Road to Rebellion – Concerts & CD
Philip Scott explored the music of the period accompanied by Donal Hennessy (pianist) and special guest Sophie O’Carroll (soprano) with readings by Liam Quinlivan. Five converts were held in each of Co. Kildare’s Municipal Districts to commemorate the 1916 Rising through the poetry, prose and song, including Danny Boy, The Foggy Dew, The Minstrel Boy and The Soldier’s Song. Other songs that featured were The Old Bog Road by Teresa Brayton, and the poems of William A. Byrne and Tom Behan set to music for the first time.
An Bealach chuig Reibiliún
Canann Philip Scott amhráin an Éirí Amach; le léamha ó Liam Quinlivan. Aoíanna speisialta: Sophie O’Carroll (soprán) agus Donal Hennessey (pianodóir).
Concert Dates and Locations
Riverbank Arts Centre – Main Street – Newbridge
26th March 2016 – 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Carton House – Maynooth – Maynooth
28th March 2016 – 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Athy Community Arts Centre – Woodstock Street – Athy
2nd April 2016 – 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Castletown House – Main Street – Celbridge
23rd April 2016 – 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Naas Town Hall – North Main Street – Naas
24th April 2016 – 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
All concerts were free of charge.
Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee published a CD, Road to Rebellion: Songs That Roused A Nation, sung by Kildare Tenor, Philip Scott
The CD’s were available for purchase at the venues on concerts nights as a unique memento of the County Kildare Commemorative programme.
The CD includes a new musical piece, based on the poem The Calico Shack written by Thomas Behan from Rathangan who was interned after the 1916 Rising, again during the War of Independence, and later executed during the Civil War.
Teresa Brayton, worked selflessly in the background, raising money and support in the U.S.A for the 1916 Rising. She is famously remembered for her poem The Old Bog Road, which, though previously set to music, has been rejuvenated on this CD. The men and women in the G.P.O. sang songs to raise their spirits and calm their fears. They sang The Soldier’s Song, which, at that time, had not been translated into the Irish language and was not yet the anthem of a nation. It is rendered here in both English and Irish.
All songs are performed in the popular style of the tenors of the period; The Foggy Dew, for many the quintessential ‘Rising’ song, was written in 1919; The Minstrel Boy, was as famous on the Civil War battlefields of America as it was in Ireland; Boolavogue specially written for the 100th anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion and many more to bring us back in time to the drawing rooms, parlours, music halls, town halls and picture palaces of an Ireland rising from the ashes to claim its identity among the nations of the world.
The music has been used for a number of key projects.
Concerts: Music, Philip Scott, Sophie O’Carroll, and Donal Hennessy; narration, Liam Quinlivan; Script, Mario Corrigan. Exhibition: Éamonn Ó Modhráin, 1881-1954, A Revolutionary Journey.
Play: A Terrible Beauty – Exposed! The trial of General Sir John Maxwell and Pádraig Pearse, written by Mario Corrigan and directed by Lianne O’Shea. This CD is part of the resource pack issued to schools in Co. Kildare to accompany the play.
The development of five concerts, one within each of Co. Kildare’s Municipal Districts, and the recording of music contemporary to 1916 was part of the commemorative programme and a legacy for future generations.