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Showcase Gullion’s heritage

Showcase Gullion’s heritage

The Showcase Gullion’s heritage project is implemented through The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme. The LPS is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s programme to conserve and enhance some of the region’s most treasured landscapes. The LPS runs from September 2015 until August 2018.

The total budget for this project is £7,800

This project aims to enable young local musicians to visit other music groups in Ireland and abroad in order to develop their repertoire of tunes from different areas and be exposed to a variety of musical styles so as to enhance the development of their own musical style. The project will allow these young musicians to meet and forge relationships with other young musicians, experience and foster respect for music from the other traditions and cultures of Northern Ireland as well as other cultures from different countries. This project will also help to equip them with the skills and personal capabilities to deal with the challenges of living in an increasingly diverse and complex society. The project will deliver on these aims by developing an exchange programme with other music groups and performing at an event once a year.

To view the full project plan please download the Ring of Gullion Landscape Conservation Action Plan below.

Project Updates

Local musical ambassadors return from Catalonian Festival

Update published on: November 5, 2018

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Musicians from the Mullaghbane-based Traditional Arts Partnership (TAP) took part in last week’s Creative Connexions Irish Catalan Festival in Sitges, Catalonia. The group of 28 musicians, singers and dancers were predominantly from the 15-18 Grupa Cheoil and performed throughout the weekend at concerts, sessions, interactive workshops, parades and street/impromptu sessions. They were kept really busy and between the different venues, they played, danced and sang for up to six hours every day – a serious amount of musical mileage which boosted their ability and confidence daily.

The children also performed for the Irish Ambassador Síle Maguire and for the Mayor of Sitges Miquel Forns, both of whom were presented with fine plaques, hand-crafted locally by Padraig Carragher Wood Turning and presented by Des Murphy on behalf of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council.

This is the third year that TAP musicians have taken part in the festival and the highlight of each trip is the visit to the Institute of Arts Barcelona, which is based in Sitges. This is a Performing Arts College and TAP is extremely proud to continue this valuable link.

This year the young musicians, signers and dancers performed in the courtyard and as always had the students up dancing the ‘Waves of Tory’. They then took an interactive workshop in one of the studios with the singing and acting students. In every performance we witnessed hidden talent emerging in our singers, dancers, public speakers, and leaders. They truly are fine ambassadors for their local area, county, province and country, not just musically but also in attitude, manners and general interaction with locals and visitors.

The festival featured four other young musical groups from Ireland and two adult choirs. The nightly ‘Cid Session’ in the hotel attracted people from all over the festival and, indeed, groups who were staying in other hotels, having built up a reputation for being “serious craic”. Fantastic friendships continued and friendship with Croabh Phiaras, Monkstown and with Bray CCE developed even futher, and a whole new horizon opens up with new links to Ballinspittle CCE, West Cork.

Elaine O’Sullivan is one of the trip organisers and performed daily along with her young protégées.

Reflecting on the successful trip, she said: “All in all it was a fast-paced, high-energy trip that left everyone feeling elated and proud, but exhausted. According to reports, there has been some serious sleeping going on since our return! Many thanks to all of the additional adults and young musicians from the South Armagh area who came over to Sitges to support the kids at all of their performances and sessions. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces around the beautiful town of Sitges.

TAP would just like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every person who donated at any of our fundraising events throughout the year. This year the trip cost just shy of £25,000 and we have had numerous fundraisers throughout the year to ease the burden of the cost of the trip for the families of our young musicians. Our street collection last weekend brought in a fantastic £986. Many thanks to all who donated at the ‘Camlough toll bridge’! We are also very grateful to the Landscape Partnership Scheme who again provided welcome financial support and to NMDDC for continuing to offer us paid gigs throughout the year.”

Musicians showcase local talent at Spanish Festival

Update published on: December 11, 2017

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A group of musicians from the Ring of Gullion Traditional Arts Partnership (TAP), based in Mullaghbane, recently participated in the popular Festival of Arts in Sitges, located in the Catalonian area of Spain.

Thirty-five musicians, dancers and singers took part in the four-day festival performing traditional Irish music, theatre and dance while experiencing the variety and styles of music native to the region.

The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS), part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s programme, supports the annual exchange programme and aims to develop the participants’ repertoire of tunes from different areas; be exposed to a variety of musical styles so as to enhance the development of their own musical style; meet and forge relationships with other young musicians; experience and foster respect for music from the other traditions and cultures of N. Ireland as well as other cultures from different countries; and equip them with the skills and personal capabilities to deal with the challenges of living in an increasingly diverse and complex society.

The South Armagh musicians had a packed programme of cultural exchange with Catalonian musicians and were also accompanied by groups of musicians from Dublin, Wicklow and Carlow. Their best and most memorable event was an hour-long show of traditional Irish music and dance performed to the entire lecturing staff and students from the Institute of Arts, Barcelona.

Caroline Wynne, Artistic Director of Creative Connections Irish Catalan Festival, said the musicians from TAP “lit up the festival” from the moment they arrived at the opening session in Café le Mon.

Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council paid tribute to the musicians for representing the area at the prestigious festival and described them as “great ambassadors”.

Praising the LPS for facilitating the initiative, she said: “Programmes likes these help to improve the lives of young people taking part, but also everyone who lives in the district. It’s good for tourism, and good for economic development too, and I look forward to seeing where these promising young musicians go next year to promote Newry, Mourne and Down’s flourishing talents.”

Ring of Gullion Tradition success in Spain

Update published on: November 8, 2016

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The Ring of Gullion Traditional Arts Partnership (TAP) has just returned from a hugely successful Musical and Cultural Exchange frestival in Sitges, Spain. The experience was to enable the young musicians to visit other music groups in order to; devleop their repertoire of tunes from different areas; be exposed to a variety of musical styles so as to enhance the development of their own musical styles; meet and forge relationships with other young musicians throughout Spain and Ireland.

The South Armagh group, TAP, had 30 musicians playing traditional Irish music to large crowds over a four day period. There were also groups of young Irish musicians performing from Co. Laios, Co. Carlow and Co. Dublin and when all playing together the Spanish audiences were spellbound and responded with standing ovations.

Des Murphy, Chair of the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme, made a presentation to the Irish Ambassador, David Cooney, at the official opening of the Catalan Irish Music Festival 2016.

Ring of Gullion TAP on BBC Evening Extra for St Patricks Day

Update published on: March 17, 2015

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A whirlwind of publicity followed the Ring of Gullion Traditional Arts Partnership after their trip to London’s Women in Unison Concert at St Ethelburgas. This is their latest flirt with the media with Conor at BBC Evening Extra.

 

And here’s the young musicians on the BBC website performing on the tube – www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30990398

St Ethelburgas Exchange visit

Update published on: January 28, 2015

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The Ring of Gullion Traditional Arts Partnership  Musical and Cultural Exchange was undertaken in London at the weekend. St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in Bishopsgate, a building rebuilt after an IRA bomb in 1993, staged a concert during the exchange in which the local musicians were able to perform: Women in Unison.

The young musicians also played a jog on the London Tube, a performance of Irish traditional music by teenagers from the Ring of Gullion Traditional Arts Partnership was one of a series of impromptu gigs that included the London Tube, Big Ben, the top deck of a bus and Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

Read the full news story here.

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