“Songs Of The Open Road”
“Songs of The Open Road” will focus on life of the award-winning Irish Traveller, Traditional Singer, Thomas McCarthy. Thomas comes from a long line of singers and musicians who kept the tradition of singing strong within the Irish Traveller community. He now knows over a thousand songs and since 2021 has set about collating a repertoire of this fabulous part of Traveller heritage.
Filmmaker Pat Collins’ evocative documentary, Songs Of The Open Road’ sheds light on the life and prowess of this great storyteller who was named Traditional Singer of the Year in the prestigious ‘Gradam Ceoil Awards’ in 2019. The film follows Thomas as he moves from his home in London to perform, sing and speak in various venues, festivals and clubs throughout Ireland and England.
“Songs Of The Open Road” is Directed by Pat Collins, (“Songs of Granite”): Produced by Sharon Whooley & Vanessa Gildea
Harvest Films – Ireland 2022. Length 50mins.
Traveller Tales” Directed by Sé Merry Doyle.
The Director Sé Merry Doyle will Introduce this screening
Traveller Tales” is a powerful, inspiring film in which we see four young Traveller boys, Ned Cash, Michael Cash, Jim Cash, Edward Cash, (from County Laois), go on a journey of discovery to seek out stories from their heritage and culture In the film the boys visit their elders, including their grandmother Maggie Cash, who tells them tales about the old ways of the Traveller’s life. She tells them about her own life on the road with her husband Ned and their horse drawn caravan and she also tells the boys old riddles which had been handed down to her, from her own mother and grandmothers. These stories inspire the boys to realise that their culture is something to be proud of and that they have the honour of preserving it, so that one day they can pass it onto their own children.
The film is directed by the acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Sé Merry Doyle and it’s produced by “The Port Project” – a Garda Youth Project which helps young people who are at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and it’s a project which all of the four boys attend. What emerges is a vital, refreshing and uplifting film, which is full of hope and which honours and celebrates Irish Travellers culture and also gives voices to young male Travellers, who are far too often ignored or never ever given the space to even be heard.
“Traveller Tales” won the prestigious “2019 Garda Award”.
Directed by Sé Merry Doyle: Produced by Shauna Williams & Lillian Ashe. A Loopline Film copyright 2020. Length 35 mins