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- Feb 21Feb21Find ticketsFri 19:30Barbican Hall - LondonImagining IrelandLow Availability
About Imagining Ireland
Recent years have seen a huge groundswell of women’s voices in Irish literature, music and poetry. This special event will celebrate those voices, bringing together a stellar cast of women with a lot to say:
Imelda May brings her jazz-tinged vocals the show, following the boldest and most personal album she has written to date, Love. Life. Flesh. Blood.
Lisa O’Neill breathes life to songs passed through generations, some mixed with political messages, giving a voice to a community and dark tales of the past.
Art-pop auteur SOAK creates emotionally probing songs of startling candour.
As lead singer of the band Lankum, Radie Peat is one of the remarkable voices of new folk.
The words are just as vital as the music. Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations, explains how she curated the show and what made her choose the artists she invited to the line-up:
"I wanted this line-up to be inclusive and diverse; to showcase the huge number of talented women telling stories with songs or essays or short stories. The biggest problem was how to scale it down, with so much talent to choose from."
Deborah Levy is the author of seven novels, including Swimming Home, Hot Milk and The Man Who Saw Everything, all of which were nominated for the Booker Prize. She has written two acclaimed works of memoir, Things I Don’t Want To Know and The Cost of Living. She joins some of the leading lights of an acclaimed generation of Irish writers to speak out.
The evening includes Wendy Erskine (Sweet Home), Sinéad Gleeson (Constellations), Sara Baume (A Line Made by Walking), and Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen (Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling, The Importance of Being Aisling).
Word and music meet in the work of Denise Chaila, a Zambian-Irish rapper, singer and poet hailing from Chikankata in Zambia and based in Limerick. Her music blends spoken word and rap to give voice to the sound of a transatlantic odyssey.
Praise for Imagining Ireland:
"A glorious musical melting pot, a modern multi-faceted view of Irish experience"
The Guardian on Imagining Ireland 2018
"It’s kind of an institution; it’s an amazing event. Do get yourself a ticket - it is well worth it"
Last updated: January, 2020