Cyclists and walkers may have noticed the “Stop, Look and Listen!” signs along the Waterford Greenway recently. These are not an alert to oncoming traffic but to highlight a lovely project curated by community artist Michael Fortune on traditional songs from the Waterford area.
Michael recorded 18 songs from Waterford singers singing on the Greenway route and these can be viewed on www.facebook.com/StopLookListenWaterford. There are songs about emigration, songs of lost love, songs of the war of independence, songs about the landscape and comic songs. Singers include esteemed and well known Waterford names such as Ann Mulqueen, Karan Casey, Micheál Marrinan, Joe Power, John “The Miller” Power, Finbarr Timmins, Larry Joy, Aodán Ó’Ceallaigh and Liam Clancy.
The project was officially launched in Kilmacthomas Primary School last Friday with a performance of traditional songs by pupils from Junior Infants up to 6th class, with traditional singer Aileen Lambert and including a rendition of “The Kilmacthomas Girl” with John Power. Copies of the Stop, Look and Listen DVD featuring the 18 songs are available for €12 from the Heritage Office firstname.lastname@example.org