Wednesday 25th May, 2.00pm
Across The Water
A multi-media Interpretation of ‘The Last of the Name’ by Charles McGlinchey
Adapted from ‘The Last of the Name’ by Finbarr Doherty.
Performed by Finbarr Doherty (guitar and vocals), Paul Kelly ( actor, narrator),
Lorna McLaughlin (vocals, accordian), Seamus Devenney ( fiddle),
Paul McCarroll ( photographic projections)
Across The Water
‘Across The Water’ profiles rural life in late 19th. early 20th. c. Donegal, marrying traditional storytelling and literature with music and projected archival and contemporary photography.
In 2007, Carndonagh singer and songwriter Finbarr Doherty released ‘Across the Water’ – an album inspired by book ‘The Last of the Name’. He has now re-interpreted those songs into this multi-media show with actor Paul Kelly, and musicians Seamus Devenny and Lorna McLaughlin (The Henry Girls).
Film-maker Paul McCarroll, co-producer on the project, has filmed the show as part of a documentary, by iSeanachai.com, the Culdaff-based Digital Story-tellers.
Artist Marty Kelly has created new work specifically for this show. There are also contemporary photos from around Inishowen by Des Farren and Marie Barrett. Margaret Farren, a former member of the Charles McGlinchey Summer School, along with Denise McCool, has worked as part of the visual production, providing local archival photos, from the era in which McGlinchey lived in Clonmany, all of which offer the backdrop to the show.
The Context: The Last of the Name
Local stories – Universal themes
When Charles McGlinchey (1861-1955) was in his eighties, local Clonmany school teacher Patrick Kavanagh wrote down the stories McGlinchey told him during his bi-weekly visits.
Fascinated by the parish’s local history and lore, Kavanagh recorded McGlinchey’s stories in his own colloquial speech. Thirty years later, the manuscript found its way to Brian Friel, who edited the oral history into its present form.
In this book, filtered through a devoted schoolmaster and a master dramatist, is a voice that transports us to a period now beyond the grasp of living memory, an autobiography, a compendium of folklore and a vivid account of the life and times of a particular community in the north-west of Ireland. It captures a way of life which had not changed for hundreds of years – and Charlie the storyteller is invisible, the voice of the tribe.
According to Seamus Heaney, who played a key role in its publication, it’s “a book full of emotional truth and the beauty of immediate, trusting speech, overbrimming with folklore of great imaginative richness.”
Its themes ranging from the famine, emigration and landlords to poteen, poets, publicans and pilgrimages,while very local are also universal and connect to people around the world.
‘The Last of the Name’ has been translated in to Irish and French, there is also an audio book featuring Donegal actor Sean McGinley.
Admission Free but advance booking essential
Booking 074 9129186