As part of this year’s RETURN TO CAMDEN there will be a special UK Premiere of The Leitrim Equation – Irish music, dance and poetry – in at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) on Sunday 25 October.
It is being supported by Leitrim County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.
It looks to a long tradition of Leitrim music in Ireland’s northwest to trace a wider history full of colour, of love and loss, and of leaving and coming back, from the mythical hills of Sí Beag and Sí Mór and the pits of the Arigna mines and Sliabh an Iarainn to the music of the Irish communities of London and New York.
The show describes how landscape shapes us, how we live and learn, and how we find beauty in the smallest of things.
It is the work of musicians Eleanor Shanley, Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin who spent 18 months bringing it together, researching and sourcing Leitrim music and song.
They are joined by Dónal Lunny to arrangements of tunes, some of which have not been played for over 100 years.
Among the cast is Leitrim poet, playwright and broadcaster Vincent Woods and of Seán Nós dancer Edwina Guckian.
The lighting is by Michael Cummins the show also incorporates film by Johnny Gogan of Bandit Films.
Earlier in the evening at 5.30pm in the RADA studio, the English language version of documentary ‘The Godfather’, about the life and music of Leitrim fiddle player Bryan Rooney, will be given its world premiere.
London-based Rooney is one of Ireland’s most noted and respected Irish fiddle players and received the TG4 Musician of the Year Award in 2012.
The film traces Bryan’s story from his childhood in north Leitrim to his adopted home in London.
The Leitrim Equation concert performance is at 8.00pm on Sunday 25 October in the Royal Academy of dramatic Art (RADA) Studio Theatre, 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX as part of the Return to Camden Town Festival.
Tickets are £15/£13 saver and they can be booked through www.leitrimequation.ie.
For more info on the full festival line-up go to www.returntocamden.org