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Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionán Sands, County Down, Northern Ireland
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An internationally celebrated singer, songwriter, storyteller, and social activist, Sands was raised with traditional music in County Down, Northern Ireland. As a member of the influential Sands Family folk ensemble, he introduced international audiences to Irish music during the 1960s and laid the groundwork for its current worldwide popularity. Author of such classic songs as "There Were Roses," "Daughters and Sons," and "Come on Home to the County Down," he has seen his works translated into many languages and recorded by such artists as Joan Baez, Kathy Mattea, and Dolores Keane. Over the decades, his artistic integrity, engaging style, and commitment to peace and dialog between peoples of different backgrounds have contributed to his worldwide renown.
November 6, 2008, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
“It's Of My Rambles...” A Journey in the Song Tradition of Ulster
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Traditional singer and song collector Len Graham, from County Antrim in Northern Ireland, explores the folk song tradition of his native Ulster. He provides examples with live performances of songs in English on many themes, including early classic ballads, broadside ballads, and songs of love, politics, emigration and many other topics
Len Graham has been a professional traditional singer since 1982 and he has received many awards for his work as a singer and collector. In 1993 he received the Sean O'Boyle Cultural Traditions Award for his book and field recordings entitled 'It's Of My Rambles….' In 2002 he was the first recipient of the Irish television TG4 National Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year, and in 2008 he received the Tommy Makem Keeper of the Tradition Award. Here I Am Amongst You, his book on the songs, music and traditions of Joe Holmes (1906-78) is due for publication by Queen's University, Belfast in late 2008.
December 4, 2008, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
"I Am a Wee Weaver": Weaving and Singing in Northern Ireland
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