Poets and singers celebrate
THERE was a great turnout for Ledwidge Centenary concert in the Droichead Arts Centre. Miriam O’ Gara – Kilmurry spoke about the poet and recounted a very interesting story about a lost Ledwidge poem and the Drogheda Independent of 1914.
The award winning RTE Ledwidge film Behind the Closed Eye 1973 was shown and all agreed that this was a rare treat.
Rachel O’Malley,Mary Clarke and Eugene Gallagher from Slane performed the poignant song John Condon about the fourteen year old Waterford lad, believed to have been the youngest soldier killed in the Great War.
Liam ‘O Meara spoke about Ledwidge’s period in Dublin with reference to Inchicore and he also launched The Orchard Keeper (Shearsman Books UK) by Susan Connolly. Susan read a number of poems from her sequence about Ledwidge and then finished with a more personal poem.
Finally, Hannah O’ Brien the Drogheda soprano, Rebecca Draisey-Collishaw joined Michael Holohan on stage to give the Drogheda premiere of Michael’s new song cycle ‘The Hills are Crying’, eleven poems of Ledwidge set to music for soprano,oboe/cor anglais and piano. Susan Connolly’s book The Orchard Keeper is available in The Craft shop in Slane, The Francis Ledwidge Museum Slane and from the poet herself (087-6641624).
Top: Rebecca Draisley-Collishaw and above, Michael Holohan performing with Hannah O’Brien soprano and Rebecca Draisley-Collishaw