Friday, 24 August 2018

25th Annual Derrylane Yardfest at the Flaxmill

Flax-Mill Textiles: The Irish Linen Weavers of Derrylane.
(between Dungiven and Limavady)

On stage at the 25th Yard Fest:
Saturday 8th September 2018 

Willie Drennan and David McClean doing Lambeg Boogie:
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 "Willie’s back! The 'bard of the North' has been one of the busiest artists on these shores during the last year. His ingenious fusions of different musical styles and traditions make for a guarantee that no two gigs of his are the same. An Australian Folk band taking the stage with him is as little of a surprise as is a 75 year old master - jazz - musician or a woman who plays the saw. The what??? Yes you are reading right - the tool most people would use to cut wood! We have (obviously) arrived at “newcomers”: Diane Wilson! Based in Ballymena / County Antrim, she has often been described as the best player of the “musical saw” on this island.

Diane Wilson on musical saw.

It has been a long time coming - great to have her at the 25th! Aileen McIntyre and Liam Burke were born, bred (and still live) in the neighbouring townland of Gortnahey (where Willie Drennan once saw a head sticking out of the pavement on the road ….). The fact that the highly talented pair never appeared at a Yard-Fest is not logic or explainable - it just never happened. You will love them, we know! They tell us they will only perform “two or three songs” - the audience at our gathering knows well how that can be changed! Another new kid on the block (or on the stage) is the incredible David McClean! The price-winning photographer, recording engineer and film-maker is the same person as the powerful rock-guitarist with a strong blues - leaning. After filming Willie Drennan for a particular project, David went obsessed with the idea of accompanying “the big lady from Lambeg” with his blues guitar. Can you imagine: Willie Drennan in “dervish - dance - mode” with the Lambeg drum - the instrument playing the melody is not a flute but an electric guitar! You can’t??? Come to the 25th Yard-Fest and experience this World Premiere! When we say “no borders – no limits” we mean that! + POETRY with a performance - edge by Bernard Davis (Birmingham). + Comperes: Hermann Glaser-Baur + one surprise – guest. + Straight after the gig: IRELAND’S BEST SESSION in the gas-lit barn! The Order (whatever that may be) Starting @ 8pm SHARP! • The Opener: Liam and Aileen (vocals, acoustic guitars) will have no problem “warming up” the best and warmest audience in the world! • The Highlight beyond Doubt: Isabel Neuenfeldt (accordion, vocals) straight from Berlin with a new programme especially for the 25th Yard-Fest. She will meet Dearbhla McTaggart (Irish harp) in a unique fusion. This set alone certainly makes the concert worth any music-lover’s while! • Rocking the Oak - Trees - Set: Willie Drennan (vocals, tin whistle, fiddle, flute, + herself the big drum) Meets live on stage Diane Wilson (musical saw), David McClean (vocals, guitars) and who else the master of fusion might magic out of his cap! World premiere on stage: The Lambeg Boogie! Prepare yourself for the hottest set ever in 25 years. 

• Ireland’s best session starts directly after the concert in the gas-lit barn. If you miss the session you have missed the Yard-Fest! Before the order • From 6 pm onwards: • 13 metre long Buffet (no comparison anywhere) GLORIOUS DINNER, cooked under the eyes of our visitors by the Berlin - catering - brigade! Vegetables from our own gardens, Vegan and Vegetarian options available! • German “drop of the pure” (hops, barley and water only, by law!), LOCALLY ROASTED COFFEE, BELFAST - TEA, TREATS galore …. Before, during and after any order: The BEST PEOPLE from beyond many borders - FRIENDS only, no STRANGERS here. YOU NEVER CELEBRATE ALONE!

 Notes: Following the Open Day, the Yard-Fest is a private event, from 6 pm by invitation only. The owner reserves the right to refuse admission at any time. 
To book your place, ring us: (0044)28 777 42655 Or send us a mail: 
The programmes for the full Open-Day, the Fashion Show and the Yardfest are available in hard-copy version, just give us a ring and we will send copies to you".

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