Orféas Nua / The New Orpheus - Michael Hartnett: A bi-lingual celebration twenty years on

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Orféas Nua / The New Orpheus - Michael Hartnett: A bi-lingual celebration twenty years on

Time: October 18, 2019 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: 1 Pery Square, Georgian Quarter, Limerick
Street: 1 Pery Square
City/Town: Limerick
Event Type: poetry, dance, music
Latest Activity: Oct 8, 2019

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OIRFÉAS NUA Mícheál Ó hAirtnéide: Comóradh 20 


Featuring special guests Cathal Quinn and Gabriel Fitzmaurice, dancer Sibéal Davitt and musicians Michelle Mulcahy and Tristan Rosenstock


Dé hAoine 18 Deireadh Fómhair | Friday 18th October, 8pm

One Pery Square, Georgian Quarter, Limerick 

Cead Isteach | Admission €5 


I’ll never forget reading his first short poems…they had a kind of hypnotic power, as if a new Orpheus has emerged from Newcastle West. He was Limerick’s Lorca’. So wrote Seamus Heaney of Michael Hartnett, who died twenty years ago. 


Friday 18th October, Guthanna Binne Síoraí will stage a bi-lingual multimedia reading of this unique and influential poet who was steeped in the Gaelic tradition, a man ‘who lived his art’, as noted by one of Ireland’s foremost poets and translator Gabriel Fitzmaurice – who will read poems in Irish, and share his memories of his friend Michael. Head of voice at The Lir academy and artistic director of Guthanna Binne Síoraí and Mouth on Fire Cathal Quinn will read poems in English. Sean-nós and contemporary dancer Sibéal Davitt will respond to the texts and to music by Michelle Mulcahy on the harp, fiddle and concertina, and from musician, broadcaster, and producer Tristan Rosenstock on bodhrán. 


“Orféas Nua / The New Orpheus, Michael Hartnett: A bi-lingual celebration twenty years on” takes place at 8pm, Friday 18th October, at 1 Pery Square, Georgian Quarter, Limerick. Tickets €5 are available on the door on the night. 


Cailleadh Mícheál Ó hAirtnéide scór bliain ó shin, file dátheangach a ndúirt Seán Ó Tuama faoi: ‘His poetry in Irish exudes an intimate lyric magic; indeed his poetic voice is more lucid, more natural perhaps, in his Irish poems than those in English.’

Déanfaidh an compántas Guthanna Binne Síoraí comóradh agus ceiliúradh, Dé hAoine 18 Deireadh Fómhair ar ‘Lorca Luimnigh’, mar a thug Heaney air. D’fhéadfadh gur fhág A Farewell to English ina dhílleachta teanga é, gan glacadh leis go hiomlán ina dhiaidh sin i saol an Bhéarla ná i saol na Gaeilge ach oiread. Páirteach sa chomóradh anocht beidh Cathal Quinn agus Gabriel Fitzmaurice, an damhsóir Sibéal Davitt agus an ceoltóir Michelle Mulcahy agus Tristan Rosenstock. 


This is a guthanna binne síoraí/ everlasting voices production.


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