Francis Ledwidge – “Songs of the Whispering Things”
Richmond Barracks is delighted to announce an exclusive Summer concert featuring world renowned vocalists Anúna supported by Lorcán Mac Mathúna.
Date: Sunday July 30th 2017 at 8pm – 10pm
Location: Soldiers’ Gymnasium at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8
The atmospheric voices of world-renowned vocalists Anúna, curated by Artistic Director Michael McGlynn, explore themes of Francis Ledwidge’s poetry within a programme of music that spans one thousand years of literature and song and celebrates the natural world that was the touchstone of his inspiration. This exclusive performance focuses on Ledwidge’s two beautiful texts “May” and “August”, and also his harrowing description of the death of a soldier immortalised in “A Soldier’s Grave”. Ledwidge’s short life ended abruptly and tragically in 1917, but the resonance of his unique voice lingers on.
Supporting Anúna will be award winning, composer and sean nós singer Lorcán Mac Mathúna whose work has been inspired by the words of the 1916 Rising leaders and Ledwidge’s iconic poem “Lament for Thomas Mac Donagh”.
Francis Ledwidge and his association with Richmond Barracks
- After the outbreak of the First World War, in August 1914, the prominent Co. Meath landowner and writer Lord Dunsany joined the 5th Royal Inniskillings at Richmond Barracks as Captain.
- Dunsany’s friend and protégé, poet Francis Ledwidge, soon followed in his footsteps.
- During his time at Richmond Barracks, Ledwidge wrote many new poems and spent much of his time in the Recreation Rooms where he sometimes entertained his comrades with poetry readings.
- The Inniskillings left Richmond Barracks in May 1915 for Basingstoke and Gallipoli. Two years later, on July 31st 1917, Ledwidge was killed at Ypres in Belgium.
Available through Eventbrite or at the door.