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This show sees the bringing together of Irish, Ulster-Scots, and Scots-Gaelic traditions.


Willie Drennan and his band will perform their spirited brand of Ulster-Scots trad on fiddles, flutes, accordion, big drums and bagpipes. This can include master musician John Trotter who might even bring out his green ‘Irish’ trombone for a New-Age fusion rendition of the Lambeg Rant Rap.  Their performance has been described as “pure unadulterated raw Ulster Scotch”.


From the heart of the County Cavan Martin Donohoe and his merry band of talented musicians will complete the sharing of traditions. Virtuoso accordionist and raconteur Martin will deliver the pure Cavan version of pure Irish trad while blasting you with pure Cavan wit and wisdom. Martin doesn’t really have a band as such but has rather, a whole movement, of excellent Cavan musicians behind him known as NYAH.

Willie and Martin first shared a stage at a cross-border event in the Kilmore Hotel, Cavan in February 2010. Since then they have regularly performed together at events north and south of the border.  Their shared stage performances have included the All Ireland Fleadh, Ballymena Arts Festival, Ranfurly Arts Centre, Castle Saunderson, St Patrick’s Day Festivals, Mullaghaboy Orange Hall, Dalriada Festival , Taste of Cavan, and onboard a River Bann cruise boat.


Their collaboration performance includes commemoration of the effects of World War One on both sides of the border.  Willie and his Ulster Scots band have also collaborated with NYAH on their latest album entitled NYAH Culture Sharing: The Cavan Way Vol 1. 


In 2010 Colum Sands from the famous County Down musical clan and harpist/Gaelic singer Maggie MacInnes, from the famous MacNeill musical clan of Barra, produced their much-acclaimed album ‘Seedboat’. They perform a stage showfrom this album: celebrating the ancient links between Ulster and Western Scotland while capturing the essence of that shared culture.


For larger auditoriums, and depending on availability, ‘Seedboat’ can be added to ‘A Sharing of Tradition’ -  as performed at Braid Arts Centre in 2012


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A performance of music, song and recitation and storytelling



Rabbie Burns (1759 – 1796) may be recognised as the Scottish National Bard but during his lifetime his works were very popular in Ulster. Generations ever since have passed on his poetry and song.


This performance will provide insight into why the Scottish bard is still revered this side of the Irish Sea. There will be reference to Burns the man of wit and insight; the farmer, the patriot, the revolutionary, the Free-Mason, the exciseman, the soldier, the lover of women, the challenger of church and state, and the imbiber of whisky for medicinal purposes.


Willie grew up in rural County Antrim where the popular songs of Burns were often songs and his poems often recited and since his teenage years has been an enthusiast of the works of the Scottish bard. Willie first created a stage show on the works of Burns in Nova Scotia in 1996. Entitled ‘Burns: A Man For A’ That’. This show toured Eastern Canada to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Burns and was also recorded for a CBC radio show and broadcast across Canada.


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