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Ballymote music brought to life

Hours of unseen concert recordings turned into a video

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Michael Hurley, Tina Philips, Tim Mulcahy

Michael Hurley, Tina Philips, Tim Mulcahy

Michael Hurley, Tina Philips, Tim Mulcahy

CCÉ Paddy Killoran have announced that they will be going ahead this year with their annual Concert, but with a twist!

For nearly twenty years now, the local Comhaltas branch in Ballymote have run their annual Paddy Killoran Concert and this year will be no different. That's according to branch member and co producer, Tim Mulcahy.

"Like many groups and organisations throughout the country, our activities have ceased.

"Music classes, the county and provincial fleadhanna and the All-Ireland Fleadh have all fallen victim to the pandemic.

"Music sessions and concerts are a memory for most of us now and it will probably be next year before normality returns", he said. "But, during the early part of the lockdown, Michael Hurley and myself amazingly uncovered hours of unseen recordings of previous concerts and live Comhaltas events here in Ballymote. A treasure trove of music and song."

So a plan was hatched to go through each of the archive recordings and produce a video concert of some of the many acts and events that graced the stage in the town. With the help of the Comhaltas Meitheal Office in Gurteen and the encouragement of Comhaltas director general, Labhrás O'Murchú, Michael and Tim have produced two concert programmes of 30 minutes each.

"We are very grateful to Paddy Conboy, a former branch vice chairman, whose passion for video recording has left us with such wonderful memories of our events over the years and to Tina Phillips in the Meitheal studio in Gurteen for her help and patience on the technical side of this production," Tim said. "And if these go well for us we might do a few more, the material is there", he said.

"Memories of Ballymote programmes 1 and 2(our concert from the archives) will be available on the Paddy Killoran Facebook page from Saturday night, the 18th of July.

"We hope that its played and shared as it will no doubt bring back some lovely memories of the musicians and singers, past and present, who took part here over the years," he added.

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