Friday 18 August 2017

Galway is confused, but he's right about Paisley

For his own sake, the brilliant musician James Galway should stay well away from politics, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

CRITICAL: James Galway outraged some unionists with his harsh words about Ian Paisley and his role in the Troubles
CRITICAL: James Galway outraged some unionists with his harsh words about Ian Paisley and his role in the Troubles
Ian Paisley
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

There was uproar in Northern Ireland last week over a row started by a flute player. And, no, I don't mean one of those in a garish uniform who occasionally misbehave outside a Roman Catholic Church. I mean Sir James Galway.

"The Man with the Golden Flute" came from a materially poor but musically rich family that was part of the strong band-culture that is a glory of the Ulster Protestant tradition.

At 11, James Galway won the junior, senior and open Belfast flute championships all on the same day, and a life of international achievement, riches and respect followed.

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