Story By: Des Mc Dermott
Pictured left is J.B. Vallely, an established painter and musician. He was born in 1941 into a Co. Armagh family which had a strong cultural involvement in sport and language. In 1958 at the age of seventeen he sold his first painting. He then went on to study at the Belfast College of Art from 1959 and later at the Edinburgh Art College.
His earliest achievement saw eight of his works purchased for the Irish display at the 1963 World Fair in New York and In 1968 The Irish Times regarded him as “one of the more exciting Irish painters”
I had the pleasure of attending a talk he did in the Palace in Armagh and a tour of his works, where he is the “Artist in Residence”
Such is Brian’s love for music that he founded the Armagh Pipers Club in 1966 and has organised the annual William Kennedy International Piping Festival since 1994, together with his involvement with numerous other concerts
To the right of the picture is Ivan Little no stranger to our TV screens. Ivan began his career as a journalist working for The Portadown Times and the Belfast Telegraph . He moved into broadcasting by joining Downtown Radio and from there went on to join Ulster Television as a reporter in 1980. In his career at UTV, he reported for Good Evening Ulster, Six Tonight and UTV Live. From the picture you can see he sometimes lived dangerously…
Ivan has appeared on stage in the plays The Quare Gunk, Scenes from the Big Picture, Educating Rita and Dealer’s Choice. He also starred in The History of the Troubles (according to my Da)‘ He appeared in a UTV documentary in 2007 discussing his involvement in the play’s production.
On taking voluntary redundancy at UTV, Ivan made it known that his desire was to devote more time to acting and confirmed he had two major roles in prospect. “Watch this Space”