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How a Belfast singer inherited stage star June Miller's old suitcase packed with sheet music... and why she's performing the songs online

The discovery of music dating from the 1860s inspired Hannah McPhillimy to record some of the songs to help boost morale among those in coronavirus lockdown, as she tells Ivan Little

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Novel idea: singer Hannah McPhillimy with the suitcase owned by June Miller

Novel idea: singer Hannah McPhillimy with the suitcase owned by June Miller

June Miller

June Miller

Happy family: June Miller enjoying time with her grandsons Peter and Mark and (front) Patrick and Conor

Happy family: June Miller enjoying time with her grandsons Peter and Mark and (front) Patrick and Conor

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Novel idea: singer Hannah McPhillimy with the suitcase owned by June Miller

A half-forgotten suitcase, which was jam-packed with hidden treasures of sheet music of songs from a bygone era, has unlocked a new initiative by a young singer to lift the spirits of older people who are in coronavirus shutdown, especially in care homes around Northern Ireland.

The suitcase had been gathering dust in a house in Belfast, but 30-year-old Hannah McPhillimy is now recording the songs to revive happier memories for older generations amid the horrific Covid-19 crisis.

The case belongs to June Miller (87), the grandmother of Hannah's fiance, Conor Lockhart.


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