Lesser Spotted Culture next Tuesday, July 23 at 8pm on UTV has a distinctly musical theme as presenter Joe Mahon sees Derry become ‘Music City’ for the day, listens to a record-breaking version of ‘Danny Boy’ and recalls one of the city’s most gifted singers and teachers, James MacCafferty.
Joe mingled with the crowds when the city was transformed into a stage and thousands gathered in Guildhall Square to try and break the record for the biggest number of people singing ‘Danny Boy’.
He also calls in to St Augustine’s Church of Ireland, on the Walls - probably the first place in the city where singing would have been heard. Archaeologist Brian Lacey agrees that this was most likely the site of the original monastic settlement where Derry~Londonderry began its life.
While the tradition of educating young people in music continues in the city, Joe finds it has become much more technologically advanced and vocational when he visits the music department in the North West Regional College. It seems fitting then that Derry was chosen as the location for this year’s All Ireland Fleadh, the biggest musical event in the country.
Joe attended the launch and chatted to those involved in organising this massive logistical operation. Joe calls on Sarah Travers to help him break down the itinerary.