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Night of music and archive Film at Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark



Date Posted: September 5, 2016

Local artist and singer Phil Hession is set to showcase a newly commissioned performance as part of a unique cinematic and musical tour of the Marble Arch Caves on Thursday 15th September and Friday 16th September.

The evening is set to combine traditional Irish music and footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive (DFA) as part of the BFI’s Britain on Film Rural initiative. The project is a collaborative effort between the DFA, FilmHubNI, the British Film Institute and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Phil will present his original piece titled, ’til they came unto a cave against a backdrop of archive film. Fermanagh singers Gabriel McArdle and Rosie Stewart will join Phil each evening to perform a repertoire of traditional Irish song, in this spectacular subterranean world.

Phil said of the evening: “When I’m singing I aim to lose myself in a song, like other singers I close my eyes and hope to become absorbed by the story. When this happens, it can sometimes feel as if you are existing in another world. In a sense, I feel something of this otherworldliness also exists in the Marble Arch Caves.

“I think singing in the Caves will heighten this experience and help communicate these feelings to the listening audience. I am excited to present this artwork within the extraordinary surroundings of the Caves.”

Northern Ireland Screens Digital Film Archive contains over 100 hours of moving images about Northern Ireland and the North of Ireland from as far back as 1897. The material shown on the night of the event will use footage from this archive. All the material included as part of the DFA is available online here.

Tickets are priced at £15 and are available to purchase from here.

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