Young musicians give special performance as Shared Music of Dalriada project wraps up successful season
Wed, April 19, 2023
Young musicians came together at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart recently to mark the end of the Shared Music of Dalriada 2022/23 programme.
Back in October 2022, the project saw these young people gather on Rathlin Island to explore the traditional music, song and dance shared by communities of all backgrounds across North Antrim and South West Scotland. Starting with music from Coleraine Museum’s Sam Henry archive, they explored music, song and dance from Ulster Scots, Scots Gaelic, Gaeilge, English and Rathlin traditions.
The participants gathered once again at Flowerfields recently to celebrate Seachtain na Gaelige/Irish Language Week. Welcomed to the stage by the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Ivor Wallace, the musicians, singers and dancers gave a special performance representing their shared heritage across the ancient Dalriada region.
Cllr Wallace said:
“It’s so important for us to celebrate what we have in common and also learn from one another about our differences. This performance was a wonderful example of that and a celebration of our shared musical heritage. I commend everyone involved in such a positive project.”
On behalf of Glens of Antrim Comhaltas, Jenny Connor said:
“The young people were able to showcase their talents and they really enjoyed the experience. Go raibh míle maith agat."
The project was supported by the District Council Good Relations Programme as part of the ‘Together: Building a United Community’ strategy of The Executive Office, and was delivered by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Good Relations and Museum Services, in partnership with Glens of Antrim Comhaltas.