Folk instrument legacy examined

Jun 14, 2012
Tom Seymour

Belfast — Folk instruments of Scotland, Ireland and England will be the topic at the Belfast Historical Society meeting Monday, June 25 at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Local musician, author and naturalist Tom Seymour will present a musical performance and discussion using traditional instruments of the British Isles. He will play and explain the history of the uilleann (Irish) pipes, penny whistle and pipe and tabor. Belfast was settled by Scots-Irish families in 1770; they most likely carried their favorite old tunes and musical instruments with them to their new home.

This meeting also will serve as the Belfast Historical Society’s annual meeting. The annual meeting and board of directors election will start at 6:30 p.m.; the membership is encouraged to attend.

Belfast Historical Society programs, which are free and open to the public, are held every fourth Monday of the month, April through October. Those unable to attend the program are invited to tune in to “Window on History” on BCTV-2 at Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. The show also may be seen on the museum website, belfastmuseum.org, which offers new programs each month.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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