- Liam Logan finds out about FUSE FM Duration: 05:19
- Low Country Boys at the Smithsonian Festival Duration: 04:06
- Wilson Burgess: Our Davy Duration: 02:22
- Dr Carol Baraniuk on James Orr Duration: 02:47
- Local and Scots children perform Burns in Armagh Duration: 03:55
- Liam Logan finds out about a 'Burns' project for schools Duration: 04:09
Series 14 Programme 14
This last programme in the series opens with Wilson Burgess reading his tribute ‘Our Davy’ - a poem written to mark the Ulster-Scots Agency’s Fitba Day with David Healey. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC kicked off on 27th June and among the Ulster-Scots folk taking part are the Low Country Boys from County Down. We hear some of their music and Liam chats to Mark Thompson on the phone from America where he’s in a marquee keeping out of the rain! Mark describes the events taking place, the interest of the audience in the Scots-Irish story, and a successful meeting with Virginia Senator, James Webb.
Next, Liam’s off to the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh meeting children from here and from Ayrshire in Scotland. Dorothy Lees, Expressive Arts Development Officer with Ayrshire Council tells Liam about the joint schools’ performance of Robert Burns’ ‘The Jolly Beggars’ and about this project which educates children about the life and work of Robert Burns. Dr Fred Freeman has looked after the musical orchestration - building this bridge to connect the Ulster and Scots children. Heather Sanford, Vice Principal of Mullavilly Primary School in Armagh tells Liam how the project came about and how beneficial it has been for the children - as some children themselves testify. John Wilson, Links Officer in Arts & Education for East Ayrshire has come over to see the show…
In Newtownards, there’s a new radio station with an Ulster-Scots flavour - FUSE FM. DJ David Gordon interviews Liam for the show; and then David and Tom Purvis chat to Liam about their involvement with the summer radio project which has been developed by the Ulster-Scots Agency.
Finally, we’re off to Queen’s University where a talk has just taken place on 18th century Ireland. Dr Carol Baraniuk led a discussion on the poetry of James Orr of Ballycarry and why he should be of interest to all the people of Ireland.