The site of the original monastic settlement of St Columba or Colmcille, St Augustine’s Church, is the venue for Songs of the Scribe, a unique musical celebration of the city’s Founding Father on Wednesday, June 5 as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.
Part of the build-up to Frank Cottrell Boyce’s eagerly anticipated citywide event, The Return on Colmcille on June 7 and 8, Songs of the Scribe will feature renowned musicians Pádraigín Ní Uallacháín, Dónal O’Connor, and Macdara Ó Graham.
Ní Uallacháin, traditional singer-in-residence at Queen’s University’s Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, delves deep into the history of our monastic tradition to dramatic effect. It is Inspired by ancient lyrics from the scribes and hermit poets of early Ireland and is set to music in the traditional style on fiddles/violas with vocal overtones.
Songs of the Scribe has been praised by Seamus Heaney as “a uniquely delightful work, because of the beauty of the singing… because of the sweetness and sureness and clarity of the voice and voicing; because of the way the integrity of the verse line is respected; because of the singer’s familiarity with the poems, in the music and in the modes.”
The evening of music at St Augustine’s Church on the City Walls starts at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Millennium Forum box office.
On Wednesday, June 5, at 6pm at the Tower Museum, Bernard Meehan is giving a talk on the Book of Kells. Meehan, Keeper of the Book of Kells, at Trinity College Dublin, will be giving an illustrated talk on the book thought to have been created in the Eighth Century at the Monastery founded by Colmcille on the island of Iona.
And on Thursday, June 6 at 7pm former lecturer at Magee Dr Brian Lacey will launch his new book on Colmcille.