‘Dear Dirty Dublin’: a concert featuring new music inspired by the Dublin Lockout 1913 takes place on 1 February


Presented by the Contemporary Music Centre, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane, Dear Dirty Dublin commemorates the Dublin Lockout 1913.

The concert, which takes place at Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin on 1 February at 3.00pm, features music by composers Vincent Kennedy and Michael Holohan inspired by the city of Dublin and its history. The music will be complemented by readings from the writings of Yeats, Clarke, Kavanagh, Behan, Larkin and Connolly. Donal O’ Kelly, actor and playwright, will read September 1913 by W.B. Yeats, a poem which has a resonant connection with the Lockout and the early turbulent history of The Hugh Lane Gallery.

Works performed include Tommy Donnybrook, s-Trumpet City, and Soliloquy to a City by Vincent Kennedy. Dublin Street Cries, All In , All In, and James Connolly and Jim Larkin rip by Michael Holohan.

Performers will include the RIAM singers, conductor Margaret Bridge, Gerry Cullen (singer) , Vincent Kennedy (trumpet), Brian Dunning (flute), Pádhraic Ó’ Cuinneagáin (piano), Breifne Holohan (guitar), the Drogheda String Ensemble, Donal O’Kelly (actor).

Dear Dirty Dublin is an expansion of the musical project Musical Tales which toured Dublin City Libraries in April 2013. It was devised by CMC in association with Dublin: One City One Book (Dublin City Council). This concert, which is the final artistic event associated with Dublin Divided: September 1913 exhibition curated by Dr Margarita Cappock, is supported by Dublin City Council, the Contemporary Music Centre, and the Sundays @ Noon concert series.

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