Soundscape to be played in Roscommon streets

Local artist Nollaig Molloy recently told the Roscommon People that recordings she had made with a group of Roscommon women will be played through speakers at the Harrison Centre in Roscommon town for the next two weeks.

  She said: “I led a series of workshops in May 2016 as part of Roscommon Arts Centre’s Bealtaine programme. I worked with a group of women from Roscommon to explore sound, spoken word and the voice as a medium, recalling stories, memories and local lore. 

  “During the workshops myself, Maura Monaghan, Freda Gavigan, Eibhlín Mhig Flionn and Marie Benedetti recorded stories, songs and sounds of the environment of Roscommon town from Loughnanane Park to Roscommon Mart and places in between.

  “The workshops unfolded as exercises for the participants to become aware of our environment and experience it solely through one sense. The result of these workshops was the creation of a soundscape encapsulating the immersive experience of Roscommon through sound. For the next two weeks the soundscape entitled ‘Rambling’ will be installed and played through speakers on the pedestrian street of Harrison Centre in Roscommon town. 

  “The title ‘Rambling’ refers to the old Irish tradition of rambling; visiting a neighbour’s house or aimlessly walking through the countryside. With thanks to Roscommon Arts Centre, ROSFM and Sean Doyle & Sons Ltd.”