Time: 8.30pm, Friday 21st
Location: Market Venue
Anthony Cronin’s RMS Titanic first appeared in the review X in 1961, long before the present celebrity of the Titanic, and was afterwards included in a number of anthologies, most notably in the Penguin Book of Longer Contemporary Poems. The scientist poet Myron Evans recently said it is the best long poem of the twentieth century. Paul Durcan has described it as ‘a major work’. And Derek Mahon has spoken of his own generation ‘recognising immediately that here was something unique and far-reaching’.
Donal Lunny has now written music for this well-known poem. He has set a number of the individual sections for two voices, linked others, and composed an overture or mood piece which enhances the meaning and the effect of the whole. The result is a haunting and evocative musical and vocal event.
It is also a rare collaboration between composer and poet, perhaps the first there has been in contemporary Ireland. The poem will be read by Anthony Cronin and sung by Daoire Farrell and Alison Slater.
Anthony Cronin has been at the centre of of artistic and Cultural life in Ireland for over 60 years. Editor ,journalist, biographer of Flann O'Brien and Samuel Becket, novelist and poet Anthony was instrumental in setting up Aosdana and is on its governing body.
Anthony has an outstanding body of work as a poet including The End of The Modern World (1989) his 'Collected Poems' (New Ireland) were published in 2004, his latest collection is 'After The Fall'(New Ireland)2011.
Donal Lunny is one of Irelands best loved and most respected musiscians. He has being a founding member of Emmet Spiceland, Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts, four of the most important and groundbreaking bands over the last 40 years. He is also an outstanding arranger/producer/composer and musical director. He enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence.
Tonights musicians and singers include Graham Henderson, keyboards, vocalists Allison Sleator and Daoire Farrell.