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The Wonders of the Wake with Kevin Toolis

  • The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre 9 Market Street Armagh, Northern Ireland, BT61 7BW United Kingdom (map)

Admission: £14 | BOOK HERE

The Wonders of the Wake is a unique celebration of one of the oldest rites of humanity, the Irish Wake: in song, music, bardic poetry and story-telling. From the ancient Neolithic graves on Achill Island on the Atlantic seaboard, to the plains of Troy and Homer’s Iliad, to yesterday’s funeral, the Irish Wake still teaches us all how to live, love and die. The Wonders of the Wake in keening, music, song and word celebrates the craic, the joy, the prumsái, and the haunting lament of a traditional Irish Wake.

Wonders of the Wake is based on acclaimed writer Kevin Toolis’ bestselling book My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die and is an artistic collaboration with the beloved Monaghan-born Irish singer Mags Gallen and Mayo harpist Fred Hatton.

Mags Gallen is an actress and sings, plays piano and fiddle with the Irish Trad band Arcanadh and has widely toured in America and Europe. She lives in Westport, Co Mayo.

Freda Hatton Freda is originally from Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and is a graduate of Music and Irish from University College Cork. She won the Senior All-Ireland Harp Competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and at the O’Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue.  She has toured extensively all over the world.

Kevin Toolis is a film maker, a writer, a bardic poet and former war correspondent who reported on wars, famines and plagues across the world. Kevin shares his time between London and  the same oceanside village on Achill Island where his family have lived for the last 250 years.

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