Friday 19 July 2019

Project to breathe new life into Blackwater songs

Blackwater from a bygone era
Blackwater from a bygone era

Pádraig Byrne

Songs, poetry, ballads and recitation relating to the Blackwater area are to form an exciting new project by singer Aileen Lambert and the Wayside Players called 'By Land and Sea'. The project also has the backing of Wexford County Council through the Creative Communities Programme.

Members of the public are invited to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, November 7, at 8 p.m. in the Blackwater Lodge Hotel where the project is to be officially launched by local councillor Oliver Walsh. Singers Aileen Lambert and Senan Lillis will give a presentation on songs/recitations and sources already identified and it is hoped that new material may come to light with all contributions welcome. As Aileen also has experience composing new airs the project would also be interested in any recitations or verse written locally which could be adapted to become a song.

'Participants do not necessarily need to be singers, or indeed sing at all,' Aileen explained. 'As long as you have an interest in the project you are most welcome, as there will be roles for researchers and work in compiling lyrics, photos and background to the songs.'

Participants will meet fortnightly on Monday nights from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. to research material as well as sing the songs and the project will culminate with the production of a book of Blackwater songs with an accompanying CD of local singers called 'By Land and Sea' which will be launched with a concert in April 2019.

If you would like to find out more or get involved you can contact Senan Lillis, Wayside Players, Blackwater on 0861681429, or follow the Blackwater Song Project on social media.

Enniscorthy Guardian