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Drumming Recital at Greyabbey Primary School

Music, Co Down

Pupils of Greyabbey Primary School in the Ards Peninsula in Co Down were treated to a drumming recital by members of the local junior Lambeg drumming club.

The children recieved basic tuition in Lambeg drumming, and in Highland dancing by a dance group. The Lambeg drummers were accompanied by a tin whistle. The performance was well received by the pupils and their teachers. Dance tutor Kelly Forsythe, from Kilkeel, found some very enthusiastic pupils keen to learn the dance routines. Drumming tutor Joseph Long, a former pupil of the school, was kept busy with many pupils lining up to get their go on the Lambeg drum.

Joseph gave the pupils the tuition, and the talk during the concert in his native Ulster-Scots language, the hamely tongue of Greba, explaining how the Scottish Laird Hugh Montgomery and his family settled in Greyabbey (Greba) in the early 1600s, at their Rosemount home.

The school principal Mrs Jane Harden retired in June after 23 years at Greyabbey and, although not a native of the village, she impressed those in attendance with her translation of the Ulster-Scots “Heidi Ba Agin The Wa” game.

Greyabbey Junior Drumming Club meets on a Thursday evening in Greyabbey Orange hall for tin whistle and Lambeg drum tuition, while the dance class meets on a Tuesday evening for highland dance tuition. The classes are supported by the Ulster-Scots Agency.

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