STEPHEN REA, MARTIN HAYES TO PERFORM AS PART OF ONCE-OFF CONCERT AT LONDON’S BARBICAN CENTRE
Some of Ireland’s finest writers and musicians – including actor Stephen Rea and The Gloaming’s Martin Hayes - will perform at London’s Barbican Centre in a one-night-only concert of words and music exploring Irish life in England.
Imagining Ireland will take place at The Barbican on Wednesday January 30th, 2019 and marks the conclusion of Culture Ireland GB18, a year-long initiative promoting Irish arts across Britain.
Joining Martin and Stephen will be the musicians Iarla O’Lionaird, Radie Peat of Lankum, and Lisa O’Neill whose latest album has just been described as “uncompromising, stunning, soul-shaking stuff” by The Guardian. Last month, Radie Peat was awarded Best Folk Singer at the inaugural RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards.
Writers talking part in the evening include Bailey’s Fiction Prize winner Eimear McBride (Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing) and poet Martina Evans, who have both written extensively on music and life in London, as well as Timothy O’Grady (I Could Read The Sky), Joseph O’Connor (Star of The Sea), and Melatu Uche Okorie (This Hostel Life). Completing the bill will be the BBC documentarian Fergal Keane (The Story of Ireland).
Imagining Ireland is produced by Serious and the National Concert Hall Dublin, and supported by Culture Ireland – Promoting Irish Arts Worldwide.
It is the third concert in a series of words-and-music events produced by Serious and the National Concert Hall, Dublin at the Barbican, following on from Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song in 2018 and Imagining Ireland: a special event as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme in April 2016.
More information can be found here.https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/imagining-ireland