Charlie Lennon – Áille na hÁille: evocative suite about 1916 signatories
Áille na hÁille/A Terrible Beauty
Charlie Lennon’s new suite, commissioned by Gael Linn, adds to the depth and breadth of interpretation of our past in this centenary year.
Lennon uses a wide range of traditional idioms to add light and shade to what is an evocative work, with signatories’ personal histories acting as vignettes that unite to form a cohesive narrative.
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh brings a spare and poignant edge to the two songs referencing Pearse and Plunkett.
The true unifying force is Lennon, who uses jigs, double jigs, slow airs and a sweeping sonata for violin and piano (featuring Finghin Collins and Elizabeth Cooney) to tell these tales with no small degree of chutzpah.