Heart of Ireland' show hits Brisbane on St Patrick's weekend
BRISBANE'S proud Irish community are eagerly awaiting the 'Heart of Ireland' show on Thursday, March 16, at Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane and on Friday, March 17, at The Events Centre, Caloundra.
This show is an evening of world-class Irish dance, songs and stories from the rich cultural history of the Emerald Isle, presented by a host of international singers and touring musicians.
Stephen Carolan is the two-time world champion Irish dancer flying in from Dublin especially to perform.
A special guest to the show is Joe Lynch (62), an award-winning storyteller from the foothills of the remote Cork and Kerry mountains in the deep south of Ireland, now living in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. He has been filling venues like Woodford Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival in Canberra for many years recounting the ancient Celtic myths and legends layered with wisdom and romance and transporting his audiences to other worlds.
Joe recalls growing up in Ireland as a young boy with no electricity and so, of course, no TV or radio. "We did, however, have the turf fires and the seanchai: storytellers. My earliest memories are of sitting by the fire late at night being fascinated, frightened and mesmerized by poems of Yates, Poe, Tennyson and Frost.”
"I loved it with a deep, unexplainable love. Even before I could understand some of the words, I found poetry was a very spiritual art form. It could be so civilized and yet so raw and natural.”
Joe continues, "I was thirty-five years old when my world got turned upside down. Again, poetry came to the rescue. This time as the poet. I wrote insatiably in an effort to offload the pain of a broken heart.”
Joe's stories are, at once, hilariously funny, tragically sad and beautifully romantic. It is a rollercoaster ride that incorporates his Irish background and his Australian home.
As a third of all Australians are believed to have Irish heritage, it is little wonder that Brisbane is enthusiastically anticipating St.Patrick's Day celebrations this year.
Producer Mick Hughes reports "We are so excited to bring the show to Brisbane. The Irish dancers have all previously been in shows such as Riverdance, and the Brisbane-based Irish band Sásta, who are providing the live music for the show, are phenomenal.”
Limited tickets available: phone Eatons Hill Hotel on 3325 6777 and Caloundra Events Centre on 5491 4240. Discounts available for groups & seniors. www.HeartOfIreland.com.au