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World Fiddle Day celebrations in Derry

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s brand new traditional music academy has organised a full day of events to celebrate World Fiddle Day on Saturday 21st May.

World Fiddle is the one day in the year when all of those who play that wide “fiddle”/ “violin” family of instruments can celebrate their wondrous beauty. The event co-incides each year with anniversary of famous instrument maker, Antonio Stradivari.

Amongst the line-up of fiddlers taking part in the Cultúrlann’s event is Buncrana fiddler and Ulster University traditional music lecturer, Liz Doherty, Niall Murphy (Cara Dillon band), Troy Mac Gillivray (from Cape Breton, Cananda) and Dermy Diamond (Belfast).

Morning and afternoon workshops will be on offer for intermediate and advanced level musicians, as well as a special workshop for complete beginners with Fermanagh musician Maggie Maguire, ‘My First Fiddle Lesson’.

Dermy Diamond and Troy Mac Gillivray will deliver a special afternoon workshop at 2:30pm on North American Fiddle Styles, focusing on Old-Time and Cape Breton music.

Fiddle players and fans of traditional music are also invited to attend a free lunchtime session in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin from 12:30pm.

All-Ireland Fleadh champion Niall Murphy will exhibit his unique, energetic fiddle playing in an evening concert alongside Dónal Murphy (Four Men and a Dog) and Mike Galvin in his exciting new trio, Breaking Trad.

Liz Doherty, who is the Director of Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s Traditional Music Academy, said: World Fiddle Day is all about celebrating the fiddle in traditions all around the world. Here at the Acadamh we are delighted to showcase a range of fiddle styles from Ireland to North America in both learning and performance settings.

Full information on Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s World Fiddle Day programme is available online at www.culturlann-doire.ie. For concert tickets and workshop registration, click here. For box office and further information, call 02871 264 132.