Dundalk musician Emer Kenny will be releasing her new studio album with a live launch.
This album, entitled Ghosts, is presented by the Playhouse Theatre & Peacebuilding Academy and 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 living in 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 in excess of 75000. 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 and engineer 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 massacre, July 1975, who plays bass on the album in addition to reading an excerpt from his book. Giving spoken word testimonies are Margaret English whose father, Hugh Watters, was killed by a car bomb left outside Kay’s Tavern in Crowe Street, Dundalk, Christmas 1975 – David Cunningham and his mother Mary, who were caught up in Clarke’s Bar bombing Monaghan Street, Newry on Christmas Eve 1973, and Will Glendinning, who was an Alliance Party Councillor and Assembly Member for West Belfast 1977-1986 and served in the UDR in Armagh in the early 1970s. Also performing on the album is the Rev Gary Hastings, Rector of Holy Trinity, Killiney, a respected traditional musician and academic who has performed with the Chieftains. He is as an expert on Ulster's two- hundred- year- old fife and drum tradition and 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 the intention also that everyone in attendance would be given a free copy of the finished album on CD.
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