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Song of Granite

Thursday 26 April, 6pm
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Song of Granite is a portrait of the life and music of Joe Heaney, acclaimed as the greatest Irish sean-nós singer of all time. One of the great Irish tradition bearers of the 20th century, Heaney was nevertheless a shadowy, ambiguous figure, about whom little was known apart from the bare facts of his life: a childhood in Carna, Connemara, the last few decades spent in New York, the remarkable recordings of his unaccompanied singing.


Song of Granite is a sketched portrait: it lingers on the absences, on what we don’t and can’t know about Heaney, as much as on what we do know. Directed by Pat Collins, this is a powerful and uncompromising mix of documentary, expressionist flourish and biographical drama: a ‘subtle triumph’ according to the Irish Times; Screen International calls it ‘strikingly beautiful’.


This screening will be followed by a Q & A session with Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, one of the writers of the film, and himself an accomplished singer; it is supported by the Byre Theatre and the School of English at St Andrews University, and hosted by Dr Peter Mackay.


Event running time:  6pm – 8:30pm