local children by Creggan Enterprises.

Wilson is the author of a programme in Interactive American Folk Songs for Children – and previously produced an album for young listeners, ‘The Leather Winged Bat’.

The new biodiversity garden – which was created from waste ground at the entrance to Ráth Mór Business Park – was designed by the local community in partnership with Groundwork NI. It opened in April and will see its first harvest next month.

Horticulturist Conor O’Kane – also known as the singer Teknopeasant – will be on hand to give a guided tour to the wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that he planted in the spring.

“It’s a chance for youngsters to see the various plants just before they’re harvested,” he explained.

“You never know, you might also get a chance to try some of the vegetables or fruits – or perhaps get a clipping or two of some of the flowers.

“And to cap it all, there’ll be some very fine music from Felix – who’s stopping off for an hour between one and two, on the road to his next concert in Donegal, to lend a hand with a song.”

Friday’s event is organised by the Hive Studios, which has also curated a number of ongoing exhibitions in Ráth Mór. A selection of 140 photographs from the archive of Hugh Gallagher is currently on display on the big screens at the centre this week.

 

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