The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series, in partnership with UWF's Music Hall Artist Series, presents ‘A Stór Mo Chroí, O’ Love of my Heart,’ an evening of Irish song and poetry with Irish brothers Mícheál & Owen Ó Súilleabháin, March 9, 2023.
“Ireland is a place in our imagination, as well as a tiny island in the North Atlantic Ocean. The vessel of Irish traditional song carries a deep wisdom expressing the giddy joys and poignant beauty of life. So, too, we share a powerful connection to spoken word and poetry.”
The Ó Súilleabháin brothers perform a repertoire of song and poetry that has been handed down to them from their family and wider Irish tradition. Their background in musicology, philosophy and wider academia gives their excellent musicianship a deep yet light-hearted insight. They are also brilliant entertainers, practicing hilarity as well as a deep reverence for the ground of tradition and innovation they inhabit. They have performed with Russell Crowe, The Chieftains, Sinead O Connor and Nigel Kennedy, to name a few. This concert will include a capella song, their own original songs and poetry. There is something for everyone at this special performance, the first by the brothers Ó Súilleabháin in Pensacola.
The Ó Súilleabháin brothers are engaged in a masterclass and performance series with the University of West Florida Dr. Grier Williams School of Music. They will play a central part in the annual Irish Experience, where arts-based UWF students have studied abroad in Ireland during the summer since 2014!
You can learn more about the brothers, their legendary mother Nóirín Ní Riain, and their tours of Ireland in 2023 at their website https://www.turasdanam.com/about
The event will be held at Old Christ Church, 405 S Adams St, Pensacola, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Directly following the event, a public reception will be held at the Museum of Commerce, 201 Zaragoza St, Pensacola.
Both the event and reception are free and open to the public. However, space is limited and tickets are required. Tickets can be secured at Eventbrite.com; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/experience-uwf-a-stor-mo-chroi-o-love-of-my-heart-irish-song-poetry-tickets-469353588217
The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series is presented and sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and is funded, in part, by the John C. Pace Symposium Series. Special thanks to the Pensacola Tiger Bay Club.
Learn more about the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series at uwf.edu/downtownlectures.