'Without Delia Murphy, there would have been no Christy Moore' is the claim made by actress and writer Carmen
Cullen in her tribute act to her aunt Delia Murphy , one
of Irelands best loved singers and song collectors. Decades
before the Clancy Brothers , Delia Murphy popularised many Irish Folk Songs bringing them to the attentionof international audiences giving them a respectability at home. And what pearls were the songs she unearthed, so simple and charming that once heard they are never forgotton. Standard party piece favourites for my parents' generation, they are ingrained in our subconscious. The show 'I live til I die' has a mix of songs, illustrated lecture with a slide show of old photographs with the songs delivered by Mairín O Donovan with a great degree of charm accompanied by Gerry Anderson on guitar.
Carmen also reads from her published biographical novel, Two
Sisters Singing using a simple prop of an on stage wind up gramaphone to evoke a past era. (Carmen's mother and Delia were sisters) Included in the set are The Queen of Connemara, Courtin' in the Kitchen, The Spinning Wheel Song, The Connemara Cradle Song, Three Lovely Lassies , Down By the Glenside, Thank You Ma'am Says Dan , If I were a Blackbird and of course The Moonshiner from which the delightfully assonant title for the show, I'll Live Till I Die is taken.
Don't miss for one afternoon only at Wexford Arts Centre Saturday 25th August 3pm