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Jolly Rooks Festival - Hillsborough

09 September 2016, Various, Hillsborough

Runs to 18 September 2016

Downshire Ulster-Scots Society will be hosting the first ever ‘Jolly Rooks Festival in Hillsborough from 9-18th September. The Festival takes its name from the swarm of rook birds that flock into the village of Hillsborough and it rural hinterland to roost at dusk in the Autumn time.

Ulster-Scots music will be promoted through a bluegrass festival on 9th and 10th September.  On Friday night the Down and Out Bluegrass band will weave their own interpretation of bluegrass music to festival audiences.  This event will also include a dialogue on Ulster-Scots history for those seeking to find out more.

Cup O’ Joe will be providing an intimate gig where they can demonstrate their unique sound and musical ability.  The three siblings from Markethill have taken the NI bluegrass and gypsy swing scene by storm over recent years and took the runner up place in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2015.  A supper will be provided at this event at the atmospheric Hillsborough Courthouse along with recitations of WF Marshall’s ‘Ulster Sails West’ and other works.

The Jolly Rooks Festival will incorporate European Heritage Weekend on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September with free entry to historic buildings and other sites within the town and will also include ‘Culture Night’ on the 16th September.

A performance of the 1974 pamphlet ‘The Hillsborough By-pass’ written in Ulster-Scots by Patric Stevenson will look to promote the links between Hillsborough and the Ulster Scots language.  The two person theatrical performance will bring to life the conversation between the A1 and the Hillsborough Bypass at the time of the opening of the latter.

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