A new book, Geordie Hanna – The Man and the Songs, celebrates the life and the legacy of a true great of Irish traditional singing.
His nephew, Martin J. McGuinness, has drawn on a wealth of information collected by Geordie’s family and friends to develop an engaging narrative of the life and times of a man whose gifts for singing, wit and storytelling marked him as an exceptional talent, both in his home place in Tyrone, ‘on the banks of sweet Lough Neagh’ and in the wider traditional music and song community in Ireland. McGuinness provides an absorbing account of a Loughshore community with its many characters and customs, while also framing it within the wider historical context of Irish culture and society.
An epilogue commemorates thirty years of the annual singing weekend held in Geordie’s memory, where singers from all corners of Ireland and beyond have come to Derrytresk and the Loughshore to celebrate traditional music and song.
The book also includes a collection of the songs Geordie was known for singing, with lyrics as he would have sung them, and musical notation, as well as a unique CD version of Geordie’s 1978 recording, Geordie Hanna Sings.
The book was launched on July 3 with a small event livestreamed on Facebook. The book may be ordered at http://www.geordiehanna.com – priced £20 plus postage and packing.
The project is grateful for financial support from the Lough Neagh Partnership.