As we all know music can play a large part in the lives of people who have left the country of their birth. It can also mean a great deal to their children and grandchildren.
In this project we want to connect stories of the people who left Ireland with Irish songs. We will take these stories and songs and turn them into a piece of audio or visual theatre, to be performed online or in a live venue when circumstances allow.
Anyone with a story to tell can take part. Anyone who would prefer to tell us their story over the phone rather than write it down should send us an email and we will get back to you.
Think about an Irish song you love. It can be from any era. Then ask yourself why you like the song. It could be because you just love the music and that’s great, however we would like to hear from you if you feel a personal connection to that song.
Perhaps it makes you think of a certain person every time you hear it? Maybe it was the first dance that you had with someone special. You or your parents might even have danced to it at your wedding. Or was it the song played at a ‘farewell’ event for someone who was leaving Ireland.
People sometimes connect with a song because it brings some form of comfort or consolation . In the opposite direction there are those songs which evoke happier times of great evenings spent with friends or family. Whatever it is, we would like to hear from you.
Please get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org putting “Songs From the Heart” in the Subject line and we will get back to you. We hope to start putting the songs and stories together at the end of February so if you could get your ideas to us by mid February that would be great.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH WE HAVE CLOSED THIS PROJECT FOR THE TIME BEING YOU CAN CONTINUE TO SEND US YOUR IDEAS AND WE MAY USE THEM IN FUTURE.
Thanks to Klimkin from Pixababy for use of his images.