Friday, 21 October 2016

Brexit: Experts and Groupshock..

Fishing boat for Brexit.

 It’s time to get over the shock. The EU Referendum was four months ago. For the sake of our country we now need to work together to create a confident, secure and vibrant society capable of adjusting to transformation. This is not happening at present as too many are enthusiastically trying to scupper or stall the implementation of Brexit: via political manoeuvres, the corporate media, social media and through the courts. I do have some empathy for the hurt experienced by Remain voters: it’s like following your football team the whole way through the cup competition only to be hammered in the final by a team of lower ranking.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Flaxmill: 23rd Annual Yardfest

Two Folk-Giants at the Flax Mill

       Colum Sands meets Willie Drennan

The 23rd Open Day and Yard fest at the historic Flax Mill in Derrylane outside Dungiven on Saturday, Sept. 10th is going to feature two of the most accomplished musicians and performers from these shores in one concert. Both Colum Sands and Willie Drennan are famous the world over and have toured – solo and with their bands – for many years.

Marion Baur, owner of the Flax Mill broke the news to the media yesterday: “Willie Drennan and Colum Sands aren’t just going to perform in the one concert; they will join on stage to play for our audience which is going to be from many different parts of the world.”

Thursday, 14 July 2016

From German Pressfest to OrangeFest 2016

2016 has been an eventful year so far and not likely to get boring anytime soon. Recently I performed at a festival in Dortmund, Germany on July 1st to 3rd. That’s right, exactly one hundred years after the slaughter at the Battle of the Somme. The UZ- Pressefest was brilliant and our Ulster-Scots style music was warmly received by the thousands of festival goers – mostly Germans. The Lambeg Drum was of course a particular curiosity.
                                          Main stage UZ-Pressefest, Dortmund.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Northern Ireland 2016: Tremendous Victories and Pivotal Moments.

I was only able to attend one of the games at Euro 2016: the one in Paris against Germany on June 21st. I arrived in Paris the evening before and left Paris late morning on the day following the match. This allowed me ample opportunity to witness first hand how the image and reputation of Northern Ireland had been transformed. Within a two week period we had gone from being perceived a nation of crazy, narrow-minded intolerant bigots to being perceived as the most spirited and jovial people in the world.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Why I will Vote Leave

Willie Drennan

I have been a Eurosceptic since birth: actually it probably all began in the womb with an inherent inner consciousness on a quest for freedom. This spiritual quest for freedom translates in my logical mind to a desire for true democracy, where government is transparent and can be held accountable. I like the direction the United Kingdom has been taking with various forms of devolved government for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This allows for accountability at regional and local levels.

 The European Union has been heading in the opposite direction for a long time with its unelected commissioners, deals with corporate lobbyists and the European Court of Justice that seems to be a complete law unto its self. It is heading towards the formation of a superstate that is already being referred to as the United States of Europe. Nobody has been able to convince me that the UK has not been rapidly losing its sovereignty, and will soon lose any semblance of being an independent nation if it votes to Remain.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Ignore Prophets of Doom on Northern Ireland.

No, Northern Ireland will not collapse, and neither will the United Kingdom following Brexit.

Richard Haass, John Major, Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson are deliberately spreading fear to protect their vested interests in maintaining  power and dominance for the elite. Politicians have a right to their opinion but the above are abusing their power and are treating the people of Northern Ireland as simpletons. I despair for those who give credence to their blatant patronising.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Where to buy CD's

  Outlets for Northern Ireland: Everywhere We go CD.
Available at any Willie Drennan public concerts.!blank/cnve

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Brexit and the Border Myth

                                                           The stuff of history.

There are lots of myths and scare tactics being used in the EU Referendum debate to entice undecided voters one way or the other. One myth: the claims of a new hard border to separate the British Northern Ireland from the EU’s Republic of Ireland are still being posted on a daily basis.  I find this quite astounding but unfortunately the promoters of Brexit rarely seem to challenge this adequately.

