MEET THE BOARD
Willie Haines -
Willie is a retired accountant, business person and professional musician. While living in London, he played with the Irish group Shegui, with whom he recorded an album and toured Europe, the UK and Ireland. A player of concertina, whistle and guitar, Willie can still be heard around the Edinburgh informal session scene. He retains a close interest in Irish affaires through friends, holidays and cultural connections in Ireland. He also organises projects related to folk and traditional arts.
Neil Palmer -
After gaining a degree at the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University
as a mature student, Neil studied cultural connections between Scotland, Ireland
and the USA in the Appalachian Mountains. As an unaccompanied singer of traditional
ballads, contemporary songs and music hall ditties, Neil is a `weel-
Jennifer Roxburgh -
Jennifer is the Artistic Director of Scotland`s Award Winning Irish Dancers Siamsoir and founder of The Irish Dance Academy. Jennifer also has extensive experience of Governance and working in the Third and Voluntary Sectors. With classes in Dance Base, Red Flame Dance, Edinburgh University and growing classes at the Academy, Siamsoir`s unique and enjoyable style of Performance Irish Dance is prolific in Edinburgh and the Lothians, since 2007. Siamsoir offers its pupils great opportunities as well as dance experiences.
Terry Magill -
Terry Magill was born and grew up in Lurgan, County Armagh. After a spell working in England, he moved to Edinburgh in 1990 and worked in the Scotch Whisky business. For the last ten years Terry and his wife Alison have owned of the Dalriada on Portobello beach. The Dalriada (named after the ancient maritime kingdom with roots in both Ireland and Scotland) is an active quality community bar with a focus on live music.
Paddy O`Neill -
Paddy has also just joined the Committee. More details -
Thanks are due to lots of people who made the Festival possible. All the members of the Board, as well as: Allan Armstrong, Evan Downey, Brendan McHugh, Deirdre McMahon, Paddy O`Neill, The Dalriada Bar, Greenprint, Consul General Mark Hanniffy and all of the Irish Consulate Staff, and others too numerous to mention by name.