Switch on Culture Night with venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland as they open their doors to host a programme of free entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.
This year the SEAC opens its doors and invites you to come in and enjoy ‘Hand Me Down: Séamus Ennis’; a documentary profile on the life, times and talent of our namesake, uilleann piper extraordinaire, singer and traditional music collector Séamus Ennis.
Doireann Ní Bhriain travels to Naul accompanied by Séamus, who shows her some of the historic spots of the town such as The Black Castle. A skilled storyteller, Séamus tells how his great grandfather eloped from Scotland and set up home on a farm in Naul. “Sleepy Naul, they called it then and they still call it now.”
His father and grandfather were both musicians and his father went on to form the Naul Pipe Band. Naul, was home to his family for quite a few generations.
The opening performance was recorded at the 3rd annual Lisdoonvarna Festival which took place in August 1980. Ennis begins his performance with the old set dance ‘The Ace and Deuce of Piping’.
Presented by Doireann Ní Bhriain ‘Hand Me Down’ was a six part series of documentaries on local traditions and musicians. This episode was the first in the series and was broadcast in April 1981.
Doors Open: 8:00pm
Commences At: 8:30pm
In advance: FREE
At the door: FREE