The Life and the Times of: The Fiddle

The Life and the Times of: The Fiddle

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Location

North Belfast

Year

1992

Date

July 1992

Length

10min 11sec

Audio

sound

Format

Betacam

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Belfast Film Workshop, Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

Belfast Film Workshop, ITV

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Description

This episode explores the people who make, play and listen to the fiddle in Belfast.

Featuring the North Belfast Set Dancing Society, the viewer gets a glimpse into the lively atmosphere that accompanies traditional fiddle playing. Rab Cherry, a fiddle maker, discusses accessibility to this form of music, something which, in previous years, would have been limited in urban areas but, with the advent of mass media, has increased exposure.

Social anthropologist, May McCann, chats about the vibrancy of the music and how the impromptu sessions are not performance oriented but, rather, are primarily for the musicians. Andy Dickson, a traditional musician, notes that there has been a revival of people learning the instrument, but also suggests that there has never really been a shortage of flute players in Belfast. 

Concluding the programme, we see a young girl playing the fiddle around areas in Belfast. 

Credits

A Belfast Film Workshop Production.

Produced in association with UTV, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Community Relations Council.

 

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