‘The USS MASON Meets the People of Derry'
Recorded at Old St. Patrick's Church, Chicago
We are inviting audiences to watch a concert entitled ‘The USS MASON Meets the People of Derry’ via video link.
Playhouse founder Pauline Ross was scheduled to be the guest of honour at the concert, which features a 150 voice choir, 60 piece orchestra, and wonderful soloists, including Derry’s own Gavin Coyle. Siamsa NaGael is produced and directed by musical maestro Bill Fraher with Playhouse patron Mary Pat Kelly writing the script for narrator Mark Shriver, son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
The theme of the programme was the radical hospitality of the Irish, as shown by the warm welcome given to the crew of the USS MASON, the only African American Sailors to take a US Navy warship into combat during WWII. Northern Ireland was their first foreign port, and as the Northern Virginia Journal and Guide headlined ‘Irish First to Treat USS Mason Crew Like Real Americans”.
Click below to watch the concert, which is available until April 17.
Siamsa na nGael 2020 Part 3 of 3