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concert at Ebrington was for not only Sons and Daughters ─
it was also for brothers and sisters, mums and dads, aunts and uncles,
grannies and granddads, cousins and friends . . . everyone.
in the future
New Day is a brand new anthem specially written by Phil Coulter to
celebrate Derry’s year as City of Culture. But it is not a song
with a 12-month shelf life.
the city’s big year in the spotlight draws to a close, Brand New
Day, with its message of hope for a happy, confident and prosperous
future, will continue to be sung by citizens young and old, keeping
the tradition of music in the Derry air very much alive.
Coulter, more than anyone else, has for decades been keeping Derry’s
musical tradition alive.
he has written many songs over the years, Brand New Day is probably
the most important because it reflects how far Derry and Northern
Ireland have come, emerging from a troubled past to embrace a bright
Boy was first performed in 1913 in America, where it became an
overnight sensation. Yet despite its Irish credentials, the words
were written in 1910 by Englishman Frederic Weatherly who never once
song, set to an old Irish tune called The Londonderry Air, has been
recorded by many big-names including Elvis Presley, Cher, Johnny Cash
and even The Muppets.
1850, a woman named Jane Ross, of Limavady, Co Derry, wrote down the
tune she had heard being played by a wandering musician, ensuring it
would be enjoyed by future generations. Every summer, Limavady, which
is 16 miles east of Derry, hosts a Danny Boy Festival.
song is sung tonight by the Codetta chamber choir who were formed in
Derry in 2001. They are conducted by Donal Doherty.
Patrol have won five Meteor Ireland Music Awards and have been
nominated for three BRIT Awards.
enduring popularity is reflected in the fact that they have sold more
than 10 million albums worldwide since they released Final Straw in
of the more unusual accolades they picked up was being named at
number 10 in a list of Northern Ireland’s top 10 exports
Lightbody and Johnny McDaid are members of Snow Patrol, one of the
most phenomenally successful bands of recent years. The band formed
in 1994 in Dundee, Scotland, where the members were studying.
the six guys in the band, four are from Northern Ireland – Gary is
from Bangor, Johnny is from Derry, Jonny Quinn is from Bangor and
Nathan Connolly is from Belfast. Paul Wilson and Tom Simpson are
band was originally called Shrug, then became Polar Bear before
becoming Snow Patrol.
song, Just Say Yes, was Derry’s bid anthem in the contest to be
named City of Culture 2013.
The official film produced to support the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 bid. The film was produced by the award winning arts ...
is an extremely rare honour to be allowed to record in St. Peter’s
Basilica in the Vatican, but the Priests have had that honour (it
helps that Pope Benedict is an admirer and listens to their
have been thousands of recordings of Amazing Grace, but perhaps the
most unusual came in 1972 when a piper accompanied by a pipe and drum
band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards took an instrumental version
to No1 in the UK charts.
stayed in the charts for 24 weeks, but the Guards’ pipe major got a
dressing down from his superiors in Edinburgh Castle who felt that
appearing on Top Of The Pops gave the bagpipes a bad name.
of the most popular songs in the repertoire of Fathers Eugene and
Martin O’Hagan and David Delargy, better known as The Priests, is
You Raise Me Up, which has been covered more than 125 times by
was a favourite of the late great Manchester United and Northern
Ireland football star George Best, and it was sung at his funeral in
2005 by fellow Belfast man Brian Kennedy.
May 8, 2007, You Raise Me Up was played at the historic opening of
the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.
Knows is one of Paul Brady’s most famous and best-loved songs and
very often the highlight of his gigs. If his fans think he might not
sing it, they start dropping far from subtle hints. The same can be
said for The Island, Crazy Dreams, Night Hunting and Paradise Is
he is best known for playing the guitar, he also plays mandolin,
bouzouki, piano and tin whistle.
2009, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the
University of Ulster for his services to traditional Irish music and
and music producer Paul Brady was born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, but
was educated at St. Columb’s College in Derry.
is one of Ireland’s most prolific and respected writers of hit
songs, whose work has been recorded by some of the biggest names in
example, his songs have been recorded by Tina Turner, Cliff Richard,
Ronan Keating, Phil Coulter, Joe Cocker, Cher and Phil Collins. When
the stars need a hit song, they turn to Paul Brady.
dancers and Scottish bagpipes are rarely seen on the same stage, so
to have piper Emmett Conway playing for the world-class dancers from
the McConomy School here in Londonderry is something of a coup.
Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band to which Emmett belongs was
founded in Lisburn, Co Antrim, in 1945 and is named in honour of
World War Two commander Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.
band has won the world pipe band championships eight times and other
major championships 51 times. Such is the band’s reputation that
pipers and drummers come from as far away as Australia and Canada
just for the chance to play with it.
the early 1960s, the world-famous Decca record label took one listen
to an up-and-coming floppy-haired pop band called The Beatles and
said: "Sorry guys, you're not what we're looking for."
forward 50 years and Decca, having learned a hard lesson, took one
listen to Londonderry girl Mairéad Carlin and said: "We love you!
Here's a recording contract. Sign here."
Mairéad is in love with her home city. "It's a very cultured and a
very musical place," she says. "Wherever you turn there's
always music -- in the Derry air."
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Undertones, who formed in 1975, are the most successful band ever to
come out of Londonderry. When they disbanded in 1983, their fans thought it
was the end of the world. But they rejoiced when they got back
together again in 1999.
regrouping, The Undertones have attracted a loyal following of new
fans, many of whom were not even born when the band first got
Undertones had many chart hits, but the biggest were Teenage Kicks,
Here Comes The Summer, My Perfect Cousin, Wednesday Week and Jimmy,
you are at a wedding and an Undertones song comes on, watch all the
dads racing to the dance floor!
The ultimate John Peel band. The Undertones' 'Teenage Kicks' of 1978 was named as the great man's favourite ever track. However, the Derr...
Undertones on stage tonight are almost but not quite the original
line-up. Rhythm guitarist John O’Neill; his brother Damian, the
lead guitarist; bass player Michael Bradley; and drummer Billy
Doherty were all there at the start.
singer Paul McLoone replaced original member Feargal Sharkey when the
band reformed in 1999.
is still involved in music, but no longer performs. He is now an
executive in the industry and a champion of musicians’ performing
Can you survive the siege as a Jacobite spy? Set around the walls of Londonderry, the Siege Mediascape brings to life the key events of t...
Siege of Derry
Siege of Derry in 1689 lasted 105 days, from April 18 to August 1,
and cost the lives of 7,000 of the 30,000 civilians and 3,300
soldiers who died mostly from hunger and disease.
city was besieged by the forces of ousted Catholic King James II, who
wanted to regain his crown. Defending Derry were the citizens and
soldiers loyal to Protestant Queen Mary (James’s daughter) and her
husband, William of Orange.
siege ended when the Royal Navy broke through a floating barrier
across the River Foyle and a fleet comprising three merchant ships
and the frigates HMS Dartmouth and HMS Swallow sailed upriver and
relieved the city.
it wall about?
would think that Londonderry’s 400-year-old defensive walls are the most
photographed in the city ─ but you would be wrong. The most
photographed is the Free Derry Wall, all that remains of a row of
houses that were demolished in the 1970s.
sports the legend “You are now entering Free Derry”, which refers
to the period from 1969 to 1972 when community activists declared the
Bogside and Creggan neighbourhoods an autonomous nationalist area.
wall is usually white with black lettering, but in 2007 it was
painted pink to mark Gay Pride Week.
Derry’s Carlisle Square at the western end of the double-decker
Craigavon Bridge across the River Foyle stands a symbol of the peace
and reconciliation so many people have long yearned for and are now
sculptor Maurice Harron’s work, Hands Across the Divide, which was
unveiled in 1992, shows two bronze figures on separate stone plinths
reaching out to each other, their fingers almost touching.
in Londonderry hope Maurice, whose sight was saved by a revolutionary
transplant that gave him new synthetic lenses in his eyes, will one
day be asked to make a minor adjustment and have his figures shaking
War 2 ─ U boats Foyled
was the main base for Allied warships protecting convoys crossing the
Atlantic in World War Two (at one point 140 Royal Navy, US Navy,
Royal Canadian Navy and French and Indian escort vessels were moored
along the Foyle).
city’s strategic location was a big factor in the Allies’ victory
in the pivotal Battle of the Atlantic, an outcome helped by the
Germans underestimating the Foyle’s importance and failing to
launch major bombing raids on it and nearby airfields.
