Library welcomes Irish songwriter

WHEELING – Singer-songwriter Steafan Hanvey of Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, will present the multi-media program “Look Behind You! A Father and Son’s Impressions of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland Through Photograph and Song” at noon Oct. 10 at the Ohio County Public Library.

Hanvey is the son of photojournalist Bobbie Hanvey and often accompanied his father and witnessed many of the incidents Bobbie Hanvey photographed.

The program utilizes Bobbie Hanvey’s photographs and edits of some of his radio interviews in conjunction with Steafan Hanvey’s songwriting.

“My dad says, ‘nobody ever leaves Northern Ireland,’ and it’s true,” said Steafan Hanvey. “It’s what’s made us who we are. It’s made me what I am, and you can leave it, but you are always wanting to go back.”

Hanvey also will give a solo acoustic performance at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the River City Ale Works located at 14th and Main streets.

The program is supported by the library and Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. Additional funding is provided by the Wheeling Ancient Order fo Hibernians.

Both programs are free and open to the public.