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The Inishowen Song Project film featuring Ian Lynch, Ye Vagabonds & more premieres at Galway Film Fleadh

The Inishowen Song Project film featuring Ian Lynch, Ye Vagabonds & more premieres at Galway Film Fleadh


The debut feature documentary film by director Bob Gallagher commissioned by the Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle and featuring Ian Lynch (Lankum), Ye Vagabonds and The Henry Girls creating their own interpretations of the songs from Inishowen Song Project, will premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh this Saturday July 15th.

Framed within the stunning landscape of this area of north Donegal, these new performances, atmospheric archival recordings, and interviews with key community figures, demonstrate how songs pass from singer to singer, while also asking the question of why we sing.

The film will be followed by a discussion with the director and members of the ITSC at Pálás Screen 1 in Galway on Saturday July 15th at 3:30pm. Tickets

Watch a trailer:

About Bob Gallagher

Bob Gallagher is a multi award winning director, writer and producer, described as a ‘good soldier of cinema’ by Werner Herzog, and as ‘one of the nation’s premiere creative forces in the visual arts’ by Totally Dublin. He has directed drama and documentary films, and created some of the most iconoclastic music videos to emerge from Ireland in recent years, working with artists such as Gilla Band, Junior Brother, Pillow Queens and Lankum. 

In March 2017 Gallagher was handpicked to attend a ten day workshop with Werner Herzog at the EICTV Cuba, emerging with two short documentaries SALON and THE IMPOSSIBLE FLIGHT OF THE STONE. In 2020 Gallagher was selected for Screen Ireland’s ‘Director’s Concept Development’ award to write his debut feature drama, ‘THE SONG COLLECTOR’, currently in pre-production with Jeanie Igoe of Homebird Productions.

He has been selected for the 2022 IGNITE DOCUMENTARY TALENT DEVELOPMENT CAMPUS and the 2022 Screen Directors Guild ARRI ALEXA TAKE. He recently premiered the experimental documentary HOUR OF THE OX commissioned by the Donegal Regional Cultural Centre. 

Bob is also a traditional singer and active participant in Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle events.


Instagram: @bobfilmsthings

Twitter: @bobfilmsthings

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Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle (ITSC) is a vibrant voluntary community organisation, established in 1988, dedicated to the preservation, and promotion of the rich, living tradition of song in the Inishowen peninsula, County Donegal.  We strive to keep an enduring tradition of social singing accessible, relevant, and alive for everyone through a year long series of projects and events, including a singing festival held annually in March. It is regularly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Donegal County Council.

Since its formation ITSC has championed the value of archival recording, amassing an extensive multimedia collection of local singers and visitors to our community. Through funding from the Heritage Council and Inishowen Development Partnership, ITSC has  partnered with the Irish Traditional Music Archive to digitise, preserve and provide access to these collections. 

Website: https://inishowensinging,ie

Facebook: @Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle

Instagram: @inishowensinging

Twitter: @inishowensings

Inishowen Singing Weekend 2023 / photograph by Colm Keating

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