May 14, 1945, six days after Victory in Europe (VE) Day, eight
U-boats, which were to be followed by 52 more, were escorted into the
Foyle by three Allied battleships. After mooring at Lisahally, the
U-boat commanders stepped ashore and surrendered
in a name?
is Europe’s only completely walled city. The walls, built between
1613 and 1619, have never been breached. That is why it is known as
the Maiden City. It is also known as Londonderry, Derry-Londonderry,
Stroke City (because of the hyphen in Derry-Londonderry) and Doire in
Derry was named UK City of Culture, the organisers replaced the
hyphen with a symbol called a tilde, so it is now also called
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THE RIVER RUN
River Foyle, which runs through Londonderry, actually does 'run' -- it is
the fastest-flowing river in Europe. It is also one of the cleanest,
a fact of which Derry people are very proud.
Foyle system teems with salmon at certain times of the year -- great
news for fly fishermen and the resident otters, but bad news for the
poor old salmon.
increasingly popular attraction for visitors to Derry is a
sightseeing boat trip on the Foyle. Also, an increasing number of
cruise ships are sailing up the Foyle and docking in Derry.
many people might take the river for granted, it's very presence
helps to create and maintain jobs.
Scallon, who is much better known as Dana, was only 18 when she
represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest final
in Amsterdam, singing All Kinds Of Everything.
Europe-wide television audience of 200 million watched the Derry
teenager win, beating red-hot favourite Julio Iglesias of Spain in
song was No1 in Ireland for nine weeks, No1 in the UK for two weeks
and went on to sell two million records worldwide in the days long
before CDs and downloads.
Teenage singer-songwriter SOAK, aka Bridie Monds-Watson, performs 'Sea creatures' live on BBC Radio Ulster's Across The Line (ATL).
has nothing to do with the weather in Londonderry (well, not much).
SOAK is 16-year-old Derry singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson. She
says she got her name by mixing SOUL with FOLK, even though her music
reflects neither of those styles.
the music experts at BBC Radio 1 know a good thing when they see it,
and recently named SOAK as an up-and-coming artist of the week.
which started out as a seven-minute interval entertainment at the
1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin and worked wonders for Irish
dancing, shows no signs of hanging up its tap shoes.
show’s phenomenal worldwide success means audience numbers to date
are counted in the tens of millions rather than the tens of
touring companies of dancers perform the show: the Boyne tour North
America, the Corrib dance in Europe, and the Riverdancers who thrill
audiences in Ireland? Fittingly, they’re named after Derry’s
river, the Foyle.
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YOU STAND UPON ONE LEG
Hannon has enjoyed great success in the charts with his band The
Divine Comedy and as a solo artist, but he is a musician with many
more strings to his bow. Did you know, for example, that he wrote the
theme tunes for TV comedy shows Father Ted and The IT Crowd?
also wrote and sang (the deliberately bad) My Lovely Horse, the song
that Father Ted and Father Dougal enter in the Eurosong contest with
disastrous results in the episode entitled A Song For Europe
July, more than 200,000 people visited Londonderry’s Queen’s Quay when
the 10 yachts competing in the 40,000-mile Clipper round the world
yacht race sailed up the Foyle. One of the biggest attractions,
naturally, was the yacht named Derry~Londonderry.
maritime festival that greeted the clippers was one of the most
fun-filled and successful celebrations Derry has ever hosted: it did
wonders for local businesses and gave visitors a taste of what the
city has to offer as City of Culture 2013.
Round the World yacht race chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was
delighted with how the people of Derry embraced the festival. “I
think Derry has been one of the most successful stop-overs ever, and
I think the reason for that is that the whole city seems to have
become involved in the event,” he said.
actress Eva Birthistle’s first TV role came in 1995 on RTÉ farming
soap Glenroe, which was filmed near Bray, Co Wicklow ─ a dream role
for this farmer’s daughter from Bray!
whose family moved to Londonderry in 1988, first appeared on the big
screen in Ken Loach’s 2004 romantic drama Ae Fond Kiss (the title
of a Robert Burns poem set to music), for which she won Best Actress
at the Irish Film and Television Awards. More recently, Eva played
intelligence analyst Captain Kate Marshall in TV action series Strike
Back: Project Dawn.
Night will be celebrated in Derry this coming week with a series of
events marking the poet’s birth. See www.cityofculture2013.com
is playing a Shetland medley, music from the windswept, treeless
Shetland Islands that lie almost halfway between Scotland and Norway.
is a long history of Londonderry people emigrating to Scotland and settling
in and around Glasgow, where Derry surnames such as McLaughlin,
Gallagher and Doherty are common.
was not all one-way traffic, though ─
Gerard’s surname is as Scottish as they come.