Seamus Grant Weekend of Traditional Music and Culture
14th – 16th October 2016, Clonmany
Further details available on: www.seamusgrantweekend.com
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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.
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.