A NEW initiative encouraging Leitrim people in Britain to promote their county was launched at the weekend as part of the Return to Camden Festival.
The initiative, which hopes to promote the county as a holiday destination not only in the year of the Gathering but beyond, is targeting Leitrim natives living in London and other areas of the UK to become advocates of the county, by creating awareness of what’s on offer there.
The search for ambassadors was officially launched ahead of the Leitrim Equation 3 concert on Sunday as part of the Return To Camden Town Festival in the London Irish Centre, Camden. The Leitrim Equation 3 concert, the culmination of a residency by Donal Lunny, John Carty and Seamus Begley, was part of The Leitrim Equation – devised to promote and develop traditional music in Leitrim and to celebrate music and song in the county.
The concert also saw the launch of The Leitrim Equation 3, a selection of Leitrim songs by composers from or connected with the county, including celebrated musician Turlough O’Carolan to present day masters such as Maurice and Charlie Lennon. The CD also features Dónal Lunny on bouzouki and guitar, Séamus Begley on accordion and vocals, John Carty on fiddle, banjo and tenor guitar along over twenty Leitrim musicians they met during their residency.
Joe Dolan, Chairman of Leitrim Tourism said: “We are delighted to be here for the concert which proves just how important traditional Irish music is in Leitrim. In recent years our visitor attractions and activities have been added to, in particular focusing on the quality of traditional music – so there is something for everyone.”
This year marks the 400th anniversary since the Leitrim town of Carrick on Shannon was granted a charter by King James the first. To celebrate the occasion a year-long festival of events is taking place throughout the year.