Po­ets and singers cel­e­brate

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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

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