The Calling of the Wild Geese

Thursday Dec 1st 2022 • 12:00 am | The Large Room • City Hall

    Róisín O’Grady Soprano
    Siobhán Armstrong Italian baroque harp and early Irish harp
    Cárthach MacCraith Sean-nós singer
Siobhán Armstrong harp Cárthach MacCraith Sean nós singer Róisín O’Grady Soprano

England’s Williamite wars of the late 1600s spilled into Ireland, with the forces of the warring King James and William of Orange battling at the Boyne and Aughrim, and with two sieges of Limerick. The defeat of the Jacobite Irish in 1691 led to the exile of the earl of Lucan, Patrick Sarsfield, along with the rest of the Irish military force to continental Europe, where they lived and died fighting other nations’ battles. This programme presents the sound world of these so-called Wild Geese, in Ireland and Europe, around 1700.

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    English composers include:

    John Blow (1649-1708)
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

    French airs de cour by:

    Etienne Moulinie (1599-1676)
    Antoine Boesset (1586-1643)

    Arias by:

    Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
    Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    performed by Roisin and Siobhan

    Solo Irish harp repertoire:

    Including a selection of songs and airs by Thomas and William Cannellon.

    Solo songs sung in sean-nós:

    From the Irish poets of the 17th and 18th century:
    Tadgh Gaelach Ó Suilleabháin
    Liam Dall Ó hIfearnáin
    Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin
    Dúnaire Osraíoch

    A book on the songs commonly sung in Irish in Co. Kilkenny between c. 1750 and 1850, as a source.