Tall Tales and Musical Stories from the Irish Tradition.
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Phone: 025 41939
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Age: All Ages
Booking Required: No
Mitchelstown Library welcomes Len Graham to perform on Culture Night. Len Graham is one of Ireland’s best known Traditional singers. He has gained an international reputation, not only for his inimitable singing style, but also for the breadth of his knowledge of Irish folk music.
Traditional Irish singer Len Graham offers traditional Irish songs in English mostly from the North of Ireland, with memories from a lifetime of collecting and singing. Len’s extensive repertory of Irish songs covers the whole gamut of themes and human experience as portrayed in early classic ballads, broadside ballads, local songs, come-all-ye’s, lyric folksongs, music hall pieces; songs on politics, murder, love, emigration and much more. Len Graham is one of Ireland’s best known Irish singers who has gained an international reputation, not only for his inimitable singing style, but also for the breadth of his knowledge of Irish folk music. Poet and writer Ciarán Carson says; “By definition, any traditional Irish singer is obliged to the past, but he assimilates the songs in the here-and now, and re-makes them in his own voice, continually. Those who know Len Graham’s singing will recognize artistry and the spontaneity of his voice; but there is no spontaneity without recollection. To be here, you must have been there; and Len has, many times.”
County Antrim born, Len Graham has been a full-time professional traditional singer since 1982. After he won the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann traditional singing competion in 1971 his reputation began to spread, and at the same time his own passion for the songs of his native Ulster was growing. From the early 1960s Len sought out and recorded older singers such as Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes. His musical friendship with Joe Holmes resulted in two albums being recorded – Chaste Muses, Bards and Sages (1975) and – After Dawning (1978).