Nobel laureate invited to hear Eamon Friel song in his honour

Posted on: 30th November 2010

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has been invited to hear a song written in his honour, written and performed by celebrated local musician and songwriter Eamon Friel!

Eamon Friel will perform the best of his songs in concert at The Playhouse on Friday December 3.

Among the many of his best songs from over the years, Eamon Friel will also sing several of the hilarious songs from his musical comedy, The Music Makers, which premiered at The Playhouse this month.

One of the numbers from the musical, The Bard Of Nobel, is written about the renowned prize-winning poet.

"Just for a bit of craic I've asked the Playhouse to invite Heaney to the concert to hear this slightly irreverent song!" Eamon said.

"I hope he can make it because from what I've seen and read of him he does have a good sense of humour. It was another Irish poet, Patrick Kavanagh, who wrote that there was ‘a standing army of 10,000 Irish poets' here.

"In the musical the song is sung by the poets and describes their veneration of, and indeed envy of, Seamus, who seems to be the only poet round here making money out of what is a notoriously unprofitable profession.

"The Playhouse is now in the process of inviting Seamus to the concert and you never know!"

Tickets for Eamon Friel in Concert on Friday December 3 at 8pm are £11/ £8 and are on sale now at The Playhouse box office on (028)71 268027 or online at



He sets us on fire and makes us aim higher
It's him we admire we are underneath his spell
We want to be famous and wealthy like Seamus
He's famous he's Seamus, the bard of Nobel

Long did he labour for Faber & Faber
His verse like a sabre, he's doing so well
We want to be famous and wealthy like Seamus
He's famous he's Seamus,the bard of Nobel

His verse sweet as honey, his smile is so sunny
He makes so much money, his anthologies wil sell
We want to be famous and wealthy like Seamus
He's famous, he's Seamus, the bard of Nobel.


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