The 1916 Rebellion in Song, Music and Stories will take place in the Town Hall on Thursday 28 April at 8pm. It is in commemoration of one of the most important events in Irish history. The story of Galway will be intertwined with the events in Dublin.
Don Stiffe and Pat Coyne, both from the West of Ireland, have been listening and singing songs that relate back to the time of the 1916 rising and on through to the War of Independence and the Civil War in Ireland for many years now. These ballads would have been recorded on A-tracks, old vinyl and cassette tapes; and in later years on CD recordings. The 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising will keep them in the public ear. These ballads would have been sung in pubs, house parties and at shows in Ireland over the last seventy years or more. Both Don and Pat always wanted to come together and make a recording collectively so they feel ‘1916 Classic Irish Ballads’ is a fitting opportunity for them to present some ballads from one of the most important and historical times in the country.
They will be joined by Galway Independent historian William Henry, who will tell stories of the rebellion at various stages throughout the performance. There will also be a number of guests taking part in the show including the Mervue Ladies Choir.
It is a one off and unique type of event so it is important to book early and avoid disappointment. It will be a special night and one to remember, particularly for those whose families were involved in the struggle for Irish freedom.