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A Celebration of Sam Henry

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Flowerfield Arts Centre

185 Coleraine Road

Portstewart

BT55 7HU

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Documentary Screening, Q&A with Producer and Performance

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Sam Henry - Songs of the People is a 2018 documentary made for both BBC Northern Ireland and TG4 which explored the unique story of Coleraine man Sam Henry and his remarkable collection of over 800 songs gathered from across the North Coast and beyond.

Sam Henry began collecting songs and taking photographs while working as a customs and pensions officer. Travelling around small farms and villages, he carried a fiddle and played music to put people at ease, recognising there was a wealth of stories and songs to be shared.

In this revealing documentary, directed by acclaimed musician Meabh O'Hare, folklorists, archivists and contemporary music collectors, examine how Sam’s pioneering approach - in an official capacity and later when song collecting - placed him at the heart of rural communities and inspired his greatest work.

His passion for preserving the past produced a diverse collection of over 800 songs that is unique to Ulster and which, a century later, remains hugely important to folk artists around the world.

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