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Ulster Scots Celebrations In Burnavon Promises Night To Remember

20 June 2016

The Burnavon promises an unrivalled night of Ulster Scots-inspired music, song and dance next month.

Traditional Celtic folk group, Camhanach, makes a return to the Burnavon, headlining this year’s ‘July Celebrations Concert’, playing well-known pieces as well as self-penned songs and tunes added to their repertorire.

Founding member of the group, Mark Carmichael, is a multi-instrumentalist with guitar, bouzouki, whistles, Uilleann pipes and Highland bagpipes as well as vocals and songwriting under his belt. On vocals and piano is Mark’s wife Ellie Doodey who began her musical career as a classical singer and both will be joined by Paul Cummings, bass guitar, Ciaran Gallen guitar and Sean McKernan drums.

Also taking to the stage is the Ulster Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Concert Band made up of children receiving tuition in schools, the band has already competed at the World Pipe Band Championships, and will be bringing a blend of Highland piping and drumming to the Cookstown venue.

The Johnston School of Highland Dancing, led by performer, competitor, choreographer and teacher, Michelle Johnston, will also be performing, as will local vocalist, Hannah Ferguson, a member of Stewartstown Amateur Dramatic Society who played Dorothy in the group’s Wizard of Oz panto in January.

The concert will be hosted by well-known compere, comedian and after dinner speaker Ian Coalter, and audiences can look forward to an evening showcasing the best of Ulster Scots culture, according to Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson:

“The line-up for this year’s concert is excellent, with the acclaimed Camhanach back again and the fresh young talent of the pipers, drummers, dancers and singers to enjoy, this event is one which anyone with an interest in Ulster Scots will not want to miss”.

The July Celebrations concert takes place on Saturday 9 July at 8pm in the Burnavon, Cookstown. Tickets, priced £10, are available from the Box Office, Tel: 028 8676 9949 or online at www.burnavon.com.

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