Call for trad record attempt

LOCAL musicians are being asked to join people from all over the country in an attempt to break the record for the longest ever traditional music session in memory of the late John Norton.

LOCAL musicians are being asked to join people from all over the country in an attempt to break the record for the longest ever traditional music session in memory of the late John Norton.

The event is being organised by John’s daughter, Evelyn Campbell, in a bid to raise funds for Newry’s St John’s Hospice where the trad singer spent his final few weeks.

“He passed away on October 5th last year after being diagnosed with advanced cancer in August. We would like to raise some much needed funds for this unique place,” said Evelyn.

“St John’s offered my Dad the dignity every person in this condition should be offered. His treatment and that of his family can only be described as the very best possible.

Evelyn is hoping that every musician in the Dundalk area will offer their talents and join the group in the record attempt. The record for the longest ever traditional music session is currently held by a group from Ennis, Co Clare.

“We are hoping to have a representative from each county throughout Ireland and will have a book to record all those musicians/singers and dancers who take part,” she said.

“The whole session will last 30 plus hours with various participants taking over part every hour or thereabouts and will end with a concert of magnanimous talent.”

Telephone Evelyn or Bernard on 048-30888961 or 048-30888284.