Grenadiers bring famous Carrick ballad to Clubland


A local flute group march to a different tune with a special version of one of the country’s most famous folk songs.

he Grenadiers have teamed up with renowned artist and producer Ryan Vail to record a reinterpretation of I Wish I Was In Carrickfergus.

The famous ballad has been recorded in the past by artists like Van Morrison, The Dubliners and Charlotte Church.

And now this unique rendition will be showcased in a special lighting and projection event on the facade of Carrickfergus Castle.

The creative collaboration between very different groups of musicians is part of a program funded by the Executive Office’s Communities in Transition project and managed by Intercomm.

He brought together the traditional instrumentation associated with flute bands and fused those sounds with elements of electronic dance music.

They also worked with renowned Clubland producer Ryan to develop a visual installation for display using three interconnected large-scale projections on the side of the historic castle.

Ryan has gained a reputation for blending the worlds of electro, folk and classical and the move follows work on his award-winning album Borders, which won Album of the Year at the Northern Irish Music Prize 2019.

Jonathan Hodge, who coordinated the creative programme, said: “It was wonderful to see how the artists worked with Ryan to take a traditional track that is synonymous with Carrickfergus and bring contemporary elements to it.

“When shown alongside the video installation, it will be a real spectacle and a testament to the talents of all involved.”

Another group of young people worked with Micky Modelle on a new piece of dance music featuring their own compositions and vocals, including lyrics and vocals by local rapper Ashton Hamilton.

Meanwhile, lighting and production company Visual Spectrum developed a series of special visuals to accompany the track as part of the projection show. A final part of the showcase will include large-scale projections of the acclaimed exhibition To the Beat of the Drum, featuring images of local youth involved in marching bands by renowned photographer Gareth McConnell.

The exhibition was first commissioned as part of the Communities in Transitions project and presented for an extended period at the Ulster Museum.

Jonathan continued, “All participants will be truly proud to see the work they have produced on such a grand scale.”

The event will take place at
the slipway at Carrickfergus Castle on March 16 at 7 p.m. E-mail:


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