Northern Ireland

Armagh Rhymers enjoy Glastonbury experience

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Media captionA masked song and storytelling group play Glastonbury and carry on a tradition believed to be 2,500 years old.

The Armagh Rhymers have described their appearance at the Glastonbury music festival as a "wonderful experience".

The traditional masked song and storytelling group played the theatre and circus fields at the event which was headlined by The Rolling Stones on Saturday night.

The group had played at Worthy Farm three times previously, but for one member, Eoin Kelly, it was a first taste of the Somerset extravaganza which attracts thousands of revellers.

"It has been a wonderful experience, wonderful people and a wonderful connection," he said.

"We had two shows twice a day, I think they (the crowd) are always up for something authentic, genuine and different.

"We had some great families up with us and they sang along to the Boys from the County Armagh, so what else do you want?

"We had a bit of a session last night with the Stones about midnight, it was the standing stones and Ray (Dunne) was like the midnight rambler."

The Armagh Rhymers were established in the 1970s and wear hessian and straw on their bodies, with animal masks on their heads.

Their stories, songs and dances hark back to a house-visiting tradition.

As well as rhymers, they have been known as mummers.

The group has said the tradition is enjoying a revival in schools and theatres especially across Armagh.

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