WILLIAM PERCY FRENCH: HIS LIFE AND SONGS
With Teresa O'Donnell
30/09/2020 at 7:00pm
One hundred years ago, the world bade farewell to the multi-talented, William Percy French (1854-1920). Though probably best known as a writer of humorous songs, he was also active as an editor, concert promoter, water colourist, sketch writer, poet, banjo player, tennis player and stage entertainer. He has left a rich legacy of songs such as Phil the Fluter’s Ball, The Mountains of Mourne, Slattery’s Mounted Fut’ and Mat Hanigan’s Aunt’. Many songs were inspired by the characters and places he encountered on his travels around Ireland. This talk/recital invites you into the wonderful world of William Percy French as told in his own words.
Teresa O’Donnell is a harpist and musicologist who has performed extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, Africa and Asia, and appeared on BBC, RTÉ, CNN and NHK (Japan). In 2008, Teresa was awarded a Foras Feasa fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at Dublin City University. She has published widely on topics relating to Irish cultural history, semiotics, and performance studies and co-authored Sisters of the Revolutionaries: The Story of Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse with her sister, Mary Louise, which was published in 2017 by Merrion Press. Teresa has given lecture/recitals at events for Heritage week and Seachtain na Gaeilge organised by Fingal and Dublin City Councils and Reflecting the Rising (2016). She is a Musician-in-Residence with Fingal County Council and currently working on her next project; the life and music of Sarah Curran.
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