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Bridging the water was a series of community music workshops led by experienced traditional musicians, Helen Adam and George Whitfield. The workshops took place during October and November 2008, following on from the opening of an exhibition celebrating the links between Neyland and Ireland.

The workshops provided an opportunity for participants to learn two traditional tunes of relevance to the period: Neyland Ferry and Welcome to Waterford as well as a new piece specially composed by Helen Adam to celebrate the project.

The new piece combined the two traditional tunes with new layered elements carefully written to be playable by musicians with different degrees of skill, including beginners, and those who learnt as children but have not played for years.

The three pieces of music are available as free downloads by clicking on the titles below:

Neyland Ferry    Welcome to Waterford    Crossing the water

Links were created with other elements of the community heritage and public art project through the creation of a sound track for the short film telling the stories connected to some of the objects that have survived from the period.  The music project also created links with the school visual arts project through a performance of traditional music as part of the visual arts residency.

The project culminated in a recording and performance at the opening of the second phase of the Neyland-Ireland exhibition in November 2008 and will go on to be part of the touring exhibition to Waterford in Spring 2010.

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cleddau music makers rehearsing with Helen Adam conducting