Talk highlights the soul of American tunes

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American Tunes: Caledonian and Hibernian Soul is the title of a talk by Frank Ferguson from the University of Ulster which takes place on Tuesday 11 March in the Marine Hotel, Ballycastle.

The Atlantic has proved a valuable gateway for centuries for the peoples and cultures of Scotland and Ireland to find new homes and expression in North America.

In this talk, Frank will explore how Irish and Scottish song has proved influential in the work of a variety of American songwriters from Stephen Foster to Bob Dylan – and examine how Ulster, Irish and Scottish connections are found everywhere in the music of the United States from country to rap.

The Arts Officer from Moyle District Council who is promoting the event said: ”The Arts Programme is delighted to welcome Frank to the Moyle area to share some of his insights into this fascinating subject.”

Dr Frank Ferguson is Director of the University of Ulster’s Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies and project manager of the Ulster-Scots Poetry Project, which is based at the University and was funded by the Ministerial Advisory Group for the Ulster-Scots Academy.

He has written extensively on Ulster-Scots literature and its influences.

His talk forms part of the Cultural Crossings Festival, which is promoted by the Provost of the Coleraine campus, University of Ulster, in partnership with Causeway Coast Arts, of which Moyle District Council Arts Programme is a member.

The talk will take place on Tuesday 11 March at 8pm in the Marine Hotel, 1-3 North Street, Ballycastle.

All tickets are priced at £2, either payable in advance or on the door.

For advance bookings please telephone 028 207 62024.