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Illustrated Talk by Nigel Bouiller: Country Fiddling and Dancing in East & Central Co. Down

  • Crescent Arts Centre 2-4 University Rd Belfast (map)

Nigel Boullier is the author of Handed Down, an invaluable documentation of the traditional fiddle playing and dancing culture in County Down, in particular areas to the east and centre. Spanning over three decades in its development, Nigel's stunning book presents a snapshot taken in 2012. The project is unique within traditional music and dance in Ireland due to the demographic nature of the county – the musicians, their music and dance, having been drawn from both unionist and nationalist communities.

Much of the material, including some 500 pieces of music, 30 dances and profiles on 300 fiddle players, has to date gone unrecorded. This led to research into the development of traditional music and dance in County Down, including the origin of many of the popular dances, the extensive network of dancing masters in the 1700s, and how fiddle players practiced their art in the late 1800s and into the twentieth century. Overall the project sheds fresh light on many of the commonly held perceptions regarding our culture.

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Earlier Event: January 8
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Later Event: February 10
Whistle Workshop with Conor Lamb