Ring of Gullion takes on London – Trad on the Tube!

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015
The Ring of Gullion Traditional Arts Partnership Musical and Cultural Exchange was undertaken in London recently through the £1.4million Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), NIEA and Newry and Mourne District Council. The Ring of Gullion Traditional Arts Partnership, which now has approximately 120 young people attending classes, supports and encourages young musicians to take part in cross community events. The performance of Irish traditional music by teenagers from the Ring of Gullion Traditional Arts Partnership was one of a series of impromptu gigs that included the London Tube, Big Ben, the top deck of a bus and Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square. St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in Bishopsgate, a building rebuilt after an IRA bomb in 1993, also staged a concert: Women in Unison. The trip to London was one of a number of cross-community initiatives planned by the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme and it’s hoped that further exchanges with St Ethelburgas and other will take place as well Des Murphy chair of the Landscape Partnership Scheme said, “We seized the opportunity given to us from our visit to the St. Ethelburgas Peace & Reconciliation Centre, London, to showcase our outstanding talented young musicians from the south Armagh’s Ring of Gullion area. “The response from the surprised audience to our young musicians on the London tube, an open top tour bus, and also at Big Ben and Trafalgar Square was priceless!”
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