The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford, 1st December 2022, 7:30pm

Róisín OGrady Soprano

Siobhán Armstrong Italian baroque harp and early Irish harp

Cárthach MacCraith Sean-nós singer

Tickets €17/€15/€5

England’s Williamite wars of the late 1600s spilled into Ireland, with the forces of the warring King James and William of Orange battling at the Boyne and Aughrim, and with two sieges of Limerick. The defeat of the Jacobite Irish in 1691 led to the exile of the earl of Lucan, Patrick Sarsfield, along with the rest of the Irish military force to continental Europe, where they lived and died fighting other nations’ battles. This programme presents the sound world of these so-called Wild Geese, in Ireland and Europe, around 1700.


English composers include John Blow (1649-1708) and Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

French airs de cour by Etienne Moulinie (1599-1676) and Antoine Boesset (1586-1643)

Arias by Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) and Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) performed by Roisin and Siobhan

Solo Irish harp repertoire will include a selection of songs and airs by Thomas and William Cannellon

Solo songs sung in sean-nós will come from the Irish poets of the 17th and 18th century: Tadgh Gaelach Ó Suilleabháin, Liam Dall Ó hIfearnáin and Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin as well as Dúnaire Osraíoch, a book on the songs commonly sung in Irish in Co. Kilkenny between c. 1750 and 1850, as a source.

More on Róisín O’Grady HERE

More on Siobhán Armstrong HERE

More on Cárthach MacCraith HERE

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