Live Trad.com - a Traditional Irish Music live web streaming service paid a visit to Cryan’s Pub, Bridge St, Carrick-on-Shannon last week for a live session in conjunction with No Fracking Ireland.
The music and songs were top class and it is reported that, from across the world, 10,000 people tuned in to the live telecast. Within Cryan’s Pub, the atmosphere was electric and, as show presenter Liam Scollan, Drumsna, stated to the world, the musicians sent forth an example of the best that is available from our multi-ethnic society.
The music was powerfully rhythmical. Liam Scollan himself led the way on accordion and was very ably helped by the group of “resident” traditional musicians and by some most able youngsters.Leitrim native Eleanor Shanley, sang a couple of songs. It was nice to note that she encouraged all present to join in the chorus of “Hard Times Come Again No More”.
The show would not have been complete without a rendition of “Lovely Leitrim” and, again, all joined in the singing in fine voice. There was realtime interaction with viewers and many pleasant messages received by Cryan’s were read back across the airwaves to viewers all over America, South America, Europe, Australia, South Africa etc. This was a good example of “the global village” in action.
An interesting side to the night’s events was the highlighting, across the waves, of the opposition to the proposed fracking of our beautiful countryside. Save Our Shannon Group in Carrick which is part of No Fracking Ireland were co-hosts of the show.
Banners condemning fracking were on display and many messages from Ireland and abroad wished the Carrick group well in their attempts to stop the fracking juggernaut. Liam Scollan expressed our concerns really well and his words were loudly applauded by the huge crowd that attended. Many messages that were read out praised the efforts of all who want to keep our water and environment in pristine state. Footage of the event can be seen on Live Trad