The Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) Letterkenny has two brilliant free concerts to mark Canada Day today, Sunday July 1st as part of the massive North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) that has been taking place across Derry City and County Donegal.
The Fiddle Convention has been an incredible success, with one magnificent sell-out concert after another, and has certainly lived up to its billing as the Olympics of the Fiddle.
If you’ve been lucky to get to any of the events so far you have another treat in store at the RCC on Sunday and if you haven’t managed to get to anything yet, this is your opportunity to get a taste of NAFCo. The incredible free afternoon programme at the RCC this Sunday features a lunchtime concert with Oh My Darling and the Pierre Schryer Trio both from Canada at 1.15pm, followed by a light Canadian lunch and ending with the Music Makers at 4pm. The whole afternoon is suitable for people of all ages including children and is completely free of charge, even the food.
Canada Day on Sunday July 1st
The wonderful lunchtime concert at 1.15pm features Winnipeg’s Bluegrass girl band Oh My Darling and thePierre Schryer Trio from Ontario. With a sweet name and even sweeter sound, Oh My Darling conjures up the right mix of emotion and elation with their unique brand of country. Infused with dynamic vocals, brilliant claw-hammer banjo, inspired fiddling, and grooving bass, their music will get your hips swinging, toes tapping, and put your heart right into their hands. Pierre Schryer Trio is the collaboration of three stunning musicians incorporating elements of Classical, and World Music and the Celtic fiddle styles of Scotland, Ireland and Canada. As a solo performer Pierre has received numerous awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion.
The final fantastic free NAFCo event at the RCC is The Music Makers at 4pm on Sunday July 1st. It combines award-winning film of instrument makers who carve, plane, and glue with skill while their instruments are played live in concert by leading Irish musicians Julie Langan, Finbarr Naughton, Brian Lofthouse and John Butler. The Music Makers is a visually and aurally stunning celebration of instrument and music making. It provides a chance for audiences to see the inner workings of instrument makers’ workshops, gives a great insight into the skill involved in bringing an instrument into being and is a truly wonderful live music gig.