Culture lovers were treated to a sensitive mix of music and poetry at a private concert organised by Moyle Amnesty Group at Thyme & Co, Ballycastle, to celebrate 50 years of Amnesty International.
The line-up featured clarinettist Keith Donald of Moving Hearts, whose impressive jazz and Irish folk-influenced set, along with his heartwarmingly witty storytelling, captivated the audience. Moyle Amnesty Group is especially grateful to Keith for donating to the group the proceeds from sales made on the night of his solo album, ‘The Calm after the Storm’.
Keith’s jazzy tones were complimented by the beautifully haunting voice of celebrated local singer/songwriter Meghan McWilliams, who opened the evening with an affecting set of songs on love and loss.
Continuing this theme were Molly Gorman and Catherine Dallat, whose dramatic reading of an anonymous poem of the experiences of two women in Chile during the military coup (1973) served as a poignant reminder of the essence and purpose of the event, of Moyle Amnesty Group, and of Amnesty International itself – to speak out for those affected by human rights injustices throughout the world.
Moyle Amnesty Group is extremely grateful to everyone who came along and whose generous donations totalled over £600. A spokesperson explained: “These kind contributions will allow the group to grow, and provide us with the means to welcome the Moyle community to bigger events in the future.
“We would also like to thank Tom, Eamer and all the staff at Thyme & Co. for their generous hospitality in offering the venue free of charge and for their continued support. And, of course, we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to Keith, Meghan, Molly and Catherine for sharing their talents with us in the name of Amnesty International.”