Songs of Shipyard

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As part of the upcoming EastSide Arts Festival, which runs in Belfast from August 3-13, St. Patrick’s Church, Ballymacarrett, will host Songs of the Shipyard: A celebration of the poetry of Thomas Carnduff on Sunday August 6.

Born in 1886, Thomas Carnduff did many unskilled jobs in in his life, including working in the Belfast Shipyard, which provided inspiration for his many poems and earned him the nickname, The Shipyard Poet. His lyrical writing reflects his love of Belfast and its people.

Peacock Angell have set a number of Carnduff’s poems to music, and will perform them with Contact Singers Choir, brass musicians from The Ulster Orchestra and narration by Sam and Joan McCready. Sid Peacock (from Northern Ireland) and Ruth Angell (from Derbyshire) marry the bright blue shores of Co Down with the High Peaks and green fields of Derbyshire in their music. Peacock Angell will be joined by Steve Tromans (piano), Rohan Armstrong (bass) and James Anderson (drums). The content of this event is reproduced with kind permission of Dr Sarah Ferris, Literary Executor of the Carnduff Estate, and it is supported by the British Council and Ulster Orchestra.

Tickets, priced £10 / £8, are available online at or from the Belfast Welcome Centre.