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"Ghosts" by Emer Kenny
An album inspired by first-hand accounts of experiences
of the The Troubles
Emer Kenny will be releasing her new studio album entitled
Ghosts with a live launch in The Spirt Store, George's
Quay, Dundalk on Thursday 14th November 2019 @ 7.30pm.
This album is a unique endeavour centred on the composition
and interpretation of music and songs driven and inspired
by first-hand accounts of specific events and tragedies
connected to the conflict in Northern Ireland and the
Emer is an internationally critically acclaimed composer,
musician, and vocalist from Dundalk. Her compositions
have been used in Hollywood films, and major US TV series.
As a recording artist, Emer's first album Emer Kenny was
released worldwide by Polygram and sold over 75k. She
released two other solo albums in 2000 and 2004 with Gold
Circle (Los Angeles) and Artemis (New York) respectively.
In the production and recording of Ghosts, with producer
John Murphy, Emer has interviewed and worked with 6 individuals
severely impacted by The Troubles - these include Stephen
Travers, a survivor of the Miami Showband atrocity in
1975, David Cunningham and his mother Mary, who were caught
up in Clarke's Bar bombing Monaghan Street, Newry on Christmas
Eve 1973, Margaret English whose family were caught up
in the car bombing of Kay's Tavern Crowe Street, Dundalk
in 1975 - and Will Glendinning former Ulster Defence Regiment
(UDR) member whose family were involved in the establishment
of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. These individuals
have supplied spoken word testimonies / recorded narrative
accounts or musical performances for the album. Also preforming
on the album is the Rev Gary Hastings Rector of Holy Trinity,
Killiney, a respected traditional musician who has recorded
with the Chieftains, and who has been involved with peacebuilding
for many years.
This album launch is in conjunction with the Theatre and
Peacebuilding Academy - and the launch event will include
live musical performances from the album, as well as spoken
word contributions from those whose stories fed the work.
This event is free to the public as the desire is peacebuilding
and the work is centred on the heartfelt stories and lived
experiences of those severely impacted by the conflict.
It is our intention also that everyone in attendance would
be given a free copy of the finished album on CD
The Playhouse is working in partnership with Holywell
Trust, Thomas D'Arcy McGee Foundation and Queens University
Belfast to deliver The Playhouse Theatre Peace Building
The PEACE IV Programme is an EU funded Programme designed
to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland
and the border region. It is managed by the Special EU
Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Match-funding for the project has been provided by the
Executive Office and the Department for Rural and Community
More information about the project is available from www.theatreandpeacebuilding.co.uk