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New Folk, Roots and Traditional Music from Northern Ireland

Monday 3rd October 2005 at 11am 0 Comments

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Music Industry Commission have produced a collection of recordings entitled ‘New Folk, Roots and Traditional Music from Northern Ireland’, which showcases the creativity and diversity of some of the finest recording and performing artists in this field.

Paul Flynn, Traditional Arts Officer at the Arts Council , said, “ Northern Ireland is renowned for its traditional music and has produced some of the finest musicians and singers who have gained recognition at home and abroad. This compilation CD is a free platform for the best of traditional, folk and roots musicians to emerge from this part of Ireland and is a fantastic opportunity to perform to a wider audience. The compilation is both a testament to achievement and an indication of future developments.”

Artists on the promotional compilation include Cathal Hayden, Henry McCullough, Four Men And A Dog, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, Méabh O’Hare and Conor Byrne and Brian Houston.

The ‘New Folk, Roots and Traditional Music from Northern Ireland’ CD will be launched on Thursday 6th October at 3:30 for 4pm at the Pott House , on the corner of Waring Street and Hill Street, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast.

Artists performing at the launch include Henry McCullough, Robert Watt, Jim Rainey and Jarleth Henderson. A delegation of 12 international folk music and festival promoters will be in attendance.

The compilation CD also contains an enhanced interactive section that is PC and Mac compatible. This enhanced area provides:

  • artist biographies and contact details for the included recordings
  • a selection of influential artist biographies
  • an illustrated history of folk, roots and traditional music from Northern Ireland

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