Former Bond girl Jane Seymour learned to play traditional Irish music on a recent visit to the Duke of York bar in Belfast.
The English actress, who starred in the 1973 Bond film Live and Let Die, was staying in Dublin to film her latest Netflix series and decided to visit Belfast with her granddaughter on Sunday.
Willie Jack, owner of the Duke of York, was asked by mutual friends to show Seymour Belfast.
She frequented the Harp Bar before performing The Rapparees – a Belfast-based folk and traditional Irish music band – at the Duke of York.
“She wanted to hear some traditional Irish music, so we took her to the Duke of York and she heard The Rapparees play,” Jack said.
In fact, she enjoyed music so much that she decided to try it herself. “She actually got up and joined the band, she played the bodhran drum,” said Mr. Jack.
And it seemed that the bodhran was not a difficult instrument for her to master. “She’s very talented and musical, so it was easy for her to play,” said Mr. Jack.
Rapparees member Kevin Mawdsley felt privileged to perform with the actress. “Who knew we’d see a Bond girl in the Duke of York?” he said.
“We were doing our regular singing session and when someone comes over we always get them to give us their party piece and it just so happened that she sat next to us and we got her to show us her party piece,” he said.
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And the bodhran wasn’t the only instrument Seymour could play. Kevin said, “She posed for a photo with the violin because she used to play the violin when she was young.”
Kevin revealed the actress’ granddaughter also shares her love of traditional Irish music. “Her granddaughter is learning to play the violin, so she gave us her party piece too.”
Although instantly recognizable, Ms. Seymour was a good match for the Duke of York.
“I can’t stress enough how easygoing she was, she sat among everyone, she joined in like she was one of us, nobody bombarded her looking for autographs or anything, that’s the thing with the Duke of York, everyone is being dealt with here too,” said Mr Jack.
Singer/songwriter Eddie Booth played the actress a few songs after she heard The Rapparees perform.
Eddie shared a video on social media of the actress enjoying his performance. “She was absolutely lovely, great to swap stories with,” he said.
Eddie praised the Golden Globe winner for being down to earth. “She was acting very, very ordinary, she was down to earth and so lovely,” he said.
And the actress promised she would return to Belfast again: “She said she was coming back, it’s a testament to how much she was enjoying the North,” said Jack.
“She was really involved, she really appreciated the talent that we have here in Belfast, she enjoyed seeing everything we gave her.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/bond-girl-jane-seymour-joins-in-with-trad-band-during-visit-to-belfast-pub-42312062.html Bond girl Jane Seymour performs with a trad band during a visit to a pub in Belfast