Dermot Kennedy, Denise Chaila, Lisa Hannigan & many more added to the Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung line up
October 2, 2023
RTÉ and South Wind Blows are proud to present the live concert of a century this October, as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023.
The live events takes place at Dublin's RDS on 7 October and will be broadcast on RTÉ One, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Player on 30 October.
Global superstar Dermot Kennedy, RTÉ Choice Music Prize winner Denise Chaila, Irish drill artistSELLÓ, award-winning songwriter Lisa Hannigan and the acclaimed Dónal Lunnyare among some of the exciting new acts announced to perform at Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung. The live concert presented by RTÉ and South Wind Blows will 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 the hundred years from 1923 - 2023 through performance, song, music, dance, and spoken word.
These artists join a host of previously announced performers and contributors including Damien Dempsey, Aidan Gillen, Tolü Makay, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Síle Denvir with Bláth na hÓige and Liam Ó Maonlaí, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Dara Ó Cinnéide, Loah, Martin Hayes, Eamonn McCann, FeliSpeaks, Diarmaid Ferriter, Sally Mulready OBE, director Mia Mullarkey, musician Steo Wall and the London Irish Elders Choir.
Other names announced include drill star SELLÓ, Irish writer Anne Enright, poet Paula Meehan, Hugh Lane Gallery director Barbara Dawson, filmmaker Lelia Doolan, dance artist Edwina Guckian, Senator Eileen Flynn, and acclaimed traditional artists Dónal Lunny, Pauline Scanlon, John Francis Flynn and The Scratch as well as virtuosic musical duo Catrin Finch & Aoife Ní Bhriain. Ireland 100 will also feature exclusive filmed performances from the acclaimed Conor O’Brien and the great concertina player Cormac Begley.
Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung takes its title from W. B. 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 have now closed. The concert will be broadcast on RTÉ One, RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio 1 on Monday 30 October.
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’.