Series 4 Programme 4
Conal Gillespie meets the Londonderry-duo, ‘Hollow’: Joanne and Chris talk about their interest in Ulster-Scots and the importance of young people showing an interest in it - and we hear their song ‘La Bombe’.
Last month, a conference was held in Trinity College in Dublin called “Tracing the Enlightenment: the Ulster-Scots in Ireland and America”. One of the speakers, Dr Patrick Griffin from Ohio University, shares his thoughts on Francis Hutchinson - a man born in Drumalig, County Down, but whose thoughts and notions went across the Atlantic to impress the Ulster-Scots and other folk in America, about to rise up against colonial rule.
Starting on March 15th at 7.00pm, in the Ballyboley Centre, Manse Road, Dr Philip Robinson will be taking an eight-week course of evening classes about Ulster-Scots language, writing and culture. He tells Conal about the content of these classes.
Conal chats to Richard Archibald, a Ballymoney scholar with an interest in Ulster-Scots, now based in Edinburgh and qualified in astrophysics. Richard has made a website with a collection of local Ulster-Scots words collected over the years. http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~s9905488/other/index_us.html. Richard also reads from his poem, ‘The Scunger’.
The two Wills talk about their language survey and some of the words they’ve discovered. They recall gathering potatoes in the school holidays, and different words associated with potatoes. They also talk about people they’ve met, places they’ve been, and the talks they give when they meet people, including poetry and verses.