Local singers take part in bird song project

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This month, the Traditional Singing Circle session, taking place on Thursday, May 7, at 9pm in Tinney’s Bar, Patrick Street, will be entitled ‘The Dawn Chorus’ as part of the wider ‘Bird Song Project,’ which will be running across the island throughout May.

‘Bird Song’ is a research and performance project for older traditional singers. There are 15 traditional sing circles, from Wexford to Londonderry, participating by hosting their own bird song night.

It is estimated that over 300 songs in relation to birds will be sung across the country in May.

Each singing circle event will be recorded and made available on the project website in June 2015. Admission to the session is free so come along for a great night of singing and crack.

Thrushes, larks, linnets, robins, magpies, curlews, cuckoos, swallows, swifts, corncrakes, doves, cranes, geese, swans - and even an upside-down blackbird will be all featured in the project.

Two days after the Tinney’s session, the Bird Song Ulster Concert - the second of five unique concerts of traditional song throughout the country will take place in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Saturday, May 9, at 7.30pm. Admission is £4.

The concert will feature John Tunney, Brigid Tunney, Jim MacFarland, Jackie Boyce, Grace Toland, Rita Gallagher and Maurice Leyden.

For further information see www.thebirdsongproject.com