I have been playing Scottish & Irish Traditional Music for over 40 years. I work as a professional musician, teaching Traditional Irish and Scottish Music in a number of Primary Schools during the week and Scottish Music in the Ulster-Scots Ullans Centre in Ballymoney. I also promote traditional music in the evenings, in a number of local bars, including an Irish session in Ballycastle, a Ballads & Tunes session in Bushmills & an Ulster-Scots session in Ballymoney, each week.
We have taken our presentation to numerous schools throughout Co. Antrim, and here are some quotes from letters of thanks, from some of the principals of those schools.
"In full historical costume, the visual impact was great and with their natural banter in the question and answer session, the children showed a high level of interest. ..This show led the children quite naturally through a synopsis of 'sound' in science for KS2."
St. Colum's Primary School, Portstewart
"An exciting educational programme which not only promotes musical elements of the curriculum, but also English, Science, History and Geography."
Ballysally Primary School, Coleraine
"It proved to be both fascinating and inspiring, and would certainly help to encourage any young person to take the next step towards learning to play a musical instrument."
Portrush Primary School, Portrush
"All of the pupils ( and teachers!! ) thoroughly enjoyed your performance. It was a highly exhilarating programme of musical evolution which stimulated the children's sense of history and enquiry."
Braid Primary School, Ballymena
"Dick and Sabine have worked at 'Dublinia' throughout this season ('04) from May to August. They have been very popular performers here with students, visitors and families alike. We have had particularly good feedback from teachers at both primary and secondary level - all agreed that Dick and Sabine's approach greatly enhanced their students level of engagement with the exhibition. Their style is both informative and entertaining and they have been a great addition to Dublinia."