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Exile: Songs of Irish Australia

Exile - Songs and Tales of Irish Australia


Hamer Hall, Melbourne
20 February 2016

Adelaide Festival Centre
21 February

Factory Theatre, Marrickville
24 February

QPAC, Brisbane
29 February

Culture Ireland has lent its support to a new musical production celebrating Irish Australia.

'Exile' tells the story of the Australian-Irish in song, imagery, poetry and spoken word, presented in concert. Exile brings together an exclusive gathering of outstanding artists, from Ireland and Australia, in a scripted performance including:

Artistic Director: Shane Howard

Feature artists: Paul Kelly, Stephen Pigram, Declan O'Rourke, Leah Flanagan, Sean Tyrrell, Steve Cooney, Lynelle Moran, Ewen Baker, Pauline Scanlon, John Spillane and more.

Some of the artists bring newly created songs/tunes and story, while others bring particular skills to the rendering of carefully chosen historical songs. These songs/tunes have been gathered from a lifetime of touring Australia and Ireland while others have been collected in collaboration with the artists and co-musical Director, Ewen Baker. The songs/tunes follow a timeline that encapsulates seminal moments in Australian/Irish history. Exile will be presented as a condensed cultural history of the Irish in Australia, with an emphasis on authenticity.

The Exile website gives more details on dates, venues, and artists.