Major fiddle exhibition in Letterkenny

‘Fiddle Case’, a large-scale art and social history exhibition that explores the North Atlantic Fiddle Tradition as a living tradition encompassing both music and dance, opens at the Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny this coming Tuesday, June 12 and continues until Sunday, July 1.

‘Fiddle Case’, a large-scale art and social history exhibition that explores the North Atlantic Fiddle Tradition as a living tradition encompassing both music and dance, opens at the Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny this coming Tuesday, June 12 and continues until Sunday, July 1.

It introduces people to the incredibly rich array of traditional music played by fiddle players from different countries on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Regions and countries featured include - Donegal, Ireland, Shetland, Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden, Cape Breton, Canada and the USA. ‘Fiddle Case’ is a multimedia exhibition - with information panels, fiddles and other artefacts, music, film, photographs, and a children’s hands-on area and activity sheet. It presents the fascinating story of the fiddle as a wonderfully entertaining experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

The exhibition team is Harriet Purkis, Curator, Aidan O’Donnell, Research, Dr. Fintan Vallely, Consultant and Mitchell Davies, Design. It is open between 11am and 5pm, Tuesday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm Saturdays, and 11am to 5pm Sunday, July 1. Admission is free, everyone is welcome. The official opening of the ‘Fiddle Case’ exhibition will be held at the Regional Cultural Centre tomorrow, Monday June 11 at 7.30pm, everyone is warmly invited to attend. There is a wide programme of free lunchtime concerts, talks and films at the RCC to accompany the exhibition. ‘Fiddle Case’ is specially commissioned by The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) Derry/Donegal 2012 and produced by the Regional Cultural Centre.

NAFCo Derry/Donegal 2012 takes place from June 26 to July 1 and is the first time this Olympics of the Fiddle World has been held in Ireland. It is an international gathering of fiddle players, dancers, music academics, teachers and music lovers celebrating common musical traditions over six, event-packed, days and nights. The programme includes an academic conference at University of Ulster Magee, talks and lectures, work shops and master classes, lunchtime concerts, themed tours, family days out, a trade fair, and premiere performances of a series of specially commissioned new works.

An amazing evening concert programme includes – A Taste of NAFCo with Blazing Fiddles and Lua, McGrory’s Culdaff June 26, A Feast Of Fiddles with Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, Sandino’s Derry June 27, The String Sisters, An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny June 29, Strathspey Stories with Fidil and Tommy Peoples, Highlands Hotel Glenties June 30 and The Chieftains, The Plaza Buncrana July 1.

For further information and booking go to www.nafco2012.com. Among the main funders of the event are University of Ulster Magee Derry, Inishowen Development Partnership Ltd., Donegal Local Development Company Ltd., Arts Council of Northern Ireland, An Comhairle Ealaion, Donegal CDB Peace III, Derry City Council, Donegal County Council, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Creative Scotland and the UK Cultural Olympiad.