16 October 2022
The Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church
Following the world premiere in Los Angeles and the Irish and European premiere in Cork earlier this year, Cahersiveen tenor Gavan Ring together with acclaimed pianist Louise Thomas present the homecoming of 'Ballads of a Bogman - The Sigerson Clifford Song Cycle' - a terrific new work by composer Stephen McNeff based on the poetry of Cahersiveen's Sigerson Clifford on
16 October 2022 at the Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church at 7pm.
Known as 'The Bard of Iveragh', Clifford was born in Cork City and was raised in Cahersiveen, County Kerry. 'Ballads of a Bogman - The Sigerson Clifford Song Cycle' forms a selection of texts from Clifford's seminal 1955 collection of poetry of the same name. Working with themes such as the revolutionary period, emigration, rural decline and the travelling community in Ireland, McNeff has set Clifford's poetry here to the most exquisite and poignant music, capturing beautifully the spiritual, historical and social fabric of early-twentieth-century rural Ireland through the prism of life in South Kerry at the time.
This performance is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Kerry County Council, RTÉ Lyric FM and the Daniel O'Connell Summer School.
Tickets €20 plus booking fee.