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Outside Broadcast in Castlewellan

On Friday the 18th of July 2008, Lynette Fay presented a special hour long Outside Broadcast from Savages, Castlewellan, Co Down.


As Celtic Fusion and Fiddler's Green Festivals neared to an end and the start of the Ulster Fleadh came into sight, BLAS visited Castlewellan to celebrate all three festivals and the music that comes with them!

Local Musicians 'Neadar' started off with a trio of Polkas - Here is Niall McCrickard, Eimear Walsh, Ciara McCrickard, Brendan O Neill and Declan Magee with A Lovely Night, Meitheal Polka and The West Kerry Polka.



Veronica Keegan is Marketing manager with Down District Council and she heads up the small team that works to bring Celtic Fusion to life. Lynette asked Veronica when does work on Celtic Fusion start...



Marian Bradfield is often described as ‘one of Ireland’s hidden musical treasures’ and the Blas team had the pleasure of her company while were in Castlewellan. Here is Marian performing Hearts of Every Age can Fall in Love live on Blas.


Marian Bradfield

Brian and Eithne Vallely were the surprised but worthy winners of The Celtic Fusion Contribution to Traditional Culture Award 2008. Lynette Fay spoke to Brian and Eithne after they won their award...


Colum and Tommy Sands

Local Music Legends Tommy and Colum Sands took time from their busy schedule to perform for Blas. Here is The Misty Mourne Shore.

Declan Magee and Ciara McCrickard spoke to Lynette about their new band Neadar and why they chose to sing a transltaed version of Tommy Sand's song Co Down.


Declan Magee
Cathal Ó hÍr

Cathal Ó hÍr and Nicolas McCrickard spoke to Lynette about their delight that the Ulster Fleadh was going to be held in Castlewellan.


Following on from Cathal and Nicolas, the local 12 - 15 year old Newcastle Comhaltas Group gave us a taster of what is coming up during the Ulster Fleadh. Here they are performing Whistler at the Wake and Charlie Lennons.


Ciara McCrickard


Ciara McCrickard with Neadar sang a translated Irish version of Tommy Sands' song Co Down with Tommy Sands in the audience! Here is Ciara's version of Co an Dúin.


Liam Ó Maonlaí and Fiachra Ó Braonáin from The Hothouse Flowers spoke to Lynette about what they have been up to recently.


Fiachna Ó Braonáin
Blaine Rafferty

Blaine Raffery performed solo on his Banjo especially for Blas. Here is The First Pint.


Liam Ó Maonlaí

The Hothouse Flowers played the programme out with an amazing epic version of the Traditional Irish song - Sí do Mhamó í






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