Children of the Revolution is a unique concert series which brings together traditional musicians and singers from throughout Ireland who are descended from men and women involved in the 1916 Easter Rising.
Supported by the Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council it features four County Waterford performers. The line-up is a must for lovers of traditional music, song and history. The concert explores and celebrates 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 Clodagh Kelly, Kilmanahan on fiddle and harp, along with Tramore sisters Jana & Rebecca McCarthy Kent on flute and fiddle. The concert will also feature traditional songs of revolution including original songs written to commemorate the 1916 Rising from Cúl na Smear’s Michéal Marrinan and Wexford singer Aileen Lambert.
Each of the performers will share their own personal connections to 1916 and the role their relatives played. Special guests on the evening will be schoolchildren from the county who will perform songs of 1916 such as All Around my Hat, The Foggy Dew and Óro ‘Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile.
The project is devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert who have worked on a variety of traditional music & song projects in recent years, with the support of the Arts Council and in partnership with the National Library of Ireland. These include The 1916 Song Project earlier this year, which involved nine singers composing new songs of 1916 in the traditional style, a number of which will be included in the concert.