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10 Irish Writers and the (Percy) French Connection

1 of 1 French Connections: Bill Whelan's new arrangements
French Connections: Bill Whelan's new arrangements

Pat McCabe and Belinda McKeon are among ten Irish writers who have been asked to respond to the satirical songs of Percy French and the results can be heard at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday April 2 and Thursday 3.

Many of French's songs gently satirised the world around him and the writers will perform their responses in a contemporary spirit to ten of the Roscommon man's most famous songs.

French Connections will feature new arrangements by Riverdance composer Bill Whelan. Deemed "works in progress", the shows will be directed by Gerry Stembridge, who is no stranger to the art of satire himself, having worked on RTÉ Radio's Scrap Saturday.

The writers are John Butler, Paddy and Tom Cullivan, Barry Devlin, Declan Lynch, Pat McCabe, Belinda McKeon, Pauline McLynn, Paul Muldoon, Arthur Riordan and Gerry Stembridge.

Each writer has chosen one Percy French song and Whelan has re-arranged the music for a contemporary ensemble and actor-singers. The result promises a combination of the best of Percy French, along with a sometimes humorous and poignant comment on Ireland and the world today.

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