Mezzo soprano Aine Mulvey and harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell present songs and harp music commemorating the 1916 Rising in the event 'Songs of Ireland'.
The programme explores both traditional repertoire and art songs that grew out of a attempt to define a Nationalist culture that was uniquely Irish. The concerts will include music by the early Irish blind harper, Turlough O’Carolan; folk songs collected by Thomas Moore and contemporary music which explores different aspects of Ireland’s national identity.
The programme includes a number of pieces which particularly reference the 1916 Rising, including settings of poems by the revolutionary Joseph Mary Plunkett, executed by firing squad just 7 hours after marrying his sweetheart; the very moving setting of Padraig Pearse’s poem “The Mother”, by T.C. Kelly, and the traditional air “Róisín Dubh” (or “Dark Rose”, an appellation used for Ireland), which inspired Sean O’Riada’s “Mise Éire” (I am Ireland) score for a 1960s film commemorating the Rising.
Anne-Marie O’Farrell is the leading exponent of the Irish or lever harp as a recital instrument and Áine has worked with many of Ireland’s top ensembles including the National Chamber Choir, Opera Ireland and the RTE Concert Orchestra.