Exhibition: The Real Songs of 1916 and The War of Independence

17 February 2016
By Bryan Smyth

Terry Moylan will give an illustrated presentation on ‘The Real Songs of 1916 and The War of Independence’ on Saturday 20th February at 4pm in St. Peter’s Church, North Main Street, Cork.

The talks promise to be engaging and informative as Mr. Moylan is a both a musician in his own right and an expert on the historical context of Irish revolutionary songs. This expertise is gained through his position at a researcher and archivist with Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Society of Uilleann Pipers) and as author of ‘The Age of Revolution in the Irish Song Tradition 1776 – 1815’ and many more publications and collections on Irish music, dance and song.

Mr. Moylan has an in-depth knowledge of the type of traditional music that would have been popular in the turbulent times of 100 years past which will be a new and interesting take on the many centenary commemorations taking place.

This Trad Talk is just one of several free events taking place as part of the Gradam Ceoil TG4, traditional Irish Music Awards, weekend in Cork. The awards which will be presented by celebrities Brendan Gleeson and Moya Brennan, amongst others, will culminate with a concert at Cork Opera House on Sunday 21 February at 8.30pm, which will also be broadcast live on TG4.

Those visiting St Peter’s Church will also have the opportunity to view Taispeántas le Clúdaigh Ceirníní Gael Linn / An Exhibition of Gael Linn Record Sleeves 1957-2016. This exhibition will run Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm until 29 February. And there is also a 1916 exhibition taking place in the building simultaneously.

The Lee Sessions Trad Trail is also taking place over the weekend in Sin É, Cantys, The Oliver Plunkett, The Metropole, Charlies, The Corner House, Larry Thompkins, An Spailpin Fánach, Counihans and The Gables and more.


If you’re a fan of traditional Irish music then it is not too late to book tickets for Gradam Ceoil TG4, in association with Cork City Council. Tickets are priced €25 and are available from the Cork Opera House: www.corkoperahouse.ie, 021 4270022. For more information check out www.gradam.ie or Facebook and Twitter @gradamceoil. #Gradam

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