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Stonewall Folk Group launches Debut CD, “Built...

26 June 2009

On June 25 at The Market Theatre in Armagh, the Portadown, Tandragee and South Armagh based Ulster-Scots folk group, Stonewall launched their debut C.D. titled “Built in Belfast”.

The Stonewall folk group comprises singer songwriter Colin Slaine, lead vocals, keyboards, flute & accordion, Kenny Qua on flute, fife, whistles, and guitar, and Andrew Cornett on drums, percussion and vocals.


With the 400 seat theatre packed to capacity the talented three-piece along with several special guest performers, served up an exceptional night of Ulster-Scots music and dance.

The theatre resounded to the sound of the highland pipes, accordion, Lambeg, flute and fife. Guest artists on the night included the superb piping talent that is Richard Magowan, the young and expert Lambeg drummer Josh Turbitt, The brilliant singing duo the Greenlee Sisters, Amy & Lesley.  Fiddlesticks fiddle orchestra from Markethill, under the guidance of their tutor, Mr Keith Lyttle.  Mid Armagh Community Networks Scottish Dancers and local Country and Western star Colin Elliot. The concert was very ably compered by Annalong based comedian Mr. Leonard Shields.


The new C.D. is a well thought out mixture of old favourites like “The Green Fields of France” and” Will Ye go Lassie go” along with a number of songs penned by the lads themselves.  New songs like “In the Shadow of the Cranes” and Willie McCandless take a reminiscent look at the Harland & Wolff Shipyard while “The Galloway Lass” tells the story of a Kilkeel fishing boats last journey out to sea. There are a number of flute and accordion tunes like “The Boys of Belfast “ and an extraordinary piping set by Richard Magowan.


Stonewall proved on the night that they are among the very best when it comes to entertaining an audience, their on-stage banter and laid back attitude, coupled with their undoubted musical skills, kept their audience enthralled during the duration of the three hour show.


The new C.D. captures the musical mood of our Capital City hence the name “Built in Belfast”.  It is good listening and extremely well worth its £10 price tag.


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