Pianist Ruth McGinley and mezzo-soprano Carolyn Dobbin join forces to explore songs from the North of Ireland. The programme includes songs by Hamilton Harty, Howard Ferguson, Joan Trimble, Dorothy Parke and Charles Wood.
About the Northern Songs Project – by Carolyn Dobbin
The first song I ever learnt was a ballad by a Northern Irish composer and I didn’t realise at the time why I loved it so much, nor why I felt such a connection with it but I have always been drawn to these songs and have collected and performed them consistently over the years.
I always thought it was a great pity that these songs were not being performed or more well known. I had often thought it would be lovely to record them and gradually this idea became a goal. As this seed germinated and grew so did my collecting of these songs and the wish to preserve and record them.
I found a lot of the songs immensely personal as they were about places familiar to me, places where I grew up, and the texts describe the landscapes and seascapes of the area beautifully. The language used in some songs was also familiar to me. A language which would today be classified as Ulster Scots, a language my Granny and Papa spoke and which evoked cherished memories.
Venue: Portico Arts & Heritage Centre, Steel Dickson Avenue, Portaferry BT22 1LE
Date: Saturday 22 January 2022
Time: 19:30 to 21:15