The Pied Piper of Belfast

© By Dr Martin Forker

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The Pied Piper of Belfast (2005) with the spirit of an Irish banshee materializing from an enchanted flute reflects the notion of a musical mythomoteur. According to Irish mythology, banshees were death messengers to ancient Irish families. Loyalists and Irish Republicans have a combination of myths and beliefs which inform each group’s mythomoteur that endows their ideology with shape and direction. Both groups employ music to achieve their agendas. In short, the image attempts to portray how Belfast children are affected by Loyalist and Irish Republican beliefs through the power of traditional music. Belfast children learn in the School of Sorrow where lessons of bigotry and sectarianism are taught.

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Oil on Canvas


99 x 91cms