Highlights of this year’s South Roscommon Singers Festival include a Soapbox & Songs event at the Harrison Court in Roscommon town, starting at 3 pm on Friday, 25th of October, on the theme of Climate Change/Global Warming. Here the aim is to combine and celebrate the great traditions of Free Speech, Political Oratory, Folk Song, Satire, Drama, Poetry, Mime & Artistry.
Headlining this event, from the musical perspective, will be The Strawberry Thieves – a socialist choir from London and Ukephoric – Roscommon Ukulele Collective, with a host of guest speakers, balladeers and performance artists also taking part.
Saturday’s highlight will be the ‘I’ll Fly Away’ Church Concert at St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery. Starting at 8 pm sharp, this is a concert of Gospel songs, Spirituals and songs of inspiration, with headline acts: LANDLESS, an all girl, bi-national, four-part harmony group; London duo Nicola Kearey & Ian Carter, aka Stick in the Wheel with their raw minimalism, setting vocals to simple accompaniments and handclaps and West Virginia girl Alice Wylde and her husband David with their unique style and delivery of Appalachian Church Songs and much, much more.
Also on the bill are many more local and visiting guests – two hours of inspiring entertainment in the magnificent setting and the acoustic bliss of St. Patrick’s Church.
On Sunday, the highlight of the afternoon will be a music, song and dance ‘Floor Show’ in Paddy Finn’s in Kilteevan. This will include the presentation of the Roscommon People sponsored ‘Annie McNulty Award’ to An Góilín Traditional Singers Club from Dublin.
Other events to look out for over the weekend are a couple of very interesting Song Talks, Recitals and Singing Sessions galore at Murray’s and Ned’s Bar, Knockcroghery.