A new album entitled Visionaries 1916 is the culmination of a remarkable traditional music project celebrating the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising through a cycle of songs using the poetry of Pearse, Plunkett and Connolly, while paying due homage to the Pipers’ Club founder Éamonn Ceannt.
Renowned sean nós singer and composer Lorcán Mathúna is the driving force behind the project, teaming with long-term collaborators Martin Tourish and Daire Bracken for the recording.
“The reason The Rising inspired so many Irish people, and indeed people throughout the world,” says Lorcán, “was that it was led by people with vision who could express their ideas so clearly and profoundly. They included artists, politicians, poets, authors, teachers, and visionaries. In this album I have used their words, and only their words, to explore their ideas and vision and do honour to their memory.”
February-March 2017 tours, Ireland