Concert - Hello Delia Murphy - Carmen Cullen & Gerry Anderson

Cois na hAbhna – Wednesday 27th May 2020, 8.30pm - €10

Carmen Cullen, former Director of The Oscar Wilde Autumn Wicklow School in Bray will present 'Hello Delia Murphy', a tribute in story and song to the iconic singer Delia Murphy at Cois na hAbhna, Gort Road, Ennis on Wednesday 27thMay 2020. This event will provide an opportunity to hear about one of Ireland's legends from a member of her own family. Carmen will be accompanied by Ashford musician Gerry Anderson as she performs some of Delia's best known songs, such as 'If I were a Blackbird' and 'The Spinning Wheel'.

Mayo-born Delia Murphy, who married Radio Eireann Director and Diplomat Thomas Kiernan, mined the field of Irish folk song to become the most important voice in Europe in the twentieth century. With her recordings of popular hits such as 'Down by the Glenside' and 'Courtin' in the Kitchen', she managed to give the native ballad prominence in the world of music.

Using family photographs, Carmen will offer a fascinating insight into her aunt's life and her extraordinary career. Delia Murphy's era, the thirties and forties in Ireland, is also recreated in a short dramatised Reading from Carmen's new Liberties Press novel, Two Sisters Singing; loosely based on Delia Murphy's life. 

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