Athboy 100 are delighted to welcome The 1916 Song Project to Athboy on the 30th April 2016 as part of our weekend of events.
The 1916 Song Project is a national research and performance project devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert for the 2016 Commemoration Programme and features some of the country’s most respected traditional singers and songwriters.
The 1916 Song Project is based around the principles of shared knowledge, support and co-operation. Since first meeting as a group in August 2015 singers have researched and composed a new body of songs in the traditional style relating to themes, events and figures connected to The Easter Rising. These songs will invite us to reflect, challenge us and introduce us to previously unsung heroes. New perspectives will be offered in a range of subjects, with diverse singing styles from around the country.
This will be Ireland’s premier traditional song event for the 2016 Commemorations and through the vision of Lambert and Fortune, combined with the skills of the singers involved, the project will launch a new body of songs into the traditional song repertoire for decades and centuries to come. The project includes singers from, and will tour to, places were there was significant activity in Easter 1916
Thérèse McIntyre will present a free public talk in each area 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, explores common themes and focuses on local composers from the time of the Easter Rising.
Why not join Athboy 100 and The 1916 Song Project on 30th April the historic grounds of St. James Church of Ireland Church? See Facebook for more details.