Crowds pack into Ebrington Square to see Ulster-Scots and Irish music fusion event

Mon, 04/06/2012 - 16:17 -- Editor

HUNDREDS of people packed into Ebrington Square this afternoon for a celebration of Ulster-Scots and Irish music, song and dance.

The Where Traditions Meet event provided showcased our unique style and fusion of Ulster-Scots and Irish music, song and dance in the region where there is a rich tapestry of cultural expression.

The showcase brought the best of Ulster-Scots & Irish music, song and dance together in an exciting and colourful stage show. Featuring young artists from the Northwest counties of Derry, Tyrone and Donegal, the performers focused on the shared elements of their cultures in a modern contemporary way, while still maintaining the respect for their shared tradition and heritage.

Among the many performers were Sontas, a 10-piece group whose members have performed at the world’s largest Irish Festival in Milwaukee, with previous appearances in the Vandervelt Hall New York, The Great Hall Stormont, Áras an Uachtaráin, The Royal Concert Hall Glasgow and recently on the same bill as Phil Coulter at The Ulster Hall Belfast.

Other artists included Pure Blarney (Trad. Band), Dan Gordan (professional actor & presenter), Churchill & Hamilton (Melody Flute Orchestra), Dunloy Accordion Orchestra, Irish & Highland Dancers, Verbal Arts Centre/Magee University Choir 70, Colmcille (Pipes & Drums), Lisneal College (Lambeg & Fife), A Mc Gregor (Ulillean Pipes) and Ciaran Carlin (Whistle).

St Joseph's Brass Band from Strabane, pictured above, made an impressive entrance, marching in formation from around the corner and into the parade ground while belting out a number of tunes.