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Roots/Folk Music 23/10/09

By Damien Murray

There are still some musical gems hidden in the programme for the final week of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, including folk legend Peggy Seeger next Thursday (October 29).

As Pete Seeger's half-sister and Ruth Crawford Seeger's daughter, Peggy was in the vanguard of the 60s folk movement, and was the inspiration for Ewan MacColl’s classic, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

Known for her activist songwriting, Seeger will be joined at the Elmwood Hall by one of Britain’s most influential folk bands, Waterson:Carthy.

The group features Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy with their daughter, singer and fiddle player, Eliza Carthy, plus returning original member, Saul Rose.

Meanwhile, traditional music fans can wallow in a true Feast of Trad at the Ulster Hall tomorrow night (October 24) with the electrifying trad trio of Mairtin O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd.

The bill also includes Lunasa and Liadan, whose ethereal harmonies are reminiscent of an early Clannad.

And for those looking for a folk fix outside of Belfast, the Roe Valley Folk Festival runs until Sunday in Limavady.

damien.murray@hotmail.co.uk

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