Children of the Revolution

A unique concert featuring traditional musicians and singers descended from men and women involved in the 1916 Easter Rising at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 8pm Friday 18th November 2016.

This concert featuring a unique line-up of musicians is a must for lovers of traditional music, song and history – a unique way to explore and celebrate the rich cultural legacy of Irish traditional music and song, aspects of our culture which were foremost on the minds of the political leaders of 1916.

Performers include Kildare musicians Brian Crehan (uileann pipes), Niall Crehan (fiddle) and Tos Quinn (uileann pipes) who will be joined by mandolin player Frank Cullen and guitarist Brendan Devereux. The concert will also feature traditional songs of revolution including original songs written to commemorate the 1916 Rising from Fergus Russell, Brendan Devereux and Aileen Lambert. Special guests on the night are sixth class pupils from Scoil Mhuire Senior School, Ballymany who will perform the songs All Around My Hat and Óro Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile.

The image used to promote the project is one of Éamonn Ceannt, revolutionary and signatory of The Proclamation. Éamonn was also an uilleann piper, and we will be fortunate on the night to hear Tos Quinn perform a couple of tunes played of a set of pipes which belonged to Éamonn Ceannt. Each of the performers will also share with us their own personal connections to 1916, and the role that their relatives played.

The project is devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert and also includes the presentation of two other unique concerts in Dungarvan, Co Waterford and Limerick City. Michael and Aileen have worked on a string of traditional music and song projects in recent years, often with the support of the Arts Council, and in partnership with the National Library of Ireland, including The 1916 Song project earlier this year, which involved nine singers composing new songs of 1916 in the traditional style – a couple of which will be included in the Children of the Revolution concert. The Children of the Revolution is supported by Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations Committee along with Limerick and Waterford City and County Councils.

Tickets are available at a price of €12/€10 concession, from Riverbank Arts Centre on 045 448327, For more information on the three unique concerts presented in Kildare, Waterford and Limerick contact Michael and Aileen on 0876470247/0877552593 or see or find us on Facebook.