Series 9 Programme 5
Liam meets up with Jim McAllister from Derrykeighan, near Ballymoney, who has been interested in accordions since the 1950s. Jim’s interest began when he was asked to repair electronic accordions: he started going to Italy where 99% of all accordions are made to train in electronics and accordion software and manufacture. Now he has an international reputation for repair and maintenance of the instruments and has fixed the accordions of many famous musicians.
The Ulster-Scots Heritage Council is holding a festival in Belfast from 9th-13th November, and Diane Hoy, Chair of the Organising Committee, tells Liam about plans for the 2005 festival. Events include the launch of a new exhibition, the Ulster-Scots Story, in Central Library; a costumed monologue on Jean Armour (Robert Burns’ wife); and an Ulster-Scots cultural evening in West Belfast Orange Hall, run by Citadel. There will also be an open air pipe band parade in front of the City Hall; and to finish off the festival, there’ll be a church service in Fitzroy Presbyterian with scripture readings and prayers in the Ulster-Scots language. The festival is open to everybody in the community and should be both fun and informative.
Scotsman, James Robertson, has done a stint as writer-in-residence at the Scottish Parliament and he reads his poem, ‘A Manifesto for MSPs’. James also has a new book out called ‘Voyage of Intent’ and, from our Dundee Studio, he talks to Liam about his time spent in the new Scottish Parliament, whether the new legislation will help the issue of the Scots language; and the importance of engaging with young people.
James Fenton reads a new poem called ‘On Tullaghans’ and talks to Liam about the inspiration behind the poem. We’ve news next from the forthcoming Belfast Festival at Queen’s and Chrisanna Agner, the Festival’s Folk & Roots Programmer, tells Liam about those elements of this year’s programme that reflect Ulster-Scots interest: The Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band are playing in the Whitla Hall on 28th October with world famous piper, Carlos Nunez from Galicia in Spain. There’s also a big hooley with Irish kailye and Scottish country dancing using the Ulster Youth Ensemble. Scottish band Shooglenifty are also coming over and will be in the Spring and Airbrake. We end this week’s Kist with WF Marshall’s ‘Hey Uncle Sam’ performed by Bob Speers.