AN ENSEMBLE of renowned musicians and performers from all over the world will take to the stage of the Watergate this Summer in what promises to be a stunning fusion of sound and story telling.
Celtic Cry tells the story of the history of Ireland from the beginning of time with the arrival of the Firbolg (The Gaels) to their Isle of Destiny as was foretold to them by Moses. The show dramatises Ireland’s history with music, song, dance and stories of the land of Tir na nOg, Queen Mebh (the great warrior queen), Cu Chulainn (an Dearg Doom), the mighty Fianna warriors, the Tain Bo Culailgne, the High Kings of Ireland, Brian Boru and his battle with the Vikings at the Battle Of Clontarf and much more!
Singer/Songwriter Martin Brennan began writing original material for the Celtic Cry show in 2010. Now with the help of the musical director John Travers and a cast of international musicians, has created a show for all nationalities and ages.
“The show is geared towards the family and is for tourists and locals. Myself and Murt has always said that we would get together and work on a project. It goes back and tells the story of Ireland from the beginning of time. We are joined on stage by Lotta Virkhunen who is a violist, pianist, vocalist and Irish dancer. Chuck Weckyl who has played Carnegie Hall and has performed with the Nolan Sisters is also involved. In total there are six performers on stage, said John.
Murty Brennan is a multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter with over 25 years experience in the music industry. Over the years Murty has travelled extensively with many touring groups but most recently has been concentrating on composing and producing new works. His recent works have been included in documentaries on President Obama - Irish Roots, The Real Descendants and also stories of the Lost Souls of the Titanic. Murty has also worked as Stage Manager on theatre productions of Les Miserables, Moll, Juno and the Paycock and The Kings of Kilburn. Murty has received acknowledgement from Irish President Michael D. Higgins for his work with charities both here and in America with his song “The Kissing Gate,” helping to raise funds for Project Children in Pennsylvania. With the help of international singer-songwriter Dean Friedman and Kilkenny’s Jesters stage Academy continues to raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin Ireland
John Travers started playing the harmonica at age eight and by age eleven was in his first band as the drummer. John cites Levon Helm as his biggest influence. John eventually progressed to mandolin, thus starting his long love affair with stringed instruments. John’s extensive collection includes instruments as diverse as Apalacian Dulcimer, 5 String Banjo, Dobro, Auto-Harp to name but a few. John has played on, produced and engineered over 100 albums to date as well as touring extensively with the legendary Miami Showband and Horslips guitarist Johnny Fean.
The show will run at the Watergate Theatre on July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 and on August 1, 2, 22, 23, 29 and 30.