Northern Ireland’s centenary is celebrated at Stormont with biggest ever gathering of Lambeg Drums

The centenary of Northern Ireland was marked with the largest ever gathering of Lambeg Drums.

Sunday, 19th September 2021, 7:45 pm
Updated Sunday, 19th September 2021, 7:48 pm
The drummers in formation to spell out a centenary birthday greeting to Northern Ireland

Some 150 drums were registered for the event at Stormont — dubbed, Drums for Ulster.

The gathering was organised by the Ulster-Scots Agency in partnership with Northern Ireland’s five Lambeg Drumming Associations and drummers of all ages and levels of ability from all parts of the country.

Ulster-Scots Agency Chief Executive Ian Crozier said, “Today’s event provided a unique opportunity for the Ulster-Scots community to celebrate Northern Ireland’s Centenary with over a hundred drummers playing together in front of Parliament Buildings in what we believe to be the largest ever display of Lambeg drums.”

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Jamie and Sammi Jo Davis from Carryduff at the Lambeg Drum event at Stormont. Picture: Philip Magowan / Press Eye

“It promised to be a day to remember for all those involved, with drummers participating in the event receiving a printed certificate as a memento of the occasion. From the youngest drummer to the oldest, generations of families attended to showcase and celebrate a cultural tradition synonymous with Northern Ireland.”

Mr Crozier added: “In total, around 150 drums were registered, with Armagh and Down Drumming Association alone delivering 43 drums as part of the display.

The celebration also saw the dedication of a suite of eight new Centenary Drums commissioned by the Ulster-Scots Agency.

“Each drum depicts a significant person and building associated with the foundation of Northern Ireland with an emphasis on those from the Ulster-Scots community.”

The Lambeg Drums playing at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, as the Ulster Scots Agency commissioned and dedicated eight new lambeg drums to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland. Picture: Philip Magowan / Press Eye

——— ———

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers — and consequently the revenue we receive — we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to newsletter.co.uk and enjoy unlimited access to the best Northern Ireland and UK news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Ben Lowry

Acting Editor