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Apr 28 2016

Concert showcasing new songs on Easter 1916

Nuns’ Island Theatre is the venue for the Galway performance of The 1916 Song Project concert on Saturday May 7th, at 8pm, as part of it’s National Tour. The 1916 Song Project is supported by Galway City Council as part of their 1916-2016 Commemorations Programme.

The 1916 Song Project is a national research and performance project devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert for the 1916 Commemoration Programme and features some of the country's most respected traditional singers and songwriters. The concert will showcase a new body of songs in the traditional style relating to themes, events and figures connected to the Easter Rising.

The singers include County Galway singer Sandra Joyce (from Tuam) and GMIT Lecturer John Tunney (from Donegal), along with singers from Wexford, Dublin, Tipperary and Meath; Paul O’Reilly, Jerry O’Reilly, Fergus Russell, Paddy Berry, Aileen Lambert, Larry Joy and Rosie Ní Ghallóglaigh.

The singers have been working together since August 2015 to research and compose this new body of songs that commemorate the people and events of 1916.  These songs invite us to reflect, challenge us and introduce us to previously unsung heroes. The singers, many of whom are from places where there was significant activity in Easter 1916, will perform in a range of singing styles on a variety of different subjects.

Thérèse McIntyre will also present a free pre-concert public talk from 6-7pm in Nun’s Island Theatre, entitled 'Who Fears to Sing of 1916? - A Search for the Songs of the Rising'. The talk examines the dichotomy between the 1798 Rebellion and the 1916 Rising, why one is more 'singable' than the other and explores common themes and focuses on local composers from the time of the Easter Rising. Free admission, all welcome.

The 1916 Song Project is kindly supported by Fingal, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Meath and Wexford County Councils, Galway City Council, the Arts Council, the Irish Traditional Music Archive and the National Library of Ireland. The concert will begin at 8.00 pm in Nuns’ Island Theatre on Saturday 7th May.

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