The Gloaming's fiddle-player Martin Hayes and the band's singer Iarla Ó Lionáird will take part in a Yeats 150th anniversary event at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Saturday, September 12.
Written and presented by historian Roy Foster, Beautiful Lofty Things: An evening with WB Yeats is directed by Alan Gilsenan, and features music from fiddle-player Martin Hayes and vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird from The Gloaming. The event is presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with Yeats 2015. Poets Eavan Boland and John Montague and novelist John Banville will also pay tribute in verse on the night.
Poetry Ireland is issuing a special Yeats 2015 anniversary edition of Poetry Ireland Review, which can be bought at a reduced price with concert ticket for the NCH event. Edited by Vona Groarke, the publication includes responses to Yeats’s immeasurable legacy with brief analysis of individual poems from authors Neil Jordan, Mary Costello, John Banville, Rowan Williams, Colm Tóibín, Frank McGuinness, Joe O’Connor and Fintan O’Toole.
The special publication includes new poems by Irish and international writers such as Margaret Atwood, Sharon Olds, Philip Schultz, Sinéad Morrissey and Harry Clifton, work which will draw on Yeats’s inspiration and vast poetic legacy.
Blood on the Moon is the title of a pair of Yeats-themed musical evenings also taking place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, on September 13 and 14. The concerts are curated by Pulitzer-winning poet Paul Muldoon and The Gloaming's inventive pianist Thomas Bartlett.
Featured guests include Mercury Prize nominee Anna Calvi, folk singer Sam Amidon, Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens and NYC cabaret icon Justin Vivian Bond.
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