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Voice of Clannad to Sing Irish History

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Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra
Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad,
and harpist Cormac de Barra will present an
evening of Irish history through music and song
on November 9 at Our Lady of Angels Convent.

A Grammy-award winning musician, a Celtic harp player and an Irish historian will present a free evening of Irish Franciscan history through music, word and song on November 9 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston.

Moya Brennnan (lead singer for the Irish band Clannad), Cormac de Barra and Edel Bhreathnach will weave the memory of a Celtic past with vocals, instrumentals and images of books and manuscripts protected by Irish Franciscans through wars and migration since the seventeenth century. According to Bhreathnach, the one-hour presentation is "the story of preserving and reviving the memory of Irish identity."

The program includes medieval hymns to Saints Patrick and Brigit; tales of Celtic heroes and the Irish Earls, O’Neill and O’Donnell; songs by blind harpist Rory Dall Ó Catháin; and readings from the letters of Rosa O'Doherty. The three performers touch upon the turbulence of religious wars, the historical context of Irish folktales, and the courage of saints and scholars in preserving Gaelic culture.

Brennan won a Grammy with her band, Clannad, which released 23 albums between 1973 and 2003. Still touring in 2010, Clannad is widely known for songs that were used in the soundtrack of three Hollywood films: The Last of the Mohicans, Patriot Games and Robin of Sherwood.  A native of Donegal, Brennan also hosts Welcome Home, a documentary on Irish music currently airing on PBS television.

de Barra hails from a family of Irish musicians and singers. He has collaborated with artists of many different traditions and currently tours and records with Brennan.

A historian of medieval Irish history and literature, Bhreathnach has published widely in the field. She is deputy director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History and Civilisation at University College Dublin.

            

10/18/10

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