No better man for it!
Yes, Dermot Kennedy has joined the line-up for Ireland 100: An Old Song Resung, a live concert presented by RTÉ and South Wind Blows to mark 100 years of the Irish State.
The event is set to take place at the RDS in Dublin on October 7 and will commemorate through performances one hundred years from 1923 – 2023 through the lens of Irish culture.
A host of previously announced performers and contributors will join Dermot including, trad group Moving Hearts, Damien Dempsey, Aiden Gillen, Tolü Makay, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Síle Denvir with Bláth na hÓige and Liam Ó Maonlaí.
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While Diarmaid Ferriter, the London Irish Pensioners Choir and many more will also perform at the event.
Tickets to show are free but limited and applications have now closed, according to RTÉ.
However not to fear, as the concert will be broadcast on RTÉ One, RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio 1 on Monday, October 30.
Speaking about what viewers can expect from the show a RTÉ spokesperson said: “Contributions and performances from some of Ireland’s outstanding artists, singers, musicians, dancers and broadcasters – combined with stunning archive film and stills projections – will create an immersive, engaging, reflective and memory-driven atmosphere.”
Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung takes its title from WB Yeats’ poem, Down By The Salley Gardens.
And given that Yeats was the first Irish Nobel laureate from the newly independent State, winning the award in 1923 – it only seemed fitting to name the event after his work!
So, will you be tuning in?