You don’t have to be a rock star to be an artist.
You don,t even have to know how to play a guitar.
You just need to be passionate about the music you love and the people you love.
And, if you’re lucky, the music will just come to you.
In the city of Ballybunion, the best place to be can be found on a stone wall, or in the heart of a stone community.
A stone wall is a small area in the middle of a street, usually within a single neighbourhood, where stone artists and stone musicians are encouraged to come to play music, learn, or just hang out.
It’s a place where, if there is one person who is in charge of the community, there’s always someone to be around.
“It’s like an orphanage, it’s a community centre for people who are not interested in any career path, who are just stone-artists, musicians, and people who enjoy being stone-musicians,” said artist James Purnell.
“I feel very comfortable in this environment because of the people around me.
There’s no pressure to achieve, just people who love the music and the community and who are interested in it.”
Stone music is a way of life for many people in Ballygarrin, who call it the “lost city”.
The music is played on a wall that has been constructed from the ground up.
“We built this wall to be in this area where you can come and play music with other people,” said James.
“I feel like it’s more like a community than it is a club.”
There’s a sense of community and community spirit and love for each other.
There are really a lot of people who share that and enjoy it.
“Ballygaurann, which is in County Donegal, is an area that has a rich history of music, including rock and roll, folk and rockabilly.
The town is home to some of the most popular venues for people to play rock, blues and country music.
James says he likes to play at the Stone Bar in Bann na Gharb on Saturday evenings.”
If there’s no one else around, then we can just go and hang out, drink, and just hang in the corner of the bar,” he said.”
The community that is there makes it easy for me to come and just play with people, enjoy the music, and make music.
“He says he has never played rock music before and he only has one instrument, a guitar, but he plays a lot.”
Rock is a lot more personal and emotional than a lot and so that’s why I play it,” he explained.”
So, you know, you can just tell people what you’re going to do, and they can relate to that.
“If you know someone who has played, it doesn’t mean you know what you want to do but you know how you want it.”
You can just feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself and the world around you.
“Everyone in Bannon is really nice and they are always welcoming.”
“The only thing I know is that the music is in my heart, that I am a rock-star and I love to play.”