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About a Band

The Columcille Ceilidh Band uniquely includes musicians with and without learning disabilities.

The band is based at the Columcille Centre in Edinburgh which provides day care, offering a range of activities and support to adults with learning disabilities. The filmmakers follow the band playing at a variety of venues in Scotland as well as at workshops for people with learning disabilities.

The band members show their working relationship and the inevitable tensions which exist within the band, but also the central role that music plays in their lives.

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The documentary includes an interview with Ian McCalman of Scotland’s top folk band The McCalmans and a sequence in which distinguished Scottish folk musician and composer Phil Cunningham plays with the band at a rehearsal.

The film reveals how involvement in music can be inspiring and that disability is no barrier to the enjoyment of the creative process.
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Previous screenings

14 Feb – 18 Feb | Calgary, Canada
17 Feb – 27 Feb | Glasgow, United Kingdom
Ceilidh Culture Festival | 2011
25 Mar – 16 Apr | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Nepal Folk Music Film Festival | 2011
25 Nov – 27 Nov | Kathmandu, Nepal
Bosifest: Belgrade International Film Festival for and by People with Disabilities
21 May – 23 May | Belgrade, Serbia

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 23 Jan 2011