Artscope presents

Half a Millennium of Music
from North Roscommon

Audio * Visual * Listening * Learning

Audio * Visual * Listening * Learning

Presented by Artscope Follow the Tune will follow and present the cultural footprint of the music and song of the area of North Roscommon. Each performance will celebrate this rich cultural landscape that over centuries has been the backdrop to some of the most powerful and loved pieces of music in the Irish canon.

Over four days Follow the Tune will create a microcosm of the wider North Roscommon music landscape, within and around King House, through live-music, audio/visual posts, conversations, lectures and a general sharing of legacy. The events will range from concerts curated by some of the top musicians in the country – John Carty, Cathy Jordan and Martin Tourish – to concert workshops for students and adults alike and for those wanting a more in-depth knowledge of the subject matter lectures and discussions will be held in advance of concerts.

Having worked with the Arts Office of Roscommon County Council in 2021, under the Covid confines of Phase 1 and 2 of the Local Live Performance Scheme, between August and December 2021, Artscope produced 12 films and many recordings of local music. These recordings will also be used over the weekend and will form the foundation for which the audiences will begin their journey into appreciating the music and songs of the area. Click here to see the films.

Already over 12,000 viewers have tuned into the Local & Live, Follow the Tune films since December 2021, which certainly shows an appetite for the music.

So join us as we present the story and the music of local areas such as Lough Key, Boyle, Eastersnow, Croghan, Corrigeenroe, Elphin, Keadue, Ballyfarnon, The Curlews and more.

A novel project and one that showcases the rich cultural heritage of an area, as well as displaying the quality of musicians and musicianship which has emerged from this region.

  • Saturday, 21 May • From 12.30pm • Daytime Events

    As part of Follow the Tune John and James Carty will officially launch the Wavy Bow Collection in King House in their hometown of Boyle. Accompanying them for the launch will be Shane McGowan on guitar...

Key Contributors to Follow the Tune
Performers, Collaborators & Contributors

Martin Tourish, researcher, artistic director, accordion, member of Altan and TG4 Gradam Ceoil Young Musician recipient
John Carty, fiddle & banjo, TG4 Gradam Ceoil recipient
Matt Molloy, flute and member of The Chieftains, TG4 Gradam Ceoil recipient
Mossie Martin, fiddle
Cathy Jordan, vocals & member of Dervish
Fiachra Guihen, harp
Emma Benson, harp
Padraic Collins, harp
Bernard Flaherty, whistle & flute
Francie & Helen Grehan, mandolin, guitar & vocals
James Carty, fiddle
Catherine Fagan, singer
Cian Cunniffe, fiddle
Kevin Regan, vocals
Brian McGrath, piano
Joe Kennedy, bodhran
Shane McGowan, guitar
Music Generation Roscommon Youth Voices
Young Traditional Players from Music Generation Roscommon
Ellen Glennon and Katrina Bouchier, Music Generation Roscommon
Caroline Wynne, Creative Director
Special thanks to Rhona McGrath and Áine Butler, Rosommon County Council Arts Office.