Sigginstown Castle

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We've already started playing music here...

The castle is not finished, but we are pleased to hear music in the ruins once again.
We've held multiple open air music sessions in our lovely flat field, and make use of a tent for some food and cover if needed.  

The castle is remembered by locals as being the site of the village band practice. It was written on a postcard circa 1909. We guess they played under cover when more of the roof existed .

Gordon sings traditional Irish ballads, American folk/rock, classical and opera. Liz has adopted the fiddle after childhood years on classical violin (fiddle is more fun!). We sing and also like to attend the Tacumshane Old School Fireside sessions on the first Friday of the month (when we are in town)

We love going to trad sessions in Wexford and in CT and learning traditional music.  The cool thing about sessions is that they all have a different flavor and mix of music. We appreciate music of practically any type, any era. When we eventually get a roof on, we would like to host a regular traditional and pre-1800 baroque session, and perhaps see some country or historical dancing too!

The local Loch Garman Comhaltas group regularly has song and music sessions.

In the meantime, we hope that the castle can host many more wonderful evenings of song and dance!

Mumming - recreated

For the last couple of years we have been recreating mumming plays at the castle during Heritage Week. We collated extant mumming plays from 1600-1800 and merged them into a short play. We wanted to have it more like one in the 1500s. Our characters included the Doctor, Prince George, Turkey Champion, Dragon, Father Christmas, St. Patrick and Beelzebub. This was our second year and we gathered more people and made improvements in both our costumes, participants and audience! We rehearsed at the castle and then performed it at Tacumshane Old School. We were thrilled to get a performance from the Drinagh Mummers too!