TITLE: "It's Of My Rambles..." A Journey in the Song Tradition of Ulster
SPEAKER: Len Graham
EVENT DATE: 11/06/2008
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 59 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Len Graham presented a lecture titled "'It's Of My Rambles...' A Journey in the Song Tradition of Ulster" as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program. Graham explored the folk song tradition of his native Ulster. His talk was interspersed with live performances of songs in English on many themes, including early classic ballads, broadside ballads, and songs of love, politics, emigration and many other topics.
The event was co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the American Folklife Center. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. It is the main support for artists and arts organizations, offering a broad range of funding opportunities through its Exchequer and National Lottery funds.
Speaker Biography: Len Graham has been a professional traditional singer since 1982, and he has received many awards for his work as a singer and collector. In 1993 he received the Sean O'Boyle Cultural Traditions Award for his book and field recordings titled "It's Of My Rambles???." In 2002 he was the first recipient of the Irish television TG4 National Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year, and in 2008 he received the Tommy Makem Keeper of the Tradition Award. "Here I Am Amongst You," his book on the songs, music and traditions of Joe Holmes (1906-78) is due for publication by Queen's University, Belfast, in late 2008.