In late 2009, the BAI commissioned a six-part series of hour long programmes which were recorded and broadcast on local station, Inishowen Community Radio. Called 'Rambling House', the idea was to conjure up a treasure trove of stories and lore about the unique area that is the Inishowen peninsula, as told by some of its most colourful local characters. These stories have been passed on to these locals from generation to generation and we are delighted to offer this audio archive for a new generation to enjoy.
Now in 2021, the full series has been remastered and broken down into approximately 140 audio clips over the six episodes and seven hours, including plenty of previously unheard footage. There's plenty of local music thrown in, poems, recitations and a fair few unexpected guests along the way. Click here for full Audioboom series link and here for full Spotify series link.
"There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling."
Jimmy Neil Smith, International Storytelling Centre Director
Date: Friday 13th November 2009
Setting: The Courthouse, Carndonagh
Theme: The Twilight Court was a mock trial looking at the pros and cons of the superstitions of Ireland with the audience as jury.
Highlights: 3) Love 10) Seven things fairies hate 17) Paudge's big case
Notes: This was a Friday 13th to remember with a fun-filled night of comedy and music, as well as legends in the form of Eddie Lenihan and Paudge Dorrian telling their tales too!
Dedicated webpage: Yes.
Promo video: Yes.
Feel you can tell a story but are looking for a bit of inspiration from a pro? Hear top tips from two of the best in Ireland, Scotland's very own Rab Fulton and Donegal's own Keith Corcoran. Many thanks for the insights, gents!
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Ireland's most beautiful county has a lot going for it besides the wonders of Inishowen. Below is our Spotify playlist which serves as an eight-hour soundscape for the county with dozens of stories and music associated with the county. To find out more, go to our sister site's dedicated page on the project which evolved as part of National Heritage Week 2021.