Dermot Kennedy and Moving Hearts join line-up for Ireland 100: An Old Song Resung
Concert at Dublin's RDS on October 7th will air on RTÉ on October 30th
Singer Dermot Kennedy, and acclaimed trad group featuring Donal Lunny - Moving Hearts - will perform at Ireland 100: An Old Song Resung, a live concert presented by RTÉ and South Wind Blows to mark 100 years of the Irish State as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023.Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung commemorates, in performance, song, music, dance, and spoken word, the hundred years from 1923 - 2023 through the lens of Irish culture. Dermot Kennedy, and Moving Hearts join a host of previously announced performers and contributors including Damien Dempsey, Aiden Gillen, Tolü Makay, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Síle Denvir with Bláth na hÓige and Liam Ó Maonlaí, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Loah, Martin Hayes, FeliSpeaks, Diarmaid Ferriter, Sally Mulready OBE, the London Irish Pensioners Choir and more.
Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung takes its title from WB Yeats's poem, Down By The Salley Gardens. Yeats, was the first Irish Nobel laureate from the newly independent State, winning the award in 1923, the year in which the opening of the show is set.
1923 was also the year that Ireland joined the newly-established League of Nations, thus marking formal recognition and the country's entry into the international community. This moment marks the end of a uniquely transformative period in our history which saw huge social and political change as the developing new State navigated an uncertain future, filled with possibilities.
Applications for free tickets, which opened on September 19th, have now closed.
The concert will be broadcast on RTÉ One, RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio 1 on Monday, October 30th.
Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme, 2012-2023’.
For more information: Jennifer O'Brien, RTÉ Senior Communications, Jennifer.obrien@Rte.ie, 087 4019161