Statistics may show Leitrim to have the smallest population in Ireland but when it comes to traditional music, literature, dance and theatre it packs heavy punches. One of the latest ventures to emanate from a group of artists there is the Leitrim Equation concert performance which features the best of Leitrim music combined with poetry, dance and film in one carefully crafted show.
Following its sell out premiere in Leitrim and at the RADA theatre in London, this wonderful show is returning home to a performance in Dublin at the Samuel Beckett Theatre on Friday 12th February. The show challenges as much as entertains and looks to the long tradition of Leitrim music to trace a wider history full of colour, of love and loss, and of leaving and coming back. From the hills of Sí Beag and Sí Mór and the pits of the Arigna mines to the music of Irish communities of London and New York; the show describes how landscape shapes us, how we live and learn, and find beauty in the smallest of things.
The production is the culmination of a residency in Leitrim over the last eighteen months by leading musicians Eleanor Shanley, Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin who have been researching and sourcing Leitrim music and song, and together with Dónal Lunny they will present beautiful arrangements of these tunes, some of which have not been played for over 100 years. The cast is completed by poet, playwright and broadcaster Vincent Woods and the captivating footwork of Seán Nós dancer Edwina Guckian with lighting design by Michael Cummins and film by Johnny Gogan.
Friday 12th February 2016 @8:00pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin.
Booking: www.leitrimequation.ie or 018962461