‘ORFÉAS Nua / The New Orpheus, Michael Hartnett: A bi-lingual celebration twenty years on’ is the weighty title to what should be a uniquely Irish event taking place this Friday 18. The venue for the 8pm gathering for words, music and storytelling is No. 1 Pery Square Hotel, Georgian Quarter.
Guthanna Binne Síoraí will stage a multimedia reading in Irish and English of Hartnett’s work, “this unique and influential poet who was steeped in the Gaelic tradition”.
The late Newcastle West poet was “a man who lived his art, as noted by one of Ireland’s foremost poets, translator Gabriel Fitzmaurice, who will read poems in Irish and share his memories of his friend Michael.”
Cathal Quin of The Lir Academy and artistic director of Guthanna Binne Síoraí and Mouth on Fire, will read poems in English. Sean-nós and contemporary dancer Sibéal Davitt will respond to the texts and to music by Michelle Mulcahy on the harp, fiddle and concertina. There will be more again from musician, broadcaster and producer Tristan Rosenstock on bodhrán.
Dul isteach €5. The above Youtube imagery, interviews and film are courtesy of James Lawlor, part of a presentation made for Éigse Michael Hartnett 2011.