Here is a link to one extensive report from Richard North that references the various relevant EU systems, procedures and legislation that already exist within the EU.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Northern Ireland: Everywhere We Go. Willie Drennan Ulster Folk Band. CD Release

CD Release Celebrations.         Saturday June 4th.

Molly's Ale House, Randalstown .. 2pm till 3pm

Talk of the Town, Antrim ..  4pm till 5pm

'Au Revoir' celebrations in advance of team and fans heading off to France.

Special Guest: The famous Jackie Fullerton.

Slovakia versus Northern Ireland Friendly. Live on Screen  from  5pm.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Lyrics for Northern Ireland: Everywhere We Go. [Willie Drennan Ulster Folk Band]

Song for Northern Ireland  [Words: Willie Drennan]

Tyrone, Londonderry, Antrim and Down

Armagh, Fermanagh and Belfast Town

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Northern Ireland: Everywhere We Go.

  Buy now form our store!

CD Booklet notes:

Willie Drennan Ulster Folk Band

 Northern Ireland: Everywhere We Go ... is the creation of life long Northern Ireland fan, and Ulster Scots musician, Willie Drennan.
The album is primarily a celebration of Northern Ireland’s fantastic achievement in reaching the EUFA Finals, for the first time, in 2016. It is also a celebration of our wee country: Northern Ireland.
It is a combination of new creations and traditional pieces that reflect the exceptional spirit of both the football team and their fans. You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy the album – but it will help if you are.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Lambeg Drums at Croke Park

By Willie Drennan.

I had never been to a GAA match before and  the very first time I did I got to play on the pitch at Croke ParkIreland’s spiritual home for all things sporting, cultural, historical and even political.

As a professional performing artist I perform in all kinds of situations and only on rare occasions would I consider turning down a gig due to problems I might have with the ethos of an event. But, when I was contacted recently to perform my Lambeg drum in Dublin for a commemoration of 1916: in Croke Park after a GAA match, I did hesitate.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Brexit and Northern Ireland

 Willie Drennan


Earlier this year I posted a couple of blogs questioning the wisdom of the UK remaining in the EU.  As someone who might be labelled a Eurosceptic I sought input from others on my thoughts on issues of economy and sovereignty.  My research since has confirmed my beliefs that there are serious problems with the EU and I am now more convinced that Brexit is essential. Thankfully many others in the UK seem to arriving at the same conclusion although this doesn’t seem to be the case as yet in Northern Ireland.

Saturday, 27 February 2016


Willie Drennan

For the upcoming EU Referendum sovereignty will be a major issue for many voters. The problem is, as is common in the modern world of politics, terms like sovereignty can mean different things to different people. For our Prime Minister, David Cameron it means, “being able to get things done”. I’m pretty sure that was what he said in the House of Commons recently.   His old friend Boris Johnson: party colleague, and Mayor of London, however asked if the Prime Minister’s deal with the EU would benefit our sovereignty.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The EU Referendum: Economy

 Willie Drennan

The EU Referendum on June 23rd is going to be the most significant political event of my lifetime.   From the start of the campaign a lot of people have already decided if they are on the Vote Leave or Vote Remain side. For the duration they will passionately support their side, in the same way as they will their team in the Euro 16 football finals.  For many, as in the game of football, logic will not enter into the game as the partisan faithful will loyally cheer on their side until the final whistle blows on June 23rd.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Peace Proms Set Stage for Ireland 2016

By Willie Drennan

                                                 King Billy's March at the Peace Proms

2016 is set to be a big year for commemoration to mark the centenary of Easter Rising and Battle of the Somme. There can’t be any doubt about the massive significance of both events and, as we ponder the valour and the futility, the manner of commemoration will be under the spotlight.

 On New Year’s Day the Irish Government straight away set the stage for 2016 with the Peace Proms at Dublin’s impressive National Convention Centre. The concert by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland was sheer entertainment: superbly choreographed and impeccably delivered by the orchestra; guest soloists, dancers and pipers.  This was a stage show clearly ‘orchestrated’ to emphasise government strategy for a year ahead of sensitive all-inclusive commemoration.