Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Kist O Wurds Program Interview

William Rouston (left) and Barry R McCain

The Ulster Heritage Project's Barry R McCain is interviewed by Dr William Roulston in this week's edition of the Kist o Wurds program on BBC Northern Ireland. To listen on line go to this link : A Kist O Wurds

The broadcast can also be heard via radio in Northern Ireland and Ireland; broadcast schedule is:

  1. Wed 15 Dec 2010
  2. Wed 15 Dec 2010

The program will also feature an interview with small pipe player Alan Wade and poet Willie Laverty.

Historian, Barry McCain from Oxford, Mississippi has had a life-long passion for tracing his Ulster-Scots roots – he started when he was 12! He talks to Dr William Roulston of Belfast’s Ulster Historical Foundation - who is also a distant relative! Barry uses DNA testing at a laboratory in Houston, Texas. He has traced relatives from Ireland and in other parts of the USA – including Senator John McCain - and has uncovered family roots as far back as the early 17th century in Scotland.

Musician Alan Wade specializes in playing the Scottish Small Pipes or as they are also called, Scottish Lowland Pipes. He lives in Stranocum outside Ballymoney and fell in love with these small, beautiful pipes some years ago. His pipes were made in Scotland to his own specifications.

Poet, Willie Laverty lives in Ballymoney and describes his poetry as just what he thinks of at any given moment. It’s unusual yet heartfelt - and his own melodic voice gives it an authentic sound.

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