EXILE – Songs & Tales of Irish Australia
Ireland’s greatest export has been her people and for centuries, emigration and exile have been harsh, repeating themes of Irish history.
An astounding array of artists from Ireland and Australia gather in a moving celebration of the Irish impact on Australian life. Through abundant literature, music, poetry and art, as well as a keen hunger for justice, the Irish spirit has stamped itself on the evolving culture of Australia.
Almost a third of all Australians claim some degree of Irish descent, so it’s timely to reflect upon this history in the centenary year of the 1916 Easter Uprising, the catalyst for Ireland’s nationhood. The enduring influence on Australian history, music and politics is recounted through rich imagery and stirring performances in this special concert event.
There is no denying the contribution that the Irish have made to Australian life. It’s certainly varied but rarely dull.
Shane Howard (Artistic Director), Paul Kelly, Declan O’Rourke, Leah Flanagan, Sean Tyrrell, Lynnelle Moran, Pauline Scanlon, John Spillane and Aine Tyrrell.
Musicians: Greg Sheehan, Nick Martin, Michelle Burton, Paddy Fitzgerald, Ewen Baker (Musical Director)
SAT 20 FEB – Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
SUN 21 FEB – Adelaide Festival Centre
MON 29 FEB – QPAC Brisbane