Throughout the lockdowns of 2020, Edwina Guckian and a group of musicians from Leitrim dressed up as mummers and called from house to house across the county, bringing a song, step, tune and a chat to the doorstep of the older generation. Together with Roscommon Arts Centre, Edwina is now calling for musicians, dancers and singers, young and old and the Irish diaspora across the world to dress up as mummers and call to people in their community that might welcome a doorstep visit on St. Patrick’s Day.
The mummers tradition is all about dressing up in disguise, knocking on your neighbour’s door, entertaining with a tune, song, step or a story, and bringing lots of fun and devilment with you. Normally associated with Christmas, this year the arts centre is transporting the tradition to St. Patrick’s Day – anyone can be a mummer!
On St. Patrick’s Day, Edwina and her own band of mummers (Fionnuala Maxwell and Brian Mostyn) will be out and about in Roscommon on behalf of Roscommon Arts Centre and they hope that you and your flock of SPD mummers will join the Mummers Parade by doing likewise in their own areas as they mark our national day with this old Irish tradition. Edwina and her mummers will also be visiting Nursing Homes in Roscommon on the day for a series of outdoor performances and window visits to those less mobile as they mark our national day with this uniquely Irish tradition.
In the lead-up to March 17th, Edwina will host two information sessions on Wednesday, March 3rd, for all those interested in taking part in our Mummers’ Parade. They will be held at 10 am and 8 pm GMT to accommodate people attending in different time zones. To register for a session, go to edwinaguckian.com.
Join in and dress up! Send your photos and videos to email@example.com or +35386 1649989 on WhatsApp, and use the hashtags #RTEvirtualparade #RoscommonArtsCentre when sharing on social media.
The Mummers Parade is supported by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland. For more information on The Mummers Parade go to roscommonartscentre.ie.