Inishowen Traditional Music Project Presents:
ARCHIVE 23 is a project carried out by ITMP to collect, record and present 23 traditional musicians and singers from Inishowen. It is a celebration of the living and evolving music of the area.
The aim of the project is to film and document the traditional music of the area as it is in 2023.
The film features performances of tunes and songs from the local repertoire, along with new compositions. The film gives an insight as to how the music is currently being played and how musicians are being inspired from the local tradition, and how they are developing their own individual music music from it.
This is a hybrid event will feature a documentary film, which is edited from the short individual films made for this project.
The event will also feature musicians who will perform live after the screening.
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ARTISTS FEATURED IN ARCHIVE 23
From Buncrana, Tom Byrne is acknowledged as a virtuoso on the diatonic and chromatic harmonica, and button accordion.
Michael Gallanagh from Buncrana is a key figure in music and songs of the peninsula.
Paul Harrigan is an accomplished musician on both uilleann pipes and piano accordion and is a respected and versatile musician and composer.
Jack Houston from Burt has spent many years in college in Scotland and has immersed himself in the music of both Donegal and Scotland.
Melanie Houton is from Portaleen, Malin. Melanie is from a musical family and now living in Belfast she is very active in the Belfast Trad scene.
Shaun McDaid is from the Isle of Doagh in Clonmany. From a musical family Shaun has gathered many tunes from the older generation of accordion players in his area.
Paul McClure is from Linsfort, Buncrana but now lives in Galway. Paul devotes his time to performing, recording, composing and teaching music.
Teresa McClure from Linsfort, Buncrana is a celebrated accordion player. Teresa has taught many All-Ireland champions over the years.
Eamonn McGonigle is a fiddle player who is steeped in the music of Clonmany. His family are acclaimed in the singing and fiddle traditions of the area.
Deirdre McGrory is a singer and whistle player from Culdaff. She is a graduate of the World Academy of Music, at the University of Limerick.
Ella McGrory is a piano and fiddle player from Culdaff. Ella is a recent graduate of the World Academy of Music, at the University of Limerick.
Roisin McGrory has recorded and performed in various musical collaborations. Roisin released her debut album ‘The Brae Road’ in 2016 and her new album ‘Pór’ will be released in November 2023
Edel McLaughlin comes from Burnfoot and is a great exponent of the piano accordion, piano and whistle. Edel has received national awards on all three instruments.
Joleen McLaughlin from Drumaville, Malin, is an accomplished harp and piano player. She is in demand as a solo performer, composer, accompanist and arranger in many genres of music.
Paddy McLaughlin from Moville has spent his life immersed in the music of the area. As a principal in the local primary school Paddy spent many years passing on the music and songs to local children
Siobhan O’Connor is from Carndonagh and has won national acclaim on both whistle and flute. From a musical family, Siobhan graduated from Conservatory of Music and Drama at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Thomas Strain is from Burnfoot. He was introduced to music through his father and grandmother and soon developed a love for fiddle playing and composition.
Grace Toland was raised in Clonmany, Inishowen. A highly acclaimed traditional singer, Grace is a great exponent of the rich tradition of unaccompanied singing.