- Ulster-Scots cookery: Soda Farl 'Carrickfergus' Duration: 08:03
- Music from local group, 'Rightly On'. Duration: 00:52
- James Barron's poem in memory of his father Duration: 03:11
- News of the 2011 Cranny Gatherin Ulster-Scots Festival Duration: 04:12
- Extract from 'The Tattiebogle' by Stephen Pacitti Duration: 06:36
Series 27 Episode 11
Wilson Burgess catches up with Gareth Campbell to find out about the Cranny Gatherin Ulster-Scots Festival, an annual celebration of history, music, language and culture for St Andrew’s tide.
In the scullery, Diane Hoy prepares a soda farl dish and offers a tasty slice of Carrickfergus history, spiced with a daring jailbreak.
As this month of Remembrance draws to a close, James Barron recalls in rhyme his late father, seen in a photo as ‘the man who stans wae spade in han’.
Stephen Pacitti reads from his prize-winning short story in Scots, The Tattiebogle, a tale of the Great War and its brutal effect on one Scottish soldier.
This programme was produced by Chris Spurr for Blackthorn Productions. If you have any comments, please email the production team at email@example.com or telephone 028 9033 8435.
Gareth Campbell of the Cranny Gatherin & Wilson Burgess
Leaflets promoting the Cranny Gatherin - from 22nd to 25th Nov
DETAILS OF THE CRANNY GATHERIN 2011 -
The Cranny Cultural and Community Group are hosting ‘The Cranny Gatherin Ulster-Scots Festival 2011' from Tuesday 22nd until Friday 25th November 2011.
Tuesday 22nd November in Desertmartin Orange Hall commencing from 7.30pm.
'A Living History of the Ulster-Scotch'
Delivered through talks and displays of Ulster-Scots history and featuring a special focus on a townland study of County Londonderry. Talks will also include ancestry and genealogy of the Scottish and Irish clans. Other attractions will include displays and exhibitions of artefacts, visual arts and media as well as performances of traditional Ulster and Scottish music Taking part will be Mrs Deirdre Speer-Whyte and guests as well as musical performances from Curran Flute Band and Loughinsholin Cultural Music Group.
Wednesday 23rd November in Desertmartin Parish Church Hall commencing from 7.30pm.
'Getting ta know tha Hamely Tongue of the Ulster-Scotch'
An evening dedicated to the Ulster-Scots language which will include storytelling, readings/recitals and song. Taking part will be local primary school children, guests and Ms Anne Morrison-Smyth from BBC Radio Ulster's A Kist o Wurds and the Ullans Centre in Ballymoney.
Thursday 24th November in Desertmartin Parish Church Hall commencing from 7.30pm
'Traditional Ulster-Scotch Cultural Music Workshop and Ceilidh'
An evening dedicated to the history and culture of traditional Ulster-Scots music and dance. This event will be delivered through displays and performances by professional musicians on a variety of traditional instruments and traditional dance. Those taking part will include Maghera Fife and Drum Group, popular folk group Risin Stour and Highland and Country Dancers.
Friday 25th November in Royal Hotel, Cookstown commencing from 8pm
'St Andrew's Night'
This will be the finale of the festival which will be a celebration of Ulster-Scots traditions and culture. There will be a wide variety of entertainment that will appeal to all - with guests encouraged to wear something tartan on the night. The line up of artists that will take part will include popular folk band Rightly On, Cranny Highland Piping and Drumming Group, Highland and Country Dancers and Mr Victor Brownlow, Accordionist and compere. Traditional musician, storyteller, poet and writer, Willie Drennan and friends will also be there on the evening.
Please note that admission to each event is free - except for the final night of the festival which will be held in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown on 25th November - where a buffet supper will be served. Admission for this event will be £10 per person and will be by ticket only. Tickets are available by contacting group members, or alternatively you can contact the group secretary: Gareth Campbell on 07740175745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Poet James Barron
To read the poem 'The Photo' by James Barron - see link at top of page.
Prize winning storywriter - Stephen Pacitti
Music group - Rightly on
For more information about the band Rightly on - see link at top of page.
Diane Hoy with Wilson Burgess and some tasty soda farls
Soda Farl Carrickfergus - created in honour of the Carrickfergus Jailbreak of 1604!
An Ayrshire Laird, Sir Hugh Montgomery, entered into a plan with his neighbour, Thomas Montgomery, a ship owner who traded regularly between Scotland and Carrickfergus. Sir Hugh persuaded Thomas to free the Gaelic Chieftain, Con O'Neill, from Carrickfergus Castle where he was imprisoned for waging war against Queen Elizabeth I in exchange for half of Con's lands in County Down. Thomas arrived in Carrickfergus in July, courted Annas Dobbin, the daughter of the town jailer in order to gain access to the castle, and smuggled a rope to Con, reputedly in a hollowed out cheese! Con was then able to scale the castle walls and escape to Scotland in Thomas' boat.
-2 soda farls (preferably homemade), halved horizontally
-4oz/115g Coleraine Cheddar, thinly sliced
-1 small tin chopped tomatoes, drained
-Fresh basil, torn
-Salt and pepper
-Olive oil for sprinkling
Place the soda farls on a lightly greased baking sheet and spread with the tomatoes, basil and seasoning.
Sprinkle with oil and top with the cheese slices.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400°F, 200°C, Gas mark 6 for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted over the sides of the farls.
There’s some I’d share baith maut an’ meal
Nae, ee’n my penny fees wi’,
But trust me lass, I’ll ken them weel,
I’ll share my bit o’ cheese wi’.
Excerpt from Lines sent to Mrs IGF on Receipt of a Present of Cheese
by Samuel Turner of Ballyclare (1804-1861).
Recipe taken from - Diane Hoy’s Ulster Scots recipe book 'The Scullery' - for more information about this book see link at top of page.