Sixth annual Eddie Butcher Singing and Music Festival

Eddie Butcher
Eddie Butcher

The sixth annual Eddie Butcher Festival will run this year from the 4-12th September at Magilligan, Downhill, Downhill.

The five-day festival includes traditional sessions, storytelling and also features a local charity, ‘Team Callum’.

Eddie Butcher (1900-80) lived a tough, but simple life as a farm labourer and road worker at Aughill town land. He and his three brothers were all singers – “from a singing family in a singing locality” as Portrush song collector John Moulden describes it. Eddie had a hundred odd songs, some of them composed by himself, others partly constructed by him. Well documented in his life-time by Hugh Shields of Trinity College Dublin, he became popular during the 1960s through radio broadcasts, an iconic album and the early traditional music revival scene. Andy Irvine of the group Planxty, Paul Brady, Len Graham and Dubliner Frank Harte were among those who learned some of their most iconic pieces at Eddie Butchers fireside at Aughill in Magilligan.

For information call 07594271243. Information is also available on the facebook page Eddie Butcher