Friday, May 7, 2010

The South Donegal Fiddle Part 1 of 4

This programme explores a unique strand of traditional music in Ireland: the fiddle tradition of Donegal. It includes interviews with Caomhin Mac Aoidh and Rab Cherry, co-founders of Cairdeas na bhFidléirí (Friends of the Fiddle) and organisers of a meeting of fiddlers in the village of Glenties, County Donegal, and an annual summer school of Donegal fiddling in Glencolmcille, County Donegal. The programme also features interviews with and performances by James Byrne of Glencolmcille, the brothers Vincent and Jimmy Campbell of Glenties, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh of the group Altan, and Dermot McLaughlin from Derry. There is also rare footage of the master fiddler John Doherty playing a version of the reel Miss Pattersons Slipper.

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