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Visionaries and their Words, Tour 2017

The critically acclaimed Show, Visionaries and their Words, continues its successful Irish tour in March and April 2017 in Dundalk, Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Created by renowned sean- nós singer, composer and adventurer, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, this Show is a new musical rendering of the words of Plunkett, Connolly, Ceannt and Pearse.

Described as "startlingly original" by fROOTS, the Show reveals the artistic brilliance and vision in the writings of four of the Leaders of the Easter Rising; Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, Eamonn Ceannt, and Joseph Plunkett. Lorcán Mac Mathúna, draws from their poetry to reflect the musical influence that touched on their lives, and uncovers the sean-nós of Pearse, the perfect meter of Plunkett and the balladry of Connolly.

The concert features male, female, and children's voices including Lorcán Mac Mathúna (voice), Íde Nic Mhathúna (voice and concertina),Martin Tourish (accordion), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar), Eamonn Galdubh (uillean pipes, saxophone, flute, bodhrán) and Elaine O'Dea (spoken word). Described as "remarkable, there is no other word to describe this exceptional evening" by the Bretagne Presse while fROOTS said "there's a remarkable empathy evident in the musical settings of the poetry. Voices and fiddles rise and soar skywards in Joseph Plunkett's The Cloud, startlingly original"

Lorcán Mac Mathúna

The first Show of 2017 was staged in Wexford and was described by the Wexford Echo as "a truly tantalising melange of music, songs and readings based on the writings of Pearse, Plunkett, Connolly and Ceannt and those texts proved not only how concerned they were about culture, art and education but they expressed their views with a vivacity and articulation rare in today's political landscape"

The Show is accompanied by an uplifting, highly acclaimed CD of 11 songs, Visionaries 1916 (Soundcloud). fROOTS said "the songs possess a powerful immediacy due to their being crafted directly from the words and music of four of the seven signatories to the Proclamation of the Republic"

A must see Show, not to be missed! It will change the way you see the Leaders of 1916. Check out www.1916visionaries.ie Tickets €20.00, available for Visionaries and their Words at the following venues;

31st March 2016-An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co Louth.
2nd April 2017-Sean O'Casey Theatre, East Wall, Dublin ( Five Lamps Arts Festival )
14th April 2017-Triskel Christchurch, Cork.
29th April 2017-Culturlann, Belfast.

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