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Winner of the Silver Medal in the History category at the New York Festivals 2011
A 3-part series celebrating Ireland’s maritime song tradition. Historians may have neglected our maritime heritage, but our singers have not and a good song can give us a feel for life at sea better than any text book can. Discover a song chest of rousing sea shanties, ballads of hardship and heroism as well as heartrending tales of love, loss, betrayal and revenge.
Programme 1: Hard Men to Shave
Programme one explores key narratives in the sea shanties and ballads of the 19th century and taps into some hair-raising accounts of life at sea for Ireland’s ocean mariners in the age of sail powered ships.
An independent production for RTÉ lyric fm by Well Said Productions and made with the support of the Sound & Vision Broadcasting Funding Scheme, a Broadcasting Authority of Ireland initiative.
Produced and presented by Mary Owens
Produced for RTÉ lyric fm by Olga Buckley
with production coordinator, Eoin O Kelly
(First broadcast: 29th December 2010)