Extreme level of violins promised when 100 fiddlers convene

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An extreme levels of violins will be experienced when 100 fiddlers, of all ages, from across Ireland and Scotland, join together in Londonderry on Sunday, February 7, for a musical performance of ‘100 Fiddles, 55° North’ by award-winning Belfast composer, Neil Martin.

The performance is part of inaugural Londonderry International Irish Music Festival, January 31 - February 7.

Originally commissioned in 2012 for the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, ‘100 Fiddles, 55° North’ is a 20-minute musical piece of three movements, ‘Where Salmon Dance,’ ‘Tobar Geal,’ and ‘The Otter’s Pool/Whoriskey’s.’

This reprise performance, which will be conducted by Neil Martin, will feature one hundred fiddlers including the newly established, Foyle Fiddle Orchestra, under the directorship of Frank Gallagher and Liz Doherty.

The group will also include guest Irish Traditional musicians, Nollaig Casey, Séamus McGuire & Bríd Harper plus a number of youth groups from across Ireland and Scotland, led by their tutors. The concert will also mark the opening of Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s brand new academy of traditional music, Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh.

Roísín McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “It is fantastic to see the city host the first-ever Derry International Irish Music Festival, a unique music event which encourages community engagement, tackles social exclusion and will attract visitors to the city whilst boosting the local economy.

“The Legacy Fund was established to ensure the continued important investment in the arts and culture sector of Derry, building on the huge success of City of Culture 2013.

“Equally important though, all the projects funded will provide opportunities to encourage more of Derry’s citizens, from harder to reach communities, to participate in arts and culture.”

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said she was looking forward to the musical celebration.

“It will be fantastic to welcome musicians of all ages from across Ireland and beyond to the city for this outstanding showcase which will be a real highlight of the city’s first International Irish Music Festival. Derry as we all know is a city of music and I look forward to attending this dedicated celebration of our musical heritage.

“I’m delighted to see the ongoing commitment of the Arts Council to arts and culture here in Derry, which is so vital in the promotion and cultivation of emerging new talent. I would encourage everyone to check out the wide programme of events and take the opportunity to enjoy and learn more about the music which is such an important part of our cultural story.”

Tickets for ‘100 Fiddles, 55° North’ are £7 and children under 12 go free. Full details of all the events at the Derry International Irish Music Festival are now available online at www.culturlann-doire.ie
A total of 34 projects have received funding under the Legacy Fund programme to a total value of £900,000 from 2014/15 to 2016/17.