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Programme 7

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 28 March 2004

In Markethill, we meet Feedle Steeks and the mid-Armagh Community Network, there's news about Futuresearch, music from the Low Country Boys, a chat with the Two Wills, and a new book....

  • Series 4 Programme 7

    Fiddle Steeks is part of the mid-Armagh Community Network based in Markethill. Keith Little, Musical Director, chats to Conal Gillespie about how the Orchestra came about and how they’ve already produced a CD.

    ‘Futuresearch’ is a process used by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, to connect people from various interest groups with people from official organisations so they can work together on a way forward for the various project. Nelson McCausland of the Ulster-Scots Heritage Council talks to Conal about the progress of the Ulster-Scots talks.

    There’s music from the Low Country Boys with “There’s a grand time coming”: and then Conal meets up with Andrew Dunlop, Development Worker with the mid-Armagh Community Network which promotes a large range of Ulster-Scots events – cultural and educational.

    The Two Wills share their thoughts on how the Ulster-Scots language isn’t only spoken by one group of people; and describe their visits to Scotland to see Desmond Batley, an Ulster-Scots enthusiast. They also talk about a lady who was born on the Ailsa Craig where her dad worked with the curling stones.

    Finally, Conal chats to well-known writer and painter, Victor McCurry of Coleraine about his book on James Mullan, ‘The Drumsurn Bard’.


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