First ‘Walled City Live & Traditional’

Ronan Kearney is one of many acts this weekend. (1505JC2)
Ronan Kearney is one of many acts this weekend. (1505JC2)

This Saturday, May 19, sees a new event in the Earhart Festival calendar, ‘The Walled City Live & Traditional’.

This exciting new event guarantees an afternoon of Derry’s finest traditional music talent performing in venues across the city this Saturday afternoon and early evening.

It’s going to be a day to remember for all involved. “I’m delighted that the Festival has secured such a wealth of local talent, all performing at city centre venues within easy walking distance,” says Festival Director Oliver Green.

“This is an event for Trad enthusiasts and newcomers alike, and is sure to bring a genial and relaxed ambience to a Saturday afternoon stroll round the heart of the city.”

Performers and venues include The Mad Hatters who are playing at Masons Bar (3-5pm); Ciara McCafferty & Friends at the Dungloe Bar (4-6pm); Danny McGilloway at The Rocking Chair (4.30-6.30pm); Piosa Beag at the Castle Bar (5-7pm); Dougie Breslin at Tracey’s Bar (5-7pm); Ramon Ferguson at Peadar O’Donnells (5-7pm); Niall Gallagher at the Strand Bar (5-7pm); Ronan Kearney & Rozza at Bound for Boston (5-7pm) and The Paddy Danagher Band at Sandinos Bar (4-6pm).

Mr Green said: “What better way to while away a relaxing afternoon - and early evening - than in the company of friends, enjoying good craic and superb live music? We are really delighted to have received great support from so many of our local vintners and look forward to a wonderful afternoon of top class traditional music.”

This year, the Earhart Festival moves to its new dates of May 14-21 to coincide with the actual 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s historic solo landing on May 21, 1932, in a remote Ballyarnett field.

For more information on this event and the full festival programme, contact the Festival Office at 65 Galliagh Park, Tel 71. 357443 or email: donna@gscaderry.com.