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scars on the mountain
Scars on the Mountain      

Celebrating four hundred years of mining in the Arigna valley in music and song, Scars on the Mountain is the culmination of two years work by Colin and Frank in Arigna under Roscommon County Council’s Artists in Residence and Public Art programme with the support of the Arts Council.

During the residency Colin and Frank conducted a programme of workshops, meetings and one-to-one interviews with people and groups in the Arigna region along with a short-term residency in Arigna National School, all with a view to collecting stories and impressions of different aspects of the mining tradition of the Arigna region of North Roscommon and South Leitrim. This culminated in the writing of ten new songs and three new tunes which were recorded by Colin and Frank along with Eleanor Shanley (vocals) Paul Kelly (fiddle, mandolin, and banjo), David Knight (guitar), James Wickham (accordion), Sven Paetz (bouzouki and harmonica), Franjo Reld (bodhran) and Tim Kearns (Bass).
It has been my good fortune to have been friends with Colin Beggan and Frankie Molloy for most of my adult life. I learned a whole lot about country music in Frank’s company in and around Harold’s Cross where we both lived, and a whole lot more about all kinds of folk
music when I played with Colin in an early line-up of the Sackville String Band. I had never seen Frank with an instrument in his hand, and I was surprised and delighted when he came home from Germany, playing a five-string banjo. Co-incidentally, it was also a five-string
banjo that led to my first meeting with Colin, sometime in the late sixties. Fast forward many years, and once again I am delighted and surprised to discover that these two friends of mine have written and recorded an entire album of original songs and tunes
dedicated to those hard working souls who toiled in the mines at Arigna. Colin and Frankie have certainly risen to the occasion, and this recording stands as a fitting tribute to the wives and workers of Arigna. Well done lads, and congratulations all ‘round on a superb project.
Niall Toner. Roots Freeway, RTE Radio One.
As part of the project, each of the closest five hundred households around Arigna village will receive a free copy of the CD where it can then be enjoyed in each home by family and friends.Scars on the Mountain is available to purchase from usual local outlets as well as well as from this website here. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each CD go towards a traditional arts development fund for the Arigna and North Roscommon region, thus creating a momentum for increasingly innovative projects and participation in the traditional arts in the area.
For further information please contact Maureen Carty on 071 96 68063, or email scarsonthemountain@gmail.com.