Finally I am getting the time to write to you all again. It has been a hectic few months with a lot of exciting projects ahead in the pipeline. We recently had the fantastic opportunity to open the WW1 commemoration events in Mountmellick Arts centre with a show that I produced called ‘Saluting the Brave’.
The show, commemorating the unsung heroes of WW1, takes the form of music, song, drama and dance – and shows the power of the propaganda at the time, the naivety of these young men of sixteen and seventeen years of age searching for adventure and hoping to earn a living, the sadness of those they left behind and a misguided journey that ended in the horror of the trenches.
I enjoyed, not only researching and scripting the show, but also learning the songs and music from the time, songs such as the well known numbers of Gallipoli, Keep the Home Fires Burning, Willie McBride and many more … and the fantastic musicians that I am fortunate to work with in my band helped to glue it all together. I wish to thank all those involved with all aspects of the performance, from my band-mates Eamonn, Robert and James to the actors, dancers, and stage crew, and those who manned the lighting and sound, and to the Mountmellick WW1 Committee for their hard work in organising the ten days of commemoration and for asking us to open the events. I would also like to thank Mary Kavanagh of the Leinster Express and Claire O Brien and Will Faulkner of Radio 3 for promoting the events. And last but not least, a big thank you to the fantastic audience who came on the night and were both attentive, participative, and for the standing novation at the end – it makes all the hard work, early mornings, and very late nights worth while. Without you, the audience, we cannot continue on this musical journey so thanks for the support, phone calls and emails we have received since the event. They have been particularly touching.
We look forward to some recorded footage coming soon and to the future events.
Emer : )