Musicians Jack Grace, Shane Grace and Holly Moore creating the soundtrack to ‘The Whispering Fields’ on location
The field names of County Kilkenny are celebrated in a new short film, ‘The Whispering Fields’ which will be premiered in Lisdowney on Friday, November 2.
Beautifully made by the Kilkenny based film maker, Kevin Hughes, the film celebrates the recording of field names in the areas of Clontubrid, Gathabawn and Lisdowney in the north of the county. It was commissioned by the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council to highlight the deep relationship between people and place, language and landscape and this disappearing part of our cultural heritage.
Some of the local volunteers, who recorded over 1,450 field names in the area as part of the Kilkenny Field Names Recording Project, participated in the making of the film.
“Of all the projects I have been involved with this is the one which has given the most satisfaction” says one volunteer, Eilís Costelloe.
It is fitting then that young local musicians Jack Grace, Shane Grace and Holly Moore helped to create the film’s soundtrack.
Written and devised by Alan Counihan, Project Coordinator with the Kilkenny Field Names Recording Project, the film explores the effect of recent changes to the landscape and the importance that field names play in shaping a sense of place.
"We want to let more people know about, and get involved with, recording the field names before they are lost” says Dearbhala Ledwidge, Heritage Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator.
The premiere of the film will take place in Lisdowney National School on Friday, November 2 at 8.15pm. There will be refreshments and music on the night. The event is free but registration is required.
RSVP to Kilkenny County Council Heritage Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 056-7794938.