DERRYTRESK singer, Rosaleen Campbell (nee Hanna) has been honoured at a special event organised by Comhaltas to coincide with the occasion of her 80th birthday
Rosaleen belongs to a long and acclaimed family of traditional singers and is a well-known face and voice at gatherings throughout the Province and beyond.
A sister of of Geordie Hanna and Sarah Anne O’Neill, Rosaleen has her own style and a wide musical repertoire drawing from a rich selection of local songs as well as traditional classics and lesser heard songs in the traditional store.
The ‘Hanna lilt’ and connection is obvious and clearly features in her delivery.
Sean Campbell of Comhaltas paid tribute to Rosaleen on behalf of the Coalisland/Clonoe Branch, of which they are both members, while Eamon Graham, Chair of the Ulster Council presented Rosaleen with a Commemorative Medallion.
This medal is bestowed on those who have made a significant impact in Irish Traditional music, song, dance or language.
It is the second time a medal has been conferred locally, with Jim O’Donnell receiving one last year for his involvement with the promotion of the Irish language.