It always struck me as odd how certain parts are determined as being one side orthe other in this part of the world. Therefore I am delighted that Bangor is playing host again to the Co Down Fleadh 2013. Last year it was confined to 2 pubs and a parish hall. It was a fantastic success. This year it has expanded to 6 pubs, a parish hall and there is a large banner as you enter the town welcoming all. That, my friends, is truly a whole new world.

I’ll be attending a few of the events and so will a few serious trad players including Sharon Shannon. I would encourage unionists also to attend, perhaps to witness that although our songs may be sad, even patriotic, they are not sectarian.

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