‘Fiddle and the Fife’ exhibition launches in Ballymena

AN exhibition showcasing the rich musical heritage in the local area was launched at Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid in Ballymena.

‘The Fiddle and the Fife’ exhibition highlights the development of traditional music performed on stage and played for traditional dance.

This exhibition has been delivered in collaboration between Mid Antrim Museum, local musicians Johnny Murphy and Willie Drennan and filmmaker David McClean.

Speaking at the launch event, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Cllr Maureen Morrow, said: “This exhibition provides us with an invaluable record of the origins and development of musical traditions within the Mid & East Antrim area.

“The Fiddle and the Fife supports Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s objective to create a compelling tourism offer through developing and investing in our unique heritage through this exhibition on musical traditions.”

Following the launch there was a traditional music performance showcasing popular songs and fiddle tunes including old style dancing tunes played by local musicians.

The Fiddle and the Fife exhibition has been supported by funding from The Executive Office through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme.

Admission to the exhibition is free and it will be on display at Mid-Antrim Museum until Saturday 18 January 2020.

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