Sunday, 13 September 2015

Night Airs in Skerries, Soundwaves Festival, Ireland

 Part of the blurb:  an eclectic miscellany of vibrant words and music, and undoubtedly one of the highlights of last year’s Soundwaves.... (in) the uniquely atmospheric surroundings of the Mills after dark.
It will be great to read with Enda Coyle-Greene and  many other poets, along with Hugh Buckley and other musicians.

I'm particularly excited to be going to Skerries as it is where  'The Mountains of Mourne' is said to have been written.  I know a lot of English and American people think that this song is Traditional and therefore by Anon.  But it was in fact written by the famous Percy French, an Edwardian singer, songwriter (and watercolourist) beloved in Ireland where everyone knows his songs and still sings them.  I am particularly proud to be a kinswoman (on the maternal side).  There's a fantastic view of the Mournes from there and the locals have placed a bench in his honour at the spot with the best view where he probably stood.   I'm looking forward to sitting on the bench and looking at 'where the Mountains of  Mourne sweep down to the sea'.

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