Roma Downey, Pierce Brosnan and More in This Is Ireland
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The last date listed for This Is Ireland was Thursday March 17, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Featured review from paul Milberg
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"This Is Ireland" was a good show but did not focus on Ireland and its music. Though a soprano sang a piece from Madama Butterfly beautifully, I would have preferred a song of Ireland and the same goes for the Irish Black American who sang a contemporary piece which had no reference to Ireland. There was a large movie screen above the orchestra which could have been used more effectively showing Ireland of the present and of the past-instead it was wasted.
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Honorary Patrons: Martin Sheen, Jim Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan
Are you homesick for Ireland? Or perhaps just always wanted to visit? On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, so this March 17th Twelve O’clock Arts takes you there…
The evening boasts a variety of musicians, singers and actors, a personal greeting to guests from Irish President Mary McAleese and features special performances by Irish actors Roma Downey and Pierce Brosnan.
Hosted by conductor and composer Eimear Noone, a Galway native, the show features traditional, classical and rock music performed by a live orchestra, chorus and rock ensemble.
This magical evening will be filled with music and song, prose and poetry, romance and politics. Experience the pride of the Irish heritage, the richness of Irish culture, and the sparkle of Irish humor.
Produced in cooperation with Tourism Ireland…part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America.