Martin McGinley, tour guide for Donegal Fiddle Day. Photograph: Brendan O’Neill.
One of the more peculiar events in the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention programme is the Donegal Fiddle Day on Saturday, 30 June, consisting of a bus tour through south-west Donegal, with tour guides/fiddle players Martin McGinley (editor of the Derry Journal) and Dermie Diamond, as well as performances along the way from members of the celebrated Donegal fiddle family the Campbells. The bus departs Derry at 10am and costs £25. The tickets includes entrance into the Strathspey Stories Concert and Session in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties, starting at 8pm
The latter is a narrated concert exploring the musical links between Donegal, Scotland and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia featuring fiddlers, pipers, singers and dancers from each of the three areas. The performers are Tommy Peoples, Fidil, Paul Anderson, Andrea Beaton, Janine Randall, Dawn and Margie Beaton, Frank McConnell, Finn Moore, Mary Anne, Kennedy and Paddy McMenamin; and the narration is by Caoimhín MacAoidh. This is followed by a ‘Pass the Fiddle’ session with Vincent, Jimmy and Peter Campbell and friends. Entry to this concert separately costs €10.
Published on 23 May 2012