Songs and Stories for Christmas

Songs and Stories for Christmas

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8.35pm

An evening of Christmas music, carols, poems and stories to celebrate the festive season at The Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Friday 13 Dec at 8pm.

Featuring mezzo soprano Leanne Fitzgerald, pianist Michael Young, harper Eithne Walsh and very special guest poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice.

Followed by wine and cheese reception.

Tickets €15/€10 available from the Seanchaí Centre. Limited space so booking recommended.
Contact 06822212


Leanne Fitzgerald is a graduate from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she acquired a Bmus Honours Degree in Vocal Performance. Since then, she has performed throughout Ireland and abroad as both an ensemble singer and soloist. In 2017, Leanne joined the ranks of Ireland’s flagship choral group Chamber Choir Ireland conducted by Paul Hillier and in 2018, became a member of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir.

Leanne is also a core member of Irish award-winning a cappella ensemble Ardú and has performed with the group in Finland, Austria, Croatia, Italy and the UK.

On the opera scene, Leanne is regularly featured in chorus for Irish National Opera including La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Eithne and covered the lead role of Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. In 2018, Leanne was featured as an upcoming artist in INO’s Young Rising Star concert. In the same year, Leanne was named Company Artist with Cork Opera House and made her house debut as Pitti-Sing in their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.
Most recently, Leanne toured North America as a featured soloist with Columbia Artists’ production of ‘Songs of Ireland’.

Michael is a young pianist, accompanist and organist based in Limerick/Cork city. He has a particular interest in Musical Theatre and has musically directed a number of productions through the Munster region including "Songs for a New World", "The Last Five Years", "When Midnight Strikes", and "LIFT". He is a skilled pianist, organist and accompanist, graduating with a first class honours in piano accompaniment from the Cork School of Music.

Eithne is a harper from Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, she is a traditional singer and also plays the traditional Irish flute. She has attained provincial and All-Ireland titles and was awarded an M.A. in Traditional Irish Music Performance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick in 2016.

Performing regularly, she has played with the Irish Memory Orchestra in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin and Glór in Ennis. She also performed in ‘Lumen i Luimneach’ in a collaboration with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, recorded in St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick and broadcast on TG4.

Now living in Ennis, Co Clare, she has been embraced into the Irish Music scene there in the last number of years.

Deeply rooted in the literary tradition of North Kerry, Gabriel Fitzmaurice is a poet, broadcaster, writer, translator, singer and raconteur. He was born in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co Kerry where he still lives. For more than three decades, he taught and later served as principal at his local national school but is now happily retired. He has been called “poetry’s answer to John B Keane” (Books Ireland) and his poems have been described as “comparable to Burns for their insight and lyricism” (The Irish Times ).

He is the author of more than forty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in both English and Irish. In addition, he has published volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. He is a familiar voice on Kerry Radio where he hosts his own show. He is a former chair and literary advisor of Listowel Writers’ Week and is currently a committee member of Éigse Michael Hartnett.

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