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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 Border Counties.
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 Academy
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 Development.
More information about the project is available from