Hello everyone! It’s been a busy few months of research, interviews, and music hunting, but here is a gem from the past to tide you over and peak your interests about culture in Northern Ireland. As my project begins to blossom there will be much more to come so please stay tuned! Much love from the Emerald Isle,
Halloween in Derry City was a fantastic experience! I had been told by several people around Belfast that Derry was the place to be because of all their festivities and the magnificent congregation of artists, both musicians and costume designers. The street performers in costume were hired by Derry City Council from a group called “In Your Space,” a group of freelance artists and performers who focus on providing spectacular visual performance in public areas. The musicians were a collection of local and more well-known groups that were selected to perform during the festival, which was organized beautifully by the City Council. The music groups included “Paul Casey”, a vocalist and slide guitar player who has garnered acclaim in the U.S. for his unique style and has performed with many famous local names. “Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas” has a distinctive blend of folk music, pop and punk, and have performed around Ireland to much acclaim since the release of their debut album in 2010. The singing trio of “Belle Amie” is most well known for their selection in the X Factor in 2010, and their style is centered on pop and wild fashion.
To see a city so well known for the many atrocities from the recent thirty year conflict cut loose and go crazy in a relaxed and festive atmosphere was inspiring. It speaks volumes for Northern Ireland’s progression towards peace and I was thrilled to have been a part of Derry City’s Halloween fun.