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Seamus Grant Weekend of Traditional Music and Culture

13th – 15th October 2017, Clonmany

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A weekend celebrating our heritage, music, genealogy and culture and will be dedicated to the memory of one of our greatest musicians and gentlemen, Seamus Grant of Clonmany.

Guest musician for the 2017 Seamus Grant Weekend is renowned Glenfin fiddle player Paddy McMenamin. The part-time farmer from the Glenfin Gaeltacht is a self taught fiddler who as a child picked up his tunes from musicians who called to his house and from his Father Paddy ‘Neil’ an accordion and fiddle player and his Mother Rose Anne, a singer who also played the Jew’s harp.


Seamus was born in the neighbouring townland of Cloughfin, Clonmany in 1934 to Mary Ann Grant and Willie Grant, both talented musicians themselves. Seamus had that same natural gift for music passed to him by his parents. He learned also, from the playing of his uncle, Willie Joe Grant and from a neighbour, “White” Dan Doherty who was later to become his father in law. White Dan was a fiddler, singer and dancer and a great source of tunes, many learned during harvest time in Scotland. As a young boy White Dan often assisted in taking the blind fiddler Paddy Kelly to the many local house dances. A noted fiddler of his day, Paddy was much in demand until his death in the 1920s.

From the age of about fifteen, Seamus himself was in big demand to play at the “Big Nights” which were central to the musical culture of Inishowen and marked occasions in the community such as weddings, christenings, and emigration. These nights were filled with storytelling, music, song and dance. They were lively events that often went on all night. It is in the spirit of these same “Big Nights” that the idea of Seamus Grant Weekend of Traditional Music and Culture was born.

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