We Shall Overcome. The line-up.
Singer-songwriter Tommy Sands leads a cast of leading Traditional musicians, writers, singers with contemporary and sean-nós dancer Sibéal Davitt.
Three top uilleann pipers are taking part — Peter Browne, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Barry Kerr, with harper and singer Síle Denvir, marking the fiftieth anniversary too of the revival of uilleann piping.
Singers Áine Uí Cheallaigh from Riverdance, Noel O’Grady and Niamh Parsons sing powerfully-sensitive political song, and fiddle player Liz Doherty performs the music of Irish counties in Compánach with Fintan Vallely and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn.
Poet Theo Dorgan, and writers Evelyn Conlon and Sean O’Reilly crown and contextualise the event with wit and wisdom, Majella O’Beirne, Aoife O´Connor and Mary Corcoran play a superb trio as The Dublin Lasses.
Des Geraghty leads Ar Scath a Chéile in rounding off this profound anniversary with period song and music.
A highlight of the night will be superb special guests who are at the peak of their popularity in song in Ireland at the moment, and the concert will be kept buzzing by RTÉ’s MC Bláthnid Ní Chofaigh as MC.
It begins at 7.30 sharp, with an interval at 8.30, and wrap-up by 10pm.
Liberty Hall is the venue, a most convenient spot for public transport from all parts of the city and country.
Booking can be done directly with the venue, or with Eventbrite (look for ‘We Shall Overcome’ concert). Admission €20.
The “We Shall Overcome Committee” is a broadly based body set up by trade unionists, human rights campaigners and musicians to mark the 50th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Campaign.
The objective is to celebrate that movement’s achievements by linking it’s principles to rights challenges today in housing, workers’ rights, precarious employment, discrimination, racism , migrant rights and a sustainable environment.
We want this to contribute to the creation of a truly inclusive society in Ireland for all ethnicities, religions and genders and to link to similar issues faced in Britain and Europe, particularly with regard to the threat of the emerging right wing movements.