News - "Add some salt to your taste in music" Shanty singing gets a boost in Rosses Point as Harry's launches The Wild Atlantic Sessions
As a follow on to the interest in Shanties generated through the Festival, our local groups, and the designation of Rosses Point as a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way - Harrys Bar and Gastro Pub is introducing The Wild Atlantic Sessions.
The session is aimed at all those who like maritime song and music and will run on the last Saturday of each month.
The session is aimed at giving people a chance to listen, sing along or indeed take a spot in singing shanties sea songs stories and music. It's designed to be informal and with singer songwriter Ian Bordley at the helm promises to be a great nights entertainment.
Come along to Rosses Point and add a little salt to your taste in music. The
next session is on Saturday the 26th April @ 10pm.
New Irish TV station tunes into Rosses Point Shanty Festival
A NEW TV service aimed at an international audience of Irish emigrants is showing Rosses Point Shanty Festival as part of its programming.
Cameras were in Rosses Point last week as Irish TV was announcing the creation of 150 jobs for an around-the-clock service aimed at the diaspora in North America, Europe and Great Britain. Filming on the shanty festival was being done as part of a programme focusing on the village and Sligo town. Presenter Claire Ronan, from Ballincar, was in the village interviewing Brian Feeney, one of the festival organisers, about Rosses Point Shanty Festival, which is acknowledged as the number one shanty festival in Ireland.
"The shanty festival is unique in its appeal to all age groups," said Brian. "We were explaining to viewers how this has been achieved through its mix of international and local talent, great craic, stunning seascapes and the warmth of welcome by the Rosses Point community."
Also being interviewed were Sligo Harbourmaster Captain Redmond Gillen, who was filmed talking about the village's maritime heritage, and RNLI crew Willie Murphy, Eithne Davis, Andrea Hunter and Daryl Ewing who give an insight into the running of the lifeboat station.
The new TV station, which is based in Westport, will be launched by Enda Kenny on May 1 on Freesat, Sky and the US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
The programme is expected to be aired near the date of the shanty festival, Friday, June 13 to Sunday, June 15. Details on the timing of the screening will be carried on www.rossespointshanty.com along with the full line-up of the performers and programme.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Claire Ronan interviews Brian Feeney about Rosses Point Shanty Festival for Irish TV which will be screened around the world
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