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Ardoyne – Again & Again

Paintings by children of Ardoyne, which were displayed in an exhibition at The Tate Gallery In London - from "A Place Called Ardoyne."

Paintings by children of Ardoyne, which were displayed in an exhibition at The Tate Gallery In London – from “A Place Called Ardoyne.”

I’ve been working on the lyrics to my original song “Ardoyne” with  Daniel Buhr – a Swedish film composer of Colombian origins – which will be accompanied by excerpts from my award-winning film “A Place Called Ardoyne” that I directed in 1974, about the Troubles in Ireland. The song and new video will be premiered November 23, 2013, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, Washington, when Blackstone Edge Band performs it there with me singing the lead.

While on location in California, shooting for our client Heritage Commons, I received an email from a native of Ardoyne now living in Wales, requesting the usage of 20 seconds of my film for a video depicting his original song “You In His Eyes.” I granted him the rights to do so, and this morning I received a very early and excited call from the songwriter Padraig Lalor. He was describing to me how emotional he was the first time he saw an excerpt from the film on YouTube, in which he appears.  He just couldn’t get over having spoken to the young man (myself) who he recalls coming to Ardoyne to make that film so many years ago. I was incredibly impressed that he had a full ride to Oxford University, where he studied Milton, and from which he received his law degree. (What’s interesting is that Milton was an advocate of Free Press in his time!)

Map of Belfast, Northern Ireland 1973.

Map of Belfast, Northern Ireland 1973.

Now I must get back to memorizing my own lyrics! You’d think that would be easy, but it’s not! Come see the show. Daniel Buhr’s sister, who lives in Eugene will be there to hear her brother’s composition – the two were separated when adopted to different countries. Already,  I feel the power of this song to bring reconciliation to our troubled world.

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