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Imagining Ireland: Speaking up, Singing Louder

SUnday 9th February 2020

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The Guardian about Imagining Ireland 2018

a glorious, cliche-free musical melting pot

Lisa O’Neill
Radie Peat
Sorcha Richardson
Eimear McBride
Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen
Sinéad Gleeson
Denise Chaila
Wendy Erskine
Sara Baume

Recent years have seen a groundswell of women’s voices in Irish literature, music and poetry. This intimate event will celebrate those voices, bringing together a stellar cast of women with a lot to say.

Art-pop auteur, SOAK, creates emotionally probing songs of startling candor. Lisa O’Neill’s raw and unvarnished folk has won widespread praise and awards this year. With Lankum and solo, Radie Peat is one of the remarkable voices of new folk. Sorcha Richardson’s debut First Prize Bravery marks the arrival of a major new artist.

The words are just as vital as the music, the show gathers the leading lights of an acclaimed generation of Irish writers to speak up. The cast includes Eimear McBride (A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, Strange Hotel), Sara Baume (A Line Made by Walking), Wendy Erskine (Sweet Home), Sinéad Gleeson (Constellations) and Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen (Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling, The Importance of Being Aisling).

Word and music meet in the work of Denise Chaila, a Zambian-Irish rapper, singer and poet hailing from Chikankata, Zambia and based in Limerick. Her music blends spoken word and rap to give voice to the sound of a transatlantic odyssey.

Curated by Sinéad Gleeson & Gary Sheehan, NCH.

Imagining Ireland is an annual specially produced concert elucidating current themes and key artists in Irish culture taking place at The Barbican, London and NCH, Dublin. Produced by NCH in partnership with Serious UK. Supported by Culture Ireland.
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