Brendan Begley: Accordions / Vocals and Mike Hanrahan: Guitars / Vocals have created a show, which tells a story of Ireland’s 1916 Rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning 1890 to 1916.
In it they take songs so familiar to generations of Irish people and shine an extra light on their significance. Songs such as Oro se de Bheatha abhaile, The Tri Coloured Ribbon, A Nation Once Again, James Connolly and A Soldier's Song which would eventually be translated to Irish and become our National Anthem.
They will perform Dublin’s Burning at the Dock on Saturday, July 2 at 8.30pm
The two are not historians but just two writers, musician and singers who happened to read a small library concerning a group of extraordinary people, men and women who lived in Ireland around a hundred years ago, many of whom were writers, musicians, singers, dancers, artists, poets, painters, sculptors and dreamers.
Their Ireland was a country in a cultural revolution celebrating the rebirth of its language, music, song, art, history and folklore against a backdrop of British rule. They believed along with many other Irish men and Irish women, irrespective of religion or class, that the natural progression of a cultural revolution could only lead to a free and independent Republic of Ireland.
Brendan and Mike discovered songs, stories and incredible characters who took part in an armed revolution that would change Ireland for ever more. In a week, Dublin burned with desire, passion, anger, sadness and pride. It was a momentous time in Irish history and the hope is that the show will draw people to the story, educate and entertain.
Tickets are available now on 0719650828 or online at www.thedock.